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No Shred of Evidence

(Inspector Ian Rutledge #18)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,739 ratings  ·  495 reviews
On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.

Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach the village, however. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by William Morrow
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It looks like the paperback edition was released in November; the hardback was indeed published much earlier in the year (February, I think).

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Diane S ☔
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the last several months I have been reading through the large spate of psychological thrillers being published, all supposed to be the new Gone Girl or Girl on the train. Some are good, some not but they have all become jumbled in my head, one just blending in with the other, and I grew tired of them It was so nice to return to straight out detective procedural or historical novels. Need to catch up on some of my series, of, which this is one.

Two years after the war ended, Rutledge, who is
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE is book 18 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I have only previously read the first book in this series, but I had no problem getting into this book. There are some mentioning of events from previous books, but I don't think one needs to read previous books to keep up with what's going on in NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE.

Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit to being a bit in love with Inspector Ian Rutledge, as damaged and driven and guilt-ridden as he is. Don't know how he can seem so kind, caring & soft- hearted after what he endured. Plus, he's just so damned smart! Yes, yes, I know I'm going on about a fictional character but he seems real after reading 18 books with him as the main character. This is typical in that it involves many twists, turns, twisted love, local dense policeman & other usual village folk. Definitely a ...more
Having read this entire series, this is the one I have enjoyed the least. But I could not give it a 2 star because Ian is developing and there are portions of this which were a progression to the overall psychological changes as the years "after" the Great War turn, one and then another, and then another. And now "the differences" from that "just punctured" psyche are beginning to evolve.

It was the plot and the placements this time that I thought much less interesting and probable (both) than
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very nicely written, may I say "genteel" mystery, set in England just after WWI. This is the 1st I've read in this series (it is actually # 18 in this series), but it works fine as a stand-alone. The author's bio says "Charles Todd" is a mother-son writing team. I do not know how that works as far as writing is concerned, but they manage to portray a nice feeling of the manners and tone of that era. The Scotland Yard detective, Ian Rutledge, is a good hero, and he obviously has a back ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sigh. I really, really wanted to give this three stars, but in all honesty I just can't.

One fine day, four young women go boating on the river. On the way home, they encounter a man whose boat is sinking, and of course, they try to rescue him. Or do they? In the end, the man is dead and the four friends are accused of murder. Inspector Ian Rutledge is called in to investigate only to find a shocking lack of evidence, and great resistance from everyone he talks to. There are blustering fathers,
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I used to read a lot more mysteries than I do now, when I've gravitated more towards thrillers and psychological suspense. This book was a true mystery, and a little too sedate for my taste. It wasn't until two thirds of the way through this book that the story actually became interesting to me. I have not read anything else by this author, but this (the 18th book in the series) worked fine as a standalone. I suspect, however, that the author's fans will like it more than I did.

In this book,
Kathy Davie
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eighteenth in the Inspector Ian Rutledge historical mystery series and revolving around an inspector suffering from PTSD. This story takes place in Cornwall in the fall of 1920.

My Take
Todd jams us up in a hard twist right from the start. Four girls enjoying a last row on the river until they try to rescue a drowning man and encounter a lying witness.

I gotta say, from the start I did not like Victoria. What a selfish little snob! Her whole attitude about a man in trouble on the water was so cold.
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ian Rutledge books make up a superior series. The impact of World War I on English society is always apparent within the individual books in the series. The challenge of hunting murderers in a pre-CSI world is always interesting. The description of Rutledge's personal challenges, deeply rooted in his wartime experience, are frequently moving. I look forward to each book eagerly. Having said all that, I have issues with "No Shred of Evidence" that won't lower its 4-star rating, but explain ...more
Judy Lesley
This is a wonderful place for new readers to the Inspector Rutledge series to begin their journey with Ian and the not-so-often present Hamish. The Charles Todd writing team did a thorough job of allowing new readers to understand the background for Rutledge, his service in World War I, his ex-fiancé Jean Gordon, and the specter of Hamish McLeod which haunts Ian day and night. I was glad to see Hamish playing a smaller role in the story because that meant that Rutledge had a chance to proceed ...more
Gail Cooke
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Theres very little peace for the Todd hero Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge but always a compelling story for readers. Rutledge is perspicacious but troubled by his experiences in the Great War. He suffers from shell shock and guilt due to the killing of a young Scot soldier, Hamish MacLeod, who refused an order. The voice of Hamish is with Rutledge to this day, speaking to him whether invited or not.

No Shred Of Evidence takes place in the Cornish countryside, which is beautifully
Tom Jenckes
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing novel! Ian Rutledge is a wonderful man. Charles Todd is a wonderful writer. I bond with their characters. I love the scenery. I'd like to do a Todd tour of Ian's sites!
Todd keeps your interest high. Danger is present. I like that they've softened Hamish somewhat. Now I hope Ian catches up with Kate. He deserves to be happy!
It feels like my Kindle is empty without a Todd title (in spite of the 12 books I have on it now).
I just can't say how much I admire Ian and Charles Todd!
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to Cornwall to investigate charges against four young women who claim they were trying to rescue a drowning man. One witness however tells a different story- the women were trying to murder the man. With a scarcity of evidence , Rutledge is forced to delve into some long hidden grudges and secret motives. In the course of his investigation, Ian is forced to confront some old demons and relive memories of the horrors experienced during his service in WWI. A good ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Todd is a mother/son team. They write two different series of British detective stories both set during and shortly after WWI. The main character in this book is Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge. He's back from the war and suffering PTSD. He manages to solve the murder of a young man who was supposedly killed by 4 young women. The characters are really good and the plot is good too. You can start anywhere in this series, but I'm glad I started at the beginning.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. As Charles Todd, they have written eighteen books set in post-World War I England and featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge.

Rutledge is secretly suffering from shell shock (inter alia) from the Battle of the Somme, a horrific battle in which the British had 419,654 casualties, with 131,000 dead and an untold number victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (known as "shell shock" at the time of WWI).
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
How can you solve an apparent murder without a shred of evidence and the only person who can say for sure what really happens remains in a coma? That is just the case that Inspector Ian Rutledge is called upon to attempt to solve when the original investigator on the case dies of a heart attack and taking all the notes on the case with him. He simply failed to transcribe them before his untimely death and now Rutledge needs to begin piecing the clues of what happened as if he was starting over ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Rutledge is still trying to find his way back to his comfort zone. His experiences in WWI have left him with what we might diagnose as PTSD in today's world. The war was bad enough but when he had to kill one of the men in his troop, Hamish MacLeod for refusing to a obey a direct order, it has left him in a very depressed mood. And especially since he thought Hamish might have been correct in not following the order to attack the Germans on this particular mission. Ian lives with Hamish's ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy these books by the mother/son writing team know as Charles Todd. They write about Bess Crawford, WWI Nurse, and Ian Rutledge WWI veteran who is an inspector with Scotland Yard. He is also suffering from PTSD and has an ongoing conversation with the voice of Hamish, one of his men he lost in the war and has yet to forgive himself for Hamish's death. Although in this story, Ian seems to be making some good progress towards putting his life back together and is hearing Hamish less often in ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Why should you read this book? Im not sure. I suppose if you have read the previous 17 books in this series, you probably will be ready for number 18. If you are like me, and have never even heard of Inspector Ian Rutledge, you could give this book a shot, if you are a fan of mysteries that are set in Great Britain just after Word War I. Other than that, there really is no compelling reason to read No Shred of Evidence. The story just kind of meanders along, painting a picture of a time long ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rutledge is sent to Cornwall to investigate the death of a young man. It's alleged that 4 young women attempted to drown him, and Rutledge is stymied in his investigation by a complete lack of evidence. During the course of his investigation, Rutledge discovers the existence of a mysterious young woman who had spent time in the small village but has since left. She may be connected to the murder, but no one claims to know her. Rutledge also becomes re-acquainted with Kate Gordon, cousin of his ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me say first off, I am a huge fan of the Ian Rutledge series, so I was inclined to like this book the second I saw it on the shelf at the library. However, I do realize that book series as long as this one can have their ups and downs, but happily, I found this one to be an entertaining read. Ian returns to Cornwall to solve the mystery and there are complications, apart from the lack of evidence, as the title says, one of the young ladies accused is his ex-fiancée's sister, and a mysterious ...more
I very much enjoyed this mystery set just after WWI in Cornwall. The protagonist, Ian Rutledge, is a Scotland Yard investigator sent to a Cornish village to investigate a strange death. Inspector Rutledge is not alone, however; he carries with him the dark voice of a young man who was killed under his command in France during the war. The voice prevents him from 'normalcy', and yet seems to assist him in his investigations. It's not as weird as it might seem from the previous sentence. Loved the ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rutledge-2019
4.5 stars...Actually, this is one of the better installments in the series. I always love when characters from Ian's past crop up within his current cases and this one was no exception. The character in question is Ian's former fiancée's cousin, Kate Gordon, who admitted she loved him before he went off to fight in France.
Now, years later, he has to clear her name along with her three friends of attempted murder (and then murder) of the local banker's son. As always, the narrative is great
I am a big fan of this series, and this one continues the haunting story of Inspector Ian Rutledge, who is always being sent from Scotland Yard to solve the politically difficult murders in various areas in Britain. In this one he's in Cornwall, an area which does not hold good memories for him, and although he goes to solve one mystery, he ends up with two before it is done. At the same time he continues to battle his PTSD hanging on from the WWI battlefields in France, and is still hearing ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking a break from writing a review BUT I love this series and this book was exceptional. Its my second one and I plan to read them all. Plus there is no reason to read them in order! ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, wwi
A second Ian Rutledge book read in 2017. These are gentle mysteries - no bang-bang shoot 'em up stuff. I really like the main character and his quirky (but dead) sidekick.
Phyllis Fredericksen
I've always enjoyed this series. Well written with great character development. I always look forward to them. Best to start and read them in order so you get a feel for the characters. This one combined two mysteries, seemingly unrelated. Good read.
Lisa Johnson
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge #17)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 3
Year: 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
I have enjoyed every book in this series. Each one is a wonderful journey into the mind of Inspector Ian Rutledge and sometimes into the mind of a criminal to see if I can figure out the motive. This particular case takes place in the autumn of 1920. Ian has just finished writing up a report on a case he has wrapped up when he is called into the Chief Superintendents office and
Margaret Dickson
Ian Rutledge never disappoints and he didn't with No Shed of Evidence! A page turner to the end!
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd. Together they write the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford Series. They have published two standalone mystery novels and many short stories.

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