No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
By Charles Todd
Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge didn't expect to be sent to Cornwall to investigate an attempted murder. He certainly didn't expect that one of the accused would be someone he knew. And he never thought that a simple country case would turn into something so convoluted and twisted that it would take all his ingenuity to puzzle it out.
In post-World War I England, four young women from wealthy families have been accused by a local farmer of trying to drown the local banker's son. Also suffering from a blow to the head, the young man is in a coma and is unable to reveal what he knows about that tragic day. Rutledge must try to puzzle it all out using potentially unreliable witness statements. And why does a mysterious young woman visitor from the summer keep popping up as he pursues clues? Rutledge is sure she must be involved somehow, though none of the locals will tell him anything about her. Rutledge can find nothing to exonerate the accused, and he fears that they will surely all hang, even if innocent. He must do all he can to avert that fate.
This is a page-turning roller-coaster of a read. Rutledge goes down numerous false paths, taking the reader, breathless, with him. The characters are true-to-life and help modern-day readers understand what a nightmare the Great War was for everyone involved, on the fighting front or the home front. The grim realities of the post-war world are all too clearly on display. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but it will convey more to those who have read other books in the series. A wonderful can't-miss read for fans of historical fiction!
Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com
No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
(Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
By: Charles Todd
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