Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #15)

Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #15)

by Charles Todd


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Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must contend with two dangerous enemies in New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd's Proof of Guilt.

Can Rutledge solve the apparent murder of a top wine merchant while dealing with interference from his superior, the new Acting Chief Superintendent?

Readers of Charles Todd’s Bess Crawford books and London-based Ian Rutledge mysteries will be thrilled with Proof of Guilt, clue by clue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015686
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #15
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(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.

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Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #15) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sometimes in any criminal case it often appears open and shut. Meaning all the clues point to all the right people and it's simply a matter of connecting the proverbial dots to solidify the case. However in some, no matter how simply it looks to solve, but burden of proof may often times prove difficult or in some cases completely misleading. If you love a great mystery with a bit of twist to it and not too easy to solve, than I might suggest Charles Todd's latest novel, Proof of Guilt. This is the 15th book in his Inspector Ian Rutledge series and regardless of where you pick up in this series, they can all be read as a stand alone. Ian Rutledge works for Scotland Yard in the 1920's and once again finds himself with a body without any identification. A proper gentlemen's clothing attires the body along with a gold pocket watch. The body appears to have been the unfortunate victim of a car accident, as the body appears to have been dragged to the location is now has been found in. Simple open and shut case right? Or does it merely appear that this is what the murderer wants the body of the man to look like. What is really going on? Who is this well dressed man? Why has his body been found in the street with no apparent markings around him that would show he has been dragged by a car? If he was the victim of a robbery, why does he still carry a gold pocket watch but missing his identification? Why hasn't anyone reported this man missing? Ian Rutledge is a bit like your traditional Sherlock Holmes but with a modern flair. He finds himself bucking against the politics of Scotland Yard and his current supervisor while trying to solve this murder. The clues will lead our Inspector into a vast enterprise that begins just as the World War 1 is ending and businesses are still struggling to find a way to make money. It seems some of the wealthy business merchants would like to see this case simply go away and offer very little in the way of help for Inspector Rutledge. But just like Sherlock Holmes, he will not rest until he solves this crime. It truly is another page turner from beginning to end. Go ahead and try to solve this one before the end. Be warned however the evidence doesn't always point to the murderer. I received Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins for my honest review. This is my third Inspector Rutledge novel and was super excited to once again lose myself in a mystery and ride along as Dr. Watson, trying to solve the case. In every single instance, you are completely caught off guard by the end, and realize that sometimes that path of clues you think are linked are merely clues to keep you guessing til the end. Another award winning novel in my opinion and a must read for fans of historical murder/mysteries! I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for the next one to hit the presses.
BelleMM More than 1 year ago
Todd's Ian Rutledge series never disappoints. This is a wonderful book and a wonderful series of books. I am hooked. I began reading these books just over a year ago, and this is #15. They are wonderfully and delightfully addicting. When I finish one, I can't wait to get the next to see what will happen next in the life and work of Inspector Ian Rutledge. Great, great historical mystery fiction.
cslewis48 More than 1 year ago
I am simply insane for all the Charles Todd books....the Bess Crawford, which we would all welcome more of and their stand alone books and tops are the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries. I've read them all and am wondering if it's just me or if there are any other readers who feel it is time to let go of poor old Hamish. In fact, I'm begging that he finally be laid to rest. I am quite confident he is so very tired of, well, becoming tiresome. That is the only reason I gave this latest, wonderful mysterful 4 stars instead of 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 Yes, mysteries are one of my favourite genres. But, I only recently started reading Charles Todd's books - I have become quite fond of the Bess Crawford novels. This newest book, Proof of Guilt, is the latest (#15)entry in the Inspector Rutledge series. Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate a body apparently hit and dragged by a car in a well to do neighbourhood. There is no identification on the victim, only a watch. But that watch yields enough clues to determine that the dead man isn't the owner. The rightful owner is the head of a world renowned winery - and he's gone missing. Rutledge is plunged into a complicated myriad of suspects, additional missing persons, and more bodies. Things are complicated by his new Acting Chief Superintendent who is determined to 'solve' the case from his desk and seems to thwart many of Rutledge's investigative avenues. WWI has ended, but the effects of that conflict still affect the present. Ian Rutledge is carrying around the guilt of a having to shoot a fellow soldier for dereliction of duty during the war. But that soldier hasn't left - Rutledge hears the voice of dead Hamish often - giving him further food for thought in his investigations or warning him of danger. " As he turned toward London, Hamish was there, just behind his shoulder, as he always was. Just as they had watched the enemy, night after night at the Front. But now the young Scot was not the trusted corporal intent on keeping men alive and fighting as efficiently as possible. Now he was the voice of guilt and turmoil, the vivid reminder that Rutledge himself was not yet whole." I've really come to enjoy reading this time period lately - especially in the mystery vein. What I quite enjoy are the social niceties that must be observed, the tone, the sense of duty and loyalty that are as much a part of the story as the crime. And the crime, although horrific, is never blatantly described in full gory detail. Instead, investigation in undertaken in interviews, inquiries and possible conjectures until the pieces finally fall in place and Rutledge has his 'proof of guilt'. I enjoyed Proof of Guilt, but I did find the number of possibilities and characters a bit overwhelming. Late addition clues seemed a tad too precipitous in cases. There was an bit of business not dealt with in the final chapter that I would have liked to seen tied up. All in all, a good read, but I think I prefer Bess's stories.
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Same old, same old. Everyone is against Ian Rutledge, all the time, everywhere. Time to retire the Hamish schtick; it's really getting old. I particularly detest the way the Hamish side of Rutledge gives opinions and information that might have been appropriate from the real Hamish, but not at all from someone who only imagines he hears Hamish in his head. There is no way Rutledge could know some of the stuff "Hamish" comes up with.
TexasGrandmaKK More than 1 year ago
It was another spellbinding example of one of Inspector Rutledge's detailed investigations. This had many red herrings and the ending was a surprise to me. I'd recommend this to all readers with an interest in recent English history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, happening almost a 100 years ago. Not only is it a good story, but it shows how much technology has evolved and how we are dependant today.
MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
Well plotted, great character development. One of the best in this series.
CabinGoddess More than 1 year ago
How did they solve mysteries before we had the tool kits any good CSI agent had? Without DNA, Google, finger prints and fax machines? When no one was caught on a traffic cam dragging a body behind their car? Well apparently you had super stars like Inspector Ian Rutledge because after his fifteenth case documented in this wonderful mystery and all the evidence pointing in several different directions, including a signed confession, he is still able to catch the bad guy.Identifying one body is difficult enough in early 20th century England. But when it points to another persons disappearance and several other seemingly unrelated deaths? This mystery begins with just one unidentified body and the next thing you know, there is another which seems to be attached to another mystery which spans back generations. Proof of Guilt is a murder mystery set in post WWI England with our veteran Scotland Yard Inspector, Ian Rutledge leading the way and finding out just who really did it! I adore mystery novels such as these. How I missed this series is beyond me. No. 15, Proof of Guilt, was the first exposure to the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries. This was presented as a stand-alone however I really would have preferred having the experience and background of reading the prior books. Even if you are an avid reader of pre-scientific crime solving, this one takes paying very close attention. I had to start over again, with a notebook. There were so many twists and turns I was lost several times. I kept thinking I knew who had done it, especially when I am given the obvious and suspicious freshly dug "flower bed" in the rose garden of a particularly cranky sister of a mysteriously missing man, smack in walks another character, clue or turn in the road and I could not have been more wrong. And than we have the very smarmy to smart for his own shirt former military inspector whose house the dead body, which started this crazy carnival ride, was found in front of.. our first person of interest.. wait than there was each of the fiancés, oh and the missing cousin... oh of course the lawyers, we can always count on the lawyers to be guilty of something right? Did I expect who it was to be who it was? Did I expect any of this? Oh god no I was so confused even with my scratched out list of names, my myriad of charts and arrows and clues .. and chewed on pencils (yes I was doing it old school.) And do not forget the watch, leave it to a bloody high-end time piece to make things go, excuse my stumble into pop-culture, wibbldy-wobbily and than some! In the end I was un-knotting my fingers and uncrossing my eyes and drooling a bit... in other words I had a blast! I will be making time to read all of the prior 14 before because I believe knowing this inspector is going to be a reason to keep coming back for more. I recommend this to anyone who likes a big mystery challenge, who thinks they cannot be beat? Oh bring it and try to figure this one out. The clues were there, it is making sure you can "weed" them out to find the answers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel ends and I still don't know what happened to Lewis French. He's still missing. Either I'm thick headed or this plot is not "complex" as much as it is incomprehensible!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The typical Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery is so filled with details, as the Scotland Yard policeman ferrets out clues, that often the reader can become confused or engulfed with too much information or too many characters. This novel is no exception. It is a painstaking investigation begun when the body of a man, apparently a hit-and-run victim, is found lying in a London Street. A valuable watch is found on the body, linking him to a well-know wine merchant who was reported missing. Has he now been found? Or was the body that of someone else? Rutledge then begins a long, slow investigation, motoring back and forth from London to Dedham, St. Hilary and Sussex in an attempt to discover the facts, while fending off his new boss who is prodding him to accept incorrect conclusions to arrest innocent people. In fact, I found myself wondering whether, after all the miles he puts on his car in this novel, it might be time to trade it in for a new model. This mother-and-son writing team has two excellent series going: the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford mysteries. They are always enjoyable. This one, however, was overburdened with an iffy premise and too much verbiage. Nevertheless, it is worth reading, and is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is not up to their usual high standards. Everyone has off days.
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I have always loved the Ian Rutledge books but this one was just not very good. There was very little of Hamish throughout this story which was very disappointing. The plot was messy and not very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the lates Charles Todd Inspector Rutledge. Enjoying the new characters that have been added to the series. Looking forward to their next book. The mother/son team never disappoint.
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MeteorFlower More than 1 year ago
In the summer of 1920, an unidentified body was found in London. Scotland Yard believes he was run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is on the case to find out what happened. All signs point to this being a murder but who is the victim? A pocket watch on the body is the only lead. Previously, I had read The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd and I thought I’d give this book a try too. Being my first Ian Ruthledge novel, I found it VERY enjoyable. About midway through it, I had already decided that I’m going back to read the other books. Ian is just such a colorful character that you can’t help but connect with him right away. He’s a driving force for the story and not afraid to do what it takes to get things done. The secondary characters are just as interesting and the story either leaves you guessing or just fervently reading because you want to know what happens next and don’t have the slightest clue how the pieces fit. The end left me a bit sad but I’m hoping certain characters return with the next book and that’s why it went down that way. Am I going back to read the others? Absolutely! Am I looking forward to the next book? You bet! I love mysteries that keep me on my toes! Even better if it’s a historical mystery! Kudos to Charles Todd! Thank you to Partners in Crime Tours and William Morrow for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.
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