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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
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by William Morrow (first published December 15th 2011)
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Mystery Lover
Apr 07, 2012 Mystery Lover rated it it was ok
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
Dec 08, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Feb 06, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Fourteenth in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series revolving around a 1920 Scotland Yard detective still suffering from shell shock after World War I.

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 … laden wit
Nov 19, 2012 Patsyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 14, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Christopher Swann
Feb 08, 2012 Christopher Swann rated it it was ok
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
Dec 22, 2011 AmandaSOTP rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
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
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
Apr 14, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
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.

Jan 20, 2012 Larraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann Mcelligott
Jul 26, 2012 Ann Mcelligott rated it it was amazing
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
Lewis Weinstein
Feb 18, 2013 Lewis Weinstein rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2017 Viccy rated it really liked it
A man walks into Ian Rutledge's office in Scotland Yard and confesses to the murder of Justin Fowler. Except no one seems to know if Fowler is really dead or not. Several days later, that same man is found in the Thames with a bullet in the back of his head. Except he was dying of cancer, so why would someone shoot him? As Rutledge investigates, he discovers Wyatt Russell, the man he claims to be, was, indeed, not Wyatt Russell, who survived the Great War and now lives in a convalescent home due ...more
It's 1920 and World War I is now well in the rear-view mirror, but Inspector Ian Rutledge is still suffering some of the effects of shell-shock (as PTSD was called in those days). He's getting stronger though, and it was refreshing in this 14th entry in Charles Todd's series to find him much closer to normal and able to function at a higher level than he has previously.

He is still haunted by the voice of Hamish, the young Scots soldier under his command that he had had to execute for failure to
Jan 18, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 18, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2012 Jacqie rated it liked it
Shelves: didnt-finish
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
Apr 26, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-confession
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
Jan 08, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Mar 08, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it

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
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
Nov 13, 2016 Jan rated it liked it
I'm still loving this series. The blend of twisty crime story, an engaging and complex protagonist and the view of English society post-World War I continues to be compelling.

The closed and secretive village that Rutledge finds himself in is truly scary. It's quite possible to believe that he could have been knocked over the head by any one of the hard-faced men who live in the village and his body dumped in the endless marshes. It was really quite difficult to find any of the characters in eit
Feb 07, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nov 13, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
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
Kathleen Hagen
The Confession, by charles Todd, a-minus, Narrated by Simon Prebble, Produced by Harper Audio, Downloaded from

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
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