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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | [Charles Todd]

The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.
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Publisher's Summary

Scotland Yard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series.

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name - and who put a bullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?

The inspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

©2012 Charles Todd (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-21-14
    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "10 hours seemed more like 20"

    The Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are certainly that- mysterious. They are dark, plodding, gloomy, and at times tedious. I love an intricate plot, and these books do have very entangled plots. But sometimes it seems the Charles Todd makes the story so complex and entangled that it strains credulity... and not in a good way. The police procedural details that I usually enjoy following are slow, slow and slow. And did I say slow? I wanted to stop listening several times, but stuck with it just out of curiosity as to just which unlikely character would turn out being the murderer. Simon Prebble does a good job with his narration, and much of the descriptive writing is quite good. The whole post WW1 historical background is also interesting. But I can't either read or listen to another one of these books. Whew!

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

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    "Not a winner"

    I found this mystery novel tedious, long and a bit boring. The main character was depressive and the mystery was not particularly interesting. None of the characters seemed well developed or engaging.

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    Patricia Gympie, Australia 03-04-13
    Patricia Gympie, Australia 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Confession?

    I liked the way the book wove the characters together. Making you really think about who did it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    to me it wasn't an on the edge book, but a good tale that kept you coming back to hear more.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Ruledge & his dead mate giving his opinion was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 02-20-13
    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth a credit."
    What did you love best about The Confession?

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I have listened to over 100 books over the years and this book takes place after WW1 which is was something new for me and the story moved right along. Is it the best book I have listened to no, but was it worth one of my credits absolutely.


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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-18-12
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    I thought I would enjoy this series from the reviews. I enjoy English period mysteries like the Masie Dobbs series, but this was far from Masie Dobbs in my opinion. I found it very bleak, boring and I just wasnt following the story line after a while. I wont be listening to any others in the series!

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    barbara Chiswick, Australia 01-14-13
    barbara Chiswick, Australia 01-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not particularly, I liked the setting - just after WW1 - the author created a very interesting setting and it was also very interesting to hear how England life was affected by the war.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Confession?

    Not one particular moment


    What aspect of Simon Prebble’s performance would you have changed?

    I'm sorry but Mr Prebble just reads too fast. He does all the characters beautifully but I found I had at times needed to 're wind' to hear what he had said. It made it particularly difficult as there are so many characters and it was quite difficult to keep up with who they were and where they fitted into the story.
    I was a bit more used to it by book 2, but still quite difficult to keep up with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Best read on long drive when you won't have any interruptions - very hard to keep up with the story otherwise

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