Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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HarperCollins, Jan 29, 2013 - Fiction - 352 pages
9 Reviews

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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Review: Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge #15)

User Review  - Carol Best - Goodreads

This is my third Ian Rutledge book and as usual, now that I am finished the book, I feel exhausted. I had no problem with all the characters and how they all fit together but the ending if the story ... Read full review

Review: Proof of Guilt (Inspector Ian Rutledge #15)

User Review  - Goodreads

The ending was so abrupt in this book that I questioned my Kindle version. Off to library to look at a physical book and sure enough the "ending" was the same. I'll put Charles Todd aside for a while and try again later. I somewhat enjoy the books. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

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