The Confession

The Confession

Large Print - 2012
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"One of the best historical series being written today."
--Washington Post

"Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre's most complex and fascinating detective."
--Entertainment Weekly

The Confession is historical crime fiction at its finest, continuing Charles Todd's New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring severely damaged British World War I veteran, and yet still astonishingly efficient Scotland Yard inspector, Ian Rutledge. Todd's troubled investigator wrestles with a startling and dangerous case that reaches far into the past when a false confession from a man who is not who he claims to be leads to a brutal murder. The Confession is a must-read for every fan of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Jacqueline Winspear, as post-war London's best detective finds himself ensnared in a dark and deadly investigation that unearths shocking small town secrets dating back more than a century.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2012.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780062106995
Characteristics: 503 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 10, 2020

I am trying to read all of the Charles Todd books with Ian Rutledge as the main character. This is one of the best I have read. There were many twists and unexpected turns. All of the supporting characters were well described and became an important part of this book. There was romance, love and acts of hatred that I felt through these characters as well as Ian Rutledge and Hamish. I truly liked many of these characters and would like to have seen some of them continue.

This is a great book to read if you like to travel with and see how Ian Rutledge sees his surroundings, defines the suspects and how his methods solve the crime.

Apr 23, 2018

What a dreadful mess. I've liked the other Rutledge books, but not this one. I couldn't tell one character from another, and good luck trying to get thru all of the misrepresentations and nonsense. Plus, it's 1920, and while Todd tries to make much of the technology realistic (few telephones, candles and oil lamps, no electricity), Rutledge spent an awful lot of time driving around all over in what realistically would have taken much more time. And it was redundant, always getting into the car every few minutes. Not even sure why I read it all the way thru since other books that were this ridiculous I've put down without finishing.

Aug 09, 2017

Another satisfying Inspector Rutledge tale, set mostly in a fictional village on a fictional river east of London where the townsfolk don't appreciate a stranger poking into their business, even though it's to look into the deaths of people who once lived there. The killer's motive seems a bit of a stretch, unless you view his an unbalanced mind. A nice settling brought to life nicely.

Sep 30, 2014

Todd's books are becoming alike. Too bad, there was such promise.

Jun 14, 2012

Very good read.

Apr 07, 2012

Ian Rutledge investigates why a young man becomes an imposter and confesses a crime he didn?t commit. Ian?s reception in the isolated Essex fishing village is unaccountably cold and the prosperous family who inhabited the remote estate River?s Edge seem surrounded by tragedy.

It?s another of these fine mysteries by the Todd team. I didn?t see the resolution coming at all.

Feb 23, 2012

I just finished reading it, I thought I enjoyed it, but now I couldn't tell you what it was about. It's true that Todd's books are all becoming the same. A lot of Rutledge's interest for me, was Hamish and he played a much lesser role in this, almost as if Rutledge is getting better, but more likely because the writing's going downhill.

Jan 30, 2012

All the books are starting to seem the same with unbelievable characters. Takes forever to proceed anywhere.

bookfanatic1979 Jan 23, 2012

Hm. Todd’s books have become hit-or-miss for me lately, and unfortunately this was one of the “misses.” It’s well-written, but the plot seems to drag a little bit and I lost track of most of the names about halfway through. Killer seemed rather obvious to me as well.

akarenina Jan 16, 2012


A real disappointment--lots of driving between London and Essex, contrived and convoluted plot with underdeveloped characters.

I probably will not continue reading this series.

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