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Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Charles Todd
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18 Feb 2013 Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries (Book 15)

Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must contend with two dangerous enemies in New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd's Proof of Guilt.

Can Rutledge solve the apparent murder of a top wine merchant while dealing with interference from his superior, the new Acting Chief Superintendent?

Readers of Charles Todd’s Bess Crawford books and London-based Ian Rutledge mysteries will be thrilled with Proof of Guilt, clue by clue.


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (18 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015686
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,010,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There’s a grand design to Charles Todd’s period novels featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge....elegant mysteries.” (Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times Book Review.)

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Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest complex mystery in the New York Times bestselling series

London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed?

One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance—or possible death? What about his sister? Or the London office clerk? Is Matthew Traynor, French's cousin and partner who heads the Madeira office, somehow involved?

The experienced Rutledge knows that suspicion and circumstantial evidence are not proof of guilt, and he's going to keep digging for answers. But that perseverance will pit him against his supervisor, the new acting chief superintendent. When Rutledge discovers a link to an incident in the French family's past, the superintendent dismisses it, claiming the information isn't vital. He's determined to place the blame on one of French's women despite Rutledge's objections. Alone in a no-man's-land rife with mystery and danger, Rutledge must tread very carefully, for someone has decided that he, too, must die so that cruel justice can take its course.


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By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I quite enjoyed this novel with it's post war themes and the odd, quirky Inspector Rutledge who has been suffering, and arguably still is, from the effect of post traumatic stress due to his experiences in the military. I was intrigued by Hamish, a disembodied voice existing inside Rutledge's head, and the story behind his creation is extremely original and perhaps one of the best elements of the novel but; this has been a long series of books and you're missing out on a huge amount of background information if you read this one before the others. I don't think it works well as a stand alone. The plot's not overly complicated and involves a lot of movement from place to place as Rutledge follows a series of clues leading him on a cat and mouse chase involving, amongst other things, the world of fine wine and unexplained disappearances. There's little I'd describe as dark or disturbing and the plot relies upon a sense of building mystery and post war atmosphere to draw the reader in. I'd recommend Proof of Guilt to those who enjoy a slow, thoughtful read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Detective Novel 8 Feb 2014
By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
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This is a really good detective novel. Set just after the first world war, you can feel the atmospherics.
Suspense and pace abounds.
This is an easy read. Difficult to put down
Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thriller 31 Dec 2013
By dali
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This is a well written and atmospheric crime novel. This novel is set in the period just after the first world war. The novel is easy to read and full of suspense as well as being evocative of its period setting. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am a big fan of the Inspecter Rutledge books. 29 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually cant put them down. However for me the constant to~ing and fro~ing of Rutledge over the southern countryside started to get a bit tedious. Plus there was too much confusion towards the end as to who was dead and where and by whom. Its almost as if the co~writing team took it in turns to write the plot a different way.
And what happend to Lewis French in the end. I was vey surprised at the abrupt ending.
It wont put me off reading some more of Charles Gray though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars uneven 6 April 2014
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The first part of this mystery takes off with a pretty good pace and in an interesting setting, but then there is a very long and slow-moving middle part followed by a rushed ending. The writing is consistently ok throughout, but the story doesn't hold up. I'll not be back for more of this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! 21 Nov 2013
By G. J. Oxley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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As a big reader of crime and detective fiction I find it strange that Charles Todd has never previously shown up on my radar. The authors (unusually it's a mother and son writing team) hail from Delaware and North Carolina, but unusually have decided to set their Ian Rutledge detective series in England, with Rutledge working for Scotland Yard.

An unknown man is run over and killed and murder is suspected with Rutledge leading the investigation.

This is nicely told and old-fashioned in a way, yet it's still a page turner. A very good yarn!
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4.0 out of 5 stars it seems im missing out 25 Sep 2013
By gadget girl VINE VOICE
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im not usually a fan of detective series novels but this one was quite good , a slightly strange main charachter with a side kick in his imagination and lots of murder , mystery and mayhem. i will probably go back over the rest of the series as this was a fairly easy read until the end. good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this series of books. As with the other series. Cannot wait for next one, which is already on re order.
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