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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rutledge Mysteries Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thanks to Downton Abbey, post-World War I England couldn’t be a better place to set a novel. And Charles Todd, an American mother-son writing team, has been ahead of the curve for years…It’s a complicated, very complex tale with an ever-expanding cast of characters and missing bodies. By the end you’ll be gnashing your teeth anxiously waiting for the puzzle pieces to fall together and make sense of all that’s come before.”

    USA Today

  • “The mother and son who use the Todd nom de plume continue to impress with their fifteenth Rutledge mystery, coupling a gripping whodunit with their ongoing exploration of the aftereffects of the hell of WWI on the human psyche…As usual, the authors toss a lot of plot balls in the air and manage to juggle them deftly.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the long-running Rutledge series will enjoy this one. It has a good, convoluted story and a few surprises that should keep readers on their toes. A solid entry in this always reliable series.”


  • “Excellent writing, strong characters, and a complicated mystery make this book first-rate. Rated four stars.”

    RT Reviews

  • “Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge strives to solve another gripping post-WWI puzzle. Simon Prebble thoroughly embodies the story’s many leading men, stoically depicting their strong emotions…The shell-shocked Rutledge and his imaginary Scots sidekick, Hamish, are both potently viable as performed by the insightful Prebble.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jim Hunter | 2/18/2014

    " Very poor. Other books in this series were not bad. Awful writing ridiculous plotting. So long chuck "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deshay | 2/14/2014

    " One of my favorite series but this book, in my opinion, is not the strongest of the Inspector Rutledge books. It is probably more of a personal bias on my part. I like the stories that have a closer WWI connection. That is what attracted me to the series in the first place. This became more of a personal family issue and I didn't feel a connection to that. That being said, it is a still an engrossing story and I eagerly await the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lela | 2/14/2014

    " Normally I either love or really like the Ian Rutledge books but this one didn't quite live up to expectations. The characters were developed well and the sense of place was good. However, I didn't feel the tension in the plot that is usually there. In fact, the plot seemed weak to me. I would have given it a 3.5 if that were possible as I almost really liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/4/2014

    " Read my review at Between the Covers... "

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