Published by: William Morrow
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 352
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An Inspector Ian Rutledge MysteryAn unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While signs point to murder, vital questions remain. Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed?
One small clue leads the Inspector 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 do 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 family’s past, the superintendent dismisses it, claiming the information isn't vital. He’s determined to place 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.
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Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd is the 15th in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series. I found the writing to be excellent, the plot interesting and the descriptions of the circumstances regarding the murders and suspects very well thought out. With that said I think I would have understood more and liked the story more if I had read the rest of the series so I would have known some of the back story of Mr. Rutledge and why Hamish, the ghost of a man who served with Ian in the war, was always there in Ian's head with advice. Even though I was confused at times in the story, I did enjoy it. I think this series definitely appeals to all mystery fans, especially those that are fans of Ian Rutledge..
I received a copy of this book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.