The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery : Inspector Ian Rutledge

  • by Charles Todd
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.
Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name - and who put a bullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?
The inspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

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Most exciting by Todd Yet

This is was one of the most exciting books I have ever listened to. Simon Prebble does a perfect job of the voices and brings the whole story alive.

In many ways this is almost a gothic novel - the air of brooding and unknown evil hanging over the Essex marshes and the little village of Furnham and the house River's Edge makes the book electric with suspense. I couldn't stop listening to it. Rutledge has to trace the murders back to their beginning over 20 years before the start of the murder which attracts Rutledge's attention. From a man coming to Scotland Yard to confess to a muder he didn't commit, Rutledge must finally go back over 20 years to find the first murder committed by this serial killer. Is is amazing to watch him untangle it all.

The solution to the murders will come as a big surprise and you will have a hard time figuring out. It is amazing the way Inspector Rutledge puts his case together and all the strange twists and turns it takes. With all the driving back and forth he does, I wonder the man gets any sleep at all.

The plotting is excellent and bit by bit we uncover the history of this reclusive town on the River Hawking. Each character is well fleshed out and we can picture them in their cottages so vivid is the characterization of each villagel Inspector Rutledge meets.

I wish Audible would publish all his books in audio but I am going back and reread all the books in the series from the start.
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- Judith A. Weller "jw1917"

Clever plot - fun to follow along

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

Overall was well read. Just a little difficulty discerning one voice from another during conversations between some characters. Also a little difficult to understand Hamish's brogue.


Any additional comments?

This was my first outing with Inspector Rutledge, and in spite of it being well into the series, The Confession stands on its own, and references to earlier installments were not confusing. The writing was good, plenty of descriptive atmosphere. I liked the complexity of the plot well enough, but felt that while Rutledge was trying to sort out how the current and past events fit together, there were some very thin assumptions that barely held water. I had figured out the murderer and motive well ahead of Rutledge, and felt that the author(s) kept Rutledge from figuring it out somewhat artificially. He should have asked the right questions long before he finally did. But I hadn't expected at least one of the big reveals, and overall it was a satisfying mystery. Just a bit short of 5 stars, but I can see downloading others in the series.

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- Janice "Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio