The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #14)
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The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge #14)

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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...more
Unknown Binding, 344 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by William Morrow & Company (first published December 15th 2011)
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Mystery Lover
I have been with this series from the beginning, anticipating each new release, but if you are jumping in, with this as your first book, you'd have to wonder what Detective Inspector Ian Rutledge is really like because Charles Todd doesn't show you, and this Ian Rutledge is totally lacking in personality, plodding along as he tries to solve the murder. The characters are really flat and as dreary as his setting. Because we know so little about the victim, we really don't care that he's dead.

I re...more
Sue
May 19, 2013 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: readers of historical fiction, mysteries
Another interesting episode in the ongoing series of Ian Rutledge mysteries. I continue to enjoy reading about post WWI Britain life through the lens of Rutledge's jaundiced, shell-shocked eye. While the crime and it's ultimate solution are center-most, what is happening in British society and the lingering effects of the war on all members are also included.

In this outing, Hamish's presence is assumed, less explained, as are Rutledge's lingering symptoms from the War. They are a given. His pers...more
Patsyann
This Ian Rutledge mystery shows a change in Inspector Rutledge. He has begun to slowly heal.
He is at his strongest in this book. Hamish is now mainly a voice that confirms ideas or helps Inspector Rutledge form new ideas about the latest murder mystery that he is solving. Hamish does not give any blame nor reminds Inspector Rutledge of past sins. This is more refreshing because the mystery becomes the main story line.
Again, as in all the other books, Inspector Rutledge uses that little trick of...more
Joanne
Inspector Rutledge is back, fragile and sleep-deprived as ever. It would be nice if he could please get some rest, rather than running hither and yon between London and his place of investigation, ostensibly becuase they don't have telephone coverage. (That plot point seemed pretty contrived).

The story here is engaging. A deathly ill man appears at Scotland Yard, confesses to Rutledge, then wishes to retract his confession. His body shows up in the Thames a short time later, and Rutledge sets of...more
Chris Swann
Solid writing as usual and Inspector Rutledge is as compelling as ever, but the story is too complicated by far. By "complicated" I don't mean I don't like having to think when I read, but this story wanders off into the weeds in a way the other Rutledge novels haven't. I am also wondering if Rutledge will ever progress as a character. Arkady Renko in Martin Cruz Smith's novels is another wonderful detective character, but over several novels he has changed and grown, or at least his personal wo...more
AmandaSOTP
I love a good mystery and when I first started this, I likened him to a good Wilkie Collins story, however, by the time I was finished, I couldn't wait to put the book down and in some ways forget I ever read it. I know that maybe if I was a fan of the series or had read some of the other books, this may have been different, but what started out as a good potential story, it faltered and failed.

Ian Rutledge is the epitome of a Scotland Yard detective. He's smart, polite, always a gentleman, disc...more
Kathy Davie
Fourteenth in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series revolving around a Scotland Yard detective still suffering from shell shock after World War I.

The year is 1920.


My Take
Either Todd is getting tired of writing it or Rutledge is beginning to recover a bit from the shell shock as he isn't experiencing the same depth of problems in this installment.

Jeez, it's hard to believe an entire village can be so involved in the smuggling that they can simply write off human mercy—"a communal conscience.....more
Sara
Charles Todd is actually an American mother/son writing team. They write mystery novels set in the World War I period. This happens to be a time that I am completely obsessed with, so I’ll forgive them their lack of firsthand Britishness. The Todd team, henceforth to be refered to just as Charles Todd, currently write two series. My favorite is the Bess Crawford series. Bess is a nurse during WWI and her penchant for investigation dovetails nicely with her desire to help those she encounters.

Thi...more
Ann Mcelligott
The fourteenth book in the Inspector Rutledge series, and I am now caught up. More than usual, I was kept guessing right to the end. In the final chapters, as Inspector Rutledge was mulling over the evidence he had and found himself unable to settle on his suspect, I was confused right along with him.

I enjoy books set in this post WWI period. The Rutledge series is a nice complement to the Maisie Dobbs series. Rutledge is a complicated character as he is a highly competent investigator with Sco...more
Larraine
I was telling a friend today that I had become even more discerning about the books I read. In the past few months, I have returned a fair amount of books to the library after reading only a few pages. Either I care about the characters or not - that's what drives my reading. In this most recent addition to the Inspector Ian Rutledge series authored by the mother/son writing team under the name of Charles Todd, I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I think this may be the best one yet. (Of cou...more
LJ
First Sentence: the body rolled in the current gently, as if still alive.

It is not ever day Inspector Ian Rutledge has a man walk into his office at Scotland Yard and confess to a murder five years previous. The man is reluctant to provide details but Ian does learn he’s from a village east of London. Still a murder confession is still a murder and Ian begins unofficially looking into the matter. Things take a turn when the confessor turn up murdered two weeks later. A gold locket leads Rutledge...more
Cathy
It was fun spending time with Rutledge and Hamish again and this was a well-crafted mystery plot. When the Todds first started, they had difficulty coming up with endings that I found believable and satisfactory. A few books ago they got that figured out and this conclusion to Rutledge's detection works--enough of a twist so that I wasn't expecting the specific murderer, but with a sufficient planting of clues so that I could ferret out the main reasons behind the crime and the revelation didn't...more
Lewis Weinstein
I am a great fan of this series, but this one was disappointing.

There were some good elements to the story ... but way too many of them. I found myself confused by too many characters, too many crimes, and too many complex plot lines, some of them centuries old and only barely relevant. One result of all this was that I never had any feeling for any of the characters, including Inspector Rutledge. In other Rutledge books I've read, I felt involved with him and caring for his personal dilemmas as...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Furnham was a fishing town with very unfriendly residents that could spot an unfriendly outsider immediately when he walked into town. Ian Rutledge was the stranger that screamed police, and the residents screamed nothing but coldness and silence. What could they be hiding, and why would they deny that they knew anything about the dead man in the photo when he had relatives in the town and had lived there nearby as a child? The residents of Furnham were an odd lot with loyalty to each other and...more
TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez
The Confession is the first of the “Inspector Rutledge” mysteries written by the mother-son team Charles Todd, that I’ve read. I liked the book very much, and I’ll be reading more from this series in the future. The characters were well developed, the mystery was intricate yet believable, and the writing was very good.

Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War, is Scotland Yard’s premiere inspector. During the course of a routine workday, a man Rutledge has never seen before walks into h...more
Patricia
A man walks into Rutledge’s office at Scotland Yard and identifies himself as Wyatt Russell. From Russell’s appearance, it is obvious that the man is very ill. Russell admits to Rutledge that he is suffering from cancer and does not have long to live. His purpose for visiting Scotland Yard is to confess that he killed a man in 1915 and was never apprehended. Russell states that confessing is the only way to clear his conscience. He names his victim as his cousin, Justin Fowler.

Rutledge is curiou...more
Annette
I have fallen in love with these mystery books. The Confession is my third, but first from the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I've read two out of three from the Bess Crawford series. I've ordered more from the library.

Our main character is Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard in London, England. The time period is post World War I. Rutledge is a Veteran of the war and suffers from shell shock or what we now call post traumatic stress disorder. His present commander of Scotland Yard is sensit...more
Pamela
In this thirteenth outing for Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge, a man walks into Rutledge’s office and announces, “I’m dying of cancer, and I want to clear my conscience. I killed a man in 1915.” The dead man, it turns out, was his cousin. Within days of the man’s confession, he is found murdered in the Thames.

Inspector Rutledge is frustrated because the man refused to give him critical information other than the murder occurred in Essex. It doesn’t take long for Rutledge to find that the man hadn’t...more
Jan

It is the summer of 1920, and the horrors world war 1 are still fresh in everyone’s memory. In London, our hero, shell-shocked Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard, is handed a rather perplexing mystery to solve. A man has confessed to killing his cousin and then, within days, this confessor is found dead. London, and a tiny, tucked away village on the edge of the Essex Marshes, are the stages this mystery plays out on. The rivers, the marshes, the inlets, the shoreline, the tides, with the o...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Confession, by charles Todd, a-minus, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Produced by Harper Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

Detective Inspector of Scotland Yard, Ian Ruttledge has a visitor in his office one day-a man comes in, clearly very ill, and says he must confess to a murder he committed five years earlier. He gives a name, but not a specific place where the murder occurred. Ruttledge can’t open a case with so little information to go on, but he’s curious and starts digging on his own. He...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Once again Charles Todd takes his readers into a deeply woven mystery that will leave you completely second guessing yourself to the very end. In his latest novel, The Confession, once more we follow Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge as he meets with a strange man who confesses that he's dying of stomach cancer and wishes to leave his conscience clear. He reveals that his name is Wyatt Russel, and that he has killed his long time friend Justin Fowler.

Before Rutledge can question Wyatt Russel any furt...more
Judy
The 14th installment in the Ian Rutledge series and the series is still going strong. Inspector Ian Rutledge is shocked when a man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses to murdering a man five years earlier. However, he won't give any details, but he admits that he is dying of cancer and that he wants to clear his conscience before he dies. After questioning, all he will tell Rutledge is that his name is Wyatt Russell and the crime took place in a small village east of London. Two weeks later,...more
Gloria Feit
This latest in the long-running Inspector Ian Rutledge series finds him in his office shortly after the end of World War I listening to a man calling himself Wyatt Russell confess to murdering his cousin years before.. The man tells Rutledge he has stomach cancer and just a very short time to live but wanted to “clear his conscience.” Little did he know that he would be shot in the head and left in the Thames in just a matter of days. Now the Inspector has more than one murder to solve, and emba...more
Stephen
It is 1915 and three men are fishing the marshes in Essex , outside London, when they come across a body floating in the water. They determine that the man has been shot in the back of the head and they also discover that he is carrying a fair amount of cash. Since he can't use the money, they decide to split it three ways and keep it a secret from their wives. And so starts Charles Todd's latest , Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery.
It is now 1920 and the Great War is over. Sgt.Hampton brings a vi...more
Jacqie
This seemed to me to be an average addition to this long-running series. A man comes to Inspector Rutledge, confesses to a murder but doesn't want to give any details, and shortly thereafter is murdered himself. It was a strange beginning to a book, and half-way through (as far as I got) I still can't figure out why the man came to make the confession in the first place, for all is not as it appears. (Surprising, I know.)
Rutledge goes into marsh country, and there's a bit of interesting meditat...more
David
Most writers tend to get better with each book they write, and the same holds true for the mother/son writing team known as Charles Todd. In The Confession, the 14th outing of their shell-shocked WWI veteran and Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, the Todds show how their writing style continues to grow.

The book starts out in 1915 in the small fishing village of Furnam where a group of fishermen find the body of a dead English soldier floating in the water. Even after realizing the soldier had...more
Jane
I first discovered Charles Todd (a mother and son writing duo) through their Bess Crawford series. Since I like the Bess Crawford series so much, I have since listened to the last two books in their Ian Rutledge series.

I don't normally like starting series in the middle, but doing so has not been an issue with the Ian Rutledge series. There are definitely some things about the main character that I don't know - mainly having to do with a woman he doesn't like to think about - but it has not aff...more
Deb
It is August 1920, and Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself with a puzzling new case. A dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses to a five-year-old murder. But there is no body, no evidence and no one in Furnham village wants anything to do with the police. Then the confessor is himself found floating in the Thames, the victim of a gunshot to the back of the head. On top of that, the guilt-stricken confessed murderer is not who he claimed to be. Rutledge knows he must investigate, but wh...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I haven't read this series before, but, I will look the older books up after reading 'True Confession.' This book was complex, well written, excellent dialog, and a puzzling murder mystery. This novel is well worth the time invested and the cost of the novel.

The time is post- WWI (1920) in London's famous Scotland Yard. War veteran, Inspector Ian Rutledge interviews an ill man who confesses to a murder back in 1915. Inspector Rutledge next hears of the man when his body is discovered in the rive...more
Biddy
This was my first Charles Todd mystery. I can't think why I didn't read one before - well, that is not quite true. I had my doubts that a US Mother/Son combination could carry off a mystery set in England post WW1. I WAS WRONG! I have been mulling over why exactly I enjoyed this book so much. What first came to mind was the book's pacing, which I loved. It fitted so perfectly with the setting, the era and with Inspector Rutledge's character. The descriptive parts were so well done and were most...more
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