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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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  • JOHN
  • COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA, United States
  • 11-27-14

ANOTHER DARK MYTERY FROM TODD, BUT ALITTLE TO LONG

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

MAYBE, NOT SURE

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

THE WAY TODDS PLOTS, ALWAYS CIRCLE BACK ON THEM SELFES.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

SIMON PREBBLE IS ONE OF THE TOP NARRATORS IN THE BUISNESS AS FAR AS I,M CONCERNED.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

NO

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  • barbara
  • Chiswick, Australia
  • 01-14-13

too much too fast

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

0 of 1 people found this review helpful