The Confession by Charles Todd audiobook

The Confession

By Charles Todd
Read by Simon Prebble

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780062015679

The Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries: Book 14

10.56 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $34.95

    ISBN: 9781982648664

ScotlandYard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case thatreaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series. Declaringhe needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard andconfesses 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 littleinformation and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to lookinto the case on his own. Less thantwo weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, abullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers thatthe dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name—and who put abullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or wasthere something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder? Theinspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, thatleads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything toprotect themselves from notoriety, for notoriety brings the curious, and withthe curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act ofevil that even now can damn them all.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

ScotlandYard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case thatreaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series.

Declaringhe needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard andconfesses 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 littleinformation and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to lookinto the case on his own.

Less thantwo weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, abullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers thatthe dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name—and who put abullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or wasthere something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?

Theinspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, thatleads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything toprotect themselves from notoriety, for notoriety brings the curious, and withthe curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act ofevil that even now can damn them all.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.” Entertainment Weekly
“There’s both a pattern and a purpose to the superb historical mysteries produced by mother-and-son writing partners known as Charles Todd.” New York Times Book Review
“Consistently ingenious and atmospheric…Even given Todd’s superlative track record, The Confession is a standout.” Washington Post 
“As with any good mystery, the tension ramps up as the story progresses, pulling more and more characters into the fray, weaving three murders flawlessly into a tight tale. Mr. Todd’s characterization is his strength.” New York Journal of Books
“Set in 1920, Todd’s excellent fourteenth mystery featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge offers an intriguing setup…The plot convolutions compel, but the book’s main strength is its remarkable lead, who has survived the trench warfare of WWI and remains haunted by what the exigencies of the battlefield forced him to do.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Todd invests this absorbing fiction with creative storytelling (including intriguing subplots), memorable characters and graceful, seemingly effortless prose….This is fiction that moves, entertains, and as always, underscores life’s victories over death.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Another excellent Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery....You follow a twisting road when you read this book. You won’t soon forget your trip to Furnham and the people who may not be who they seem to be.” Suspense Magazine
“A deliciously intricate plot…will keep you enthralled and entranced to the end.” Providence Journal
The Confession is in the historical mystery genre, but there is nothing musty about the Todds’ approach to the past—it’s another superb entry in one of the best continuing series in crime fiction.” Connecticut Post 
“While Rutledge shines as the stalwart detective wrestling with his personal demons, the compelling mystery of shameful secrets and revenge are what keep these pages turning. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Todd serves up plenty of period detail and plot twists, but the real attraction here is Rutledge, a shrewd, dedicated detective grappling with the demons of his past.” Booklist
“Todd’s masterful storytelling skills shine.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“An intriguing mystery, the book finds its strength in the atmosphere, historic detail, and excellent characterization of Rutledge. Verdict: Simon Prebble’s reading makes the characters believable, especially the tough guys.” Library Journal (audio review)
“The latest entry in the well-established Inspector Ian Rutledge series is read by Prebble, whose slightly aristocratic tones and distinctly British accent are perfect for this atmospheric historical mystery...Prebble uses slight but effective vocal variations for the male characters, making it easy for listeners to distinguish among them, and he lightens his tones to express distinctly feminine voices. His calm reading is the perfect foil for an increasingly suspenseful mystery, making this an aurally pleasing experience that transcends the written word.” Booklist (audio review)
“The thrill of the chase and unraveling disparate evidence shines in this most convoluted Todd mystery. And, as always, Simon Prebble perfectly delivers Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge’s thoughtful commentary and firm commands. Prebble meticulously portrays the twisty story’s many varied characters, including women, the elderly, and those of multiple stations with many forms of British accents.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Charles Todd

Author Bio: Charles Todd

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.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English