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Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062211569
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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.”

    RT Reviews (4 stars)

  • “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.”


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim | 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 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 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 Heather | 2/4/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/21/2014

    " Was it the story? Was it the pace? Not a bad plot but I found it getting tedious partway through but managed to hung in and read to the end. I will likely keep the series on my watch for list but if the next doesn't satisfy more I will move on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 1/19/2014

    " Not as engaging as previous titles in this series. A little slow and the characters didn't draw me in like they usually do. A little boring :(. Too bad because this has been a favorite series of mine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/19/2014

    " I am a fan who anxiously awaits each new book. This one was a disappointment - disjointed, with too many characters who were not well-developed and about whom I cared little. And can someone tell me what happened to Lewis French? The ending was too slow to come and yet abysmally abrupt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/8/2014

    " I'm not sure what went wrong with this book. It might be an editing issue. But the result was a completely unsatisfactory ending. This isn't a spoiler alert. There's no resolution to a primary part of the plot. Oversight? Copy dropped in production? Hard to guess, but definitely a problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoy Charles Todd mysteries, but this one seemed to be missing the last chapter where the authors neatly tie everything up for the reader. This one left me drawing my own conclusions. Still a great read except for the abrupt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 1/8/2014

    " Convoluted plot with incomplete resolution. Still, I like Rutledge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/5/2014

    " I blew hot & cold with this volume in the series. I found myself having to rewind often to gain understanding of the plot & the characters. I agree with Janet, it was hard to keep track of who was who. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " Pretty standard stuff for Inspector Rutledge. They need to let the man find a little romance or at least a little peace in his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 11/11/2013

    " not the best book of the series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 9/24/2013

    " Great read! Love the WW1 series. Interesting characters and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 9/15/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but it didn't keep my attention as much as those in the Bess Crawford series do. I don't know if it was inattention or it really was confusing, but I had trouble keeping up with all the characters. Nevertheless, it was a good mystery with several twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/28/2013

    " Maybe I'm just getting tired of this series, but I found this one disappointing and had trouble following the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 4/22/2013

    " If you want to understand a bit more about Ian's shell shock read The Five Lieutenants. I enjoy this series due to its time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 3/19/2013

    " I usually love the Ian Rutledge books, but this one had TOO many characters and a too vague of an ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/26/2013

    " Enjoyable, but not one of the best in the series. We didn't really get to know the victim or the killer so that at the end there wasn't much emotional satisfaction. "

About the Author

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who write the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries, as well as stand-alone novels. Their novel Proof of Guilt was a New York Times bestseller, and A Test of Wills was named one of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year selection. Their novels have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award, as well as being finalists for several other awards.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.