No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #18)

No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #18)

by Charles Todd


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In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder.

On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.

However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed. Even as it takes an unexpected personal turn, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, and local police eager to see these four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol. Then why hasn’t the killing stopped?

With no shred of evidence to clear the accused, Rutledge must plunge deep into the darkest secrets of a wild, beautiful and dangerous place if he is to find a killer who may—or may not—hold the key to their fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386182
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #18
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,157,109
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

Customer Reviews

No Shred of Evidence (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #18) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
There’s very little peace for the Todd hero Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge but always a compelling story for readers. Rutledge is perspicacious but troubled by his experiences in the Great War. He suffers from shell shock and guilt due to the killing of a young Scot soldier, Hamish MacLeod, who refused an order. The voice of Hamish is with Rutledge to this day, speaking to him whether invited or not. No Shred Of Evidence takes place in the Cornish countryside, which is beautifully described. During the autumn of 1920 in the town of Padstow Victoria Grenville is entertaining friends - a neighbor Elaine St. Ives and two other young women from London, one of whom is Kate Gordon, known to Rutledge because she is related to his former fiancee. It is a beautiful day and rowing on the River Camel seems like an excellent idea until they see Harry Saunders in a sinking boat. Neither of the women is an accomplished sailor and their attempts to save him would have come to naught had it not been for the help of a farmer, Bradford Trevose, who dove into the water and saved Saunders. Surprisingly Trevose swears to the police that the women were trying to murder Saunders. The village is shocked by this accusation and the father of one of the women calls Scotland Yard to investigate, so an inspector is sent to Padstow. But soon after his arrival he is found dead of an apparent heart attack. Rutledge is dispatched to continue the investigation. He is, of course, surprised to find that one of the young women accused is Kate Gordon and distressed to find that the former inspector’s notes have vanished. Pressure on Rutledge mounts as Saunders lies in a coma and his family demands justice. Yet the women continue to claim their innocence saying they were only trying to save the man. Why would Trevose accuse the women if it were not so? How can Rutledge rectify the conflicting testimonies? And then another violent crime occurs and Rutledge finds himself in grave danger. One more absorbing mystery from the Todd team that also explores the effects of war not only on the men who served but also on the women whose loved ones never returned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite but good read.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
In this wonderful entry in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, Inspector Rutledge inherits a mystery when the original investigator suddenly suffers a heart attack and dies in a small Cornwall town. Starting from scratch because the original statements and notes of his dead predecessor are missing, Rutledge finds four young women accused of murder by a local farmer while rowing on a river; their claim: they were attempting to save him when his boat sank. The victim, while in a coma, could not provide any facts, and when he dies of a head injury the charge becomes one of murder. It remains for Rutledge either to prove or disprove the charge. While seeking the truth of the matter, including motivation, Rutledge encounters additional murders and assaults and the question arises: do these relate to the original case? The mother-son writing team of this long-standing series takes a deep look into the personalities and motivations of the characters as Rutledge delves into the process of clearing the young women as he becomes more aware of the situation. As is a constant in the series, Rutledge is haunted by his experiences on the Western Front during the Great War, and the descriptions of the Cornwall area on the northern coast and speech of its inhabitants are skillfully done. Recommended.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Of course I enjoy this series set in England, and the characters still provide pleasure. Ian Rutledge must journey to Cornwall to aid in an investigation concerning the assault on a banker's son. Four lovely young women go boating and on returning home discover a young man shouting from his sinking boat. The ladies attempt and struggle to rescue the man until a farmer dives in the water and helps with the rescue. Later, on shore, the farmer accuses the ladies of attempting to kill and drown the man. Anger, confusion, and accusations propel the investigation to Scotland Yard and Ian Rutledge. But Ian finds a personal connection to the case when he learns that one of the ladies is the niece of his former fiancé. Will Ian uncover the person behind the plot before the women are thrown in jail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, a well plotted, gripping mystery. You want to read this mystery for the words as well as the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford tales! Having read both I am quite lost as to what to read next.