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Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) Hardcover – January 29, 2013
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It’s 1920, and the body of a man turns up, apparently the victim of a collision with an automobile. With no identification on the body other than an expensive pocket watch, it seems unlikely that Scotland Yard’s Inspector Rutledge will be able to get to the bottom of this unusual crime (this was a time when motorcars were still fairly uncommon). But the watch provides a clue, leading Rutledge to a wine-making family, one of whose members has been missing for a while. Some readers, familiar with modern-day forensics, might have difficulties with the basic premise—that a dead man can’t be identified—but fans of the long-running Rutledge series will enjoy this one. It has a good, convoluted story and a few surprises that should keep readers on their toes. A solid entry in this always reliable series. --David Pitt
“There’s a grand design to Charles Todd’s period novels featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge....elegant mysteries.” (Marilyn Stasio in the New York Times Book Review.)
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I'm happy Frances found someone, but disappointed she'll be even less a part of the series since it sounds like she will no longer reside in London. And no Meredith Channing means we are reverting back to the tired theme of Rutledge falling for a woman who rejects him in the end.
And Rutledge's psychological problems seem to be getting worse, not better. One of my least favorite books in the series.
That said, I still very much enjoy this series and enjoyed this book.
In addition, I have been waiting with bated breath to see if Ian Rutlege becomes involved with his lady friend. Most annoyingly, as a quick aside, we are told that her husband, who is badly injured, has been discovered, and she is off to see him and that is the end of their relationship. I was not impressed at all with this story line development. The rest of the story is OK. It is certainly not the best in the series, and I was a little disappointed in the story.