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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 Charles Todd (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-18-13

Disappointed

Having read several mother/son team books authored as Charles Todd and enjoyed them, I was somewhat lost in this one. It seemed a stretch in both plot and characters.Perhaps I listened in too many short snatches of time. I wanted to like it!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Pat Green on 02-25-13

Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The end was entirely unsatisfactory. I couldn't believe it was over and so many loose ends. I listened to the last chapter twice to see if I was missing something.

Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Todd? Why or why not?

I love the Inspector Rutledge series and have read them all. Of course I will read the next one.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

His British accent is so authentic as are all of the voices he performs. He is the best!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

None

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 03-23-16

The French connection

When he starts this investigation Rutledge is looking into a hit and case, but it slowly grows into a more complex case when the body may be a prominent wine shipper.

This is another complex case that Rutledge untangles as the body count rises before all is made clear.

The narrator is very good at giving the right tone for the story.

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