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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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Great!

I Very much enjoyed this mystery and the reader is a favorite. Worth the read!

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  • Elizabeth
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States
  • 06-12-15

Too many characters winding meandering plot

Was very long and too wordy I completely lost track of what was going on was glad when it was over

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 05-11-15

A very complex mystery, true to form

This novel has a lot of characters both past and present - at times I found the book confusing, probably because I listened to it in small segments during my short commute to work and this did not do it justice. I have found the Ian Rutledge novels are best listened to for longer stretches and they are engrossing enough to be enjoyed that way.

I have listened to this series in order, which is great, but I think any of the books could stand alone. I highly recommend the series and the books and both the narrators who read them. I haven't read any of these in print so I can't compare.

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Too intellectual

Ian rutledge needs a personal life. He's sounding more like a machine in this story. Too cut off from his feelings to function sanely. This man is going to crack. This story was too intellectual.

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Enjoyable time in old England

If you could sum up The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery in three words, what would they be?

Old England mystery

What did you like best about this story?

The blend of mystery and old England

What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character voice

Any additional comments?

A nicely plotted, enjoyable read. Mystery plotted in old England. I will try some of the other books after reading this one.

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  • A User
  • Danville, IN, United States
  • 05-21-14

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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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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A Great Who Did Story

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

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

sadly boring

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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