Proof of Guilt

Proof of Guilt

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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 fiancee 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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2013
ISBN: 9780062015686
Branch Call Number: TODD
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 24 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

Although I continue to read the Insp. Rutledge books and enjoy them, this one (as some others) seems to be too complicated for its own good. And a few too many coincidences, as well. The characters are well-drawn and the story evokes the time and place, but the plotting isn't the strong suit in this entry.

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ReadRobin
Jun 30, 2016

I really enjoyed this one, having read many of the others first. I enjoyed the slightly different atmosphere invoked--but I did get lost at times, and do not know what happened to Lewis French. Did I miss the page or pages that explained his continued absence? My library doesn't have an audio book of this title, and I would much rather listen to the book than reread it.

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107mg
Jan 31, 2016

I have read about half of the numerous Charles Todd books and have enjoyed them very much -- except this one. As many reviewers have mentioned, the beginning went nowhere, the ending was weird and unsatisfying, and the middle used a lot of gasoline! It feels like the authors forgot what they were doing! Not their best work at all!

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barnesjoan
Jul 17, 2014

Concludes without answering all questions about characters and their motivations. Not a good representative of the usually high caliber of mystery from the Charles Todd team.

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EmilyEm
Oct 26, 2013

A man is seemingly run down on a street in Chelsea and a watch on the victim leads Inspector Rutledge to a family that produces and ships Madeira and who seem to suddenly have people gone missing.

While a good procedural, I missed the more personal aspects of some of the earlier books in the series. This one had lots of characters?in more ways than one?but I lost interest in keeping them all straight and I was left a little disappointed.

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bouskaj
Aug 31, 2013

Big disappointment. Too many names, car rides, superhero fights. Too little depth of characterization and motivation.

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Malca
Jul 17, 2013

Have read everything by Charles Todd - one of my favourite mystery writers. I love Rutledge and the time period - post WWI

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sleighride
Jul 12, 2013

I agree with the other comments, this was the worst of the Rutledge series. There was no real basis for the arrest of the so called murderers, there were no bodies !! I had to skim the last third of the book, it was too dumb to waste time reading it.

midg Jun 20, 2013

OK but it didnt have a beginning or an end,it was all comfortable and familiar middle.

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ladyoftruefaith
Jun 02, 2013

I love the Rutledge books by Mr. Todd, but this one was a little slow at times. It seemed that Mr. Rutledge kept going around in circles. Not my favorite of the series.

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