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Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries, Band 15) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Charles Todd
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29. Januar 2013 Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries (Buch 15)
Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must search for a devious and dangerous killer for hire.

Rutledge is called to the scene of what appears to be a man run down by a motorcar. But the evidence points to murder. Who is the victim? And where was he killed? One small clue leads the Inspector to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the best Madeira wine in the world. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise is missing--but is he the dead man? As Rutledge meets the clerk who runs the London office and the missing man's sister who is awaiting the arrival of Matthew Trayner, the other partner, a cousin who heads the Madeira office, he also finds two women--one jilted by the missing man and the other presently engaged to him. But where there is suspicion and circumstantial evidence, there is no proof of guilt. Even when an arrest is made, Rutledge is unsatisfied, finding a link to an incident in the family's past that the new Acting Chief Superintendent feels is not relevant but he believes is vital to the inquiry. In fact, the ACS wants to blame one of the women, and as he goes on a witch hunt, there is even the possibility that a feud between the partners has led to murder. As Rutledge continues to search for proof of guilt, he finds that he's too close to the truth and that someone has decided that he must die so that justice can take its course.

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: International (29. Januar 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062250264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062250261
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15 x 2,6 cm
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“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.)


Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest 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?

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 a cruel justice can take its course.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rutledge rides again 11. Juni 2013
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Die originelle und sympathische Figur des Inspektors mit WK I-Kriegstrauma trägt den Roman, auch wenn Todds Plots gerade in den jüngeren Folgen etwas konstruiert und allzu unwahrscheinlich wirken. Das Zeitkolorit und die Sprache passen, alles in allem also gute Unterhaltungslektüre.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A bit of a letdown for me. 9. Dezember 2012
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When I see a new Charles Todd novel being released in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series I automatically know I'm going to read the book. Unfortunately, some of the novels fail to live up to the very high standard I expect from this team of authors. In this one Hamish (that nagging voice in Rutledge's mind) doesn't have nearly as prominent a part as in some other books, but he is still there. I sincerely wish that Rutledge could make more progress toward a normal psyche so that Hamish wouldn't have to be giving advice and warnings. Unfortunately for me that hasn't yet happened, nor may it ever. The health of mind of Rutledge is a pivotal aspect of these stories.

I found myself confused at times in this story. There were so many characters going back through three or four generations in addition to the current participants in the crimes that I began to wish I had a list of characters at the front of the book to help me keep track. At one point it seemed as if we were helping the police search for at least four different men. Or were there really four? Lewis French has disappeared. Is he alive or dead? Then another member of the eminently respectable firm of French, French and Traynor, Matthew Traynor, can't seem to be found. Is he alive or dead? Who was the man found dead in the road? This really wasn't an easy story for me to get organized in my mind. And at times terrible (in my opinion) assumptions were jumped to by the police without any reason whatsoever. I'm used to the best Rutledge novels having very definite evidence and reasons for assuming guilt. This book had Rutledge scurrying hither and yon to check out the most terribly inconsequential pieces of possible evidence. It was quite disconcerting.

A bit of advice from me --- if you are new to the Inspector Rutledge series, don't begin with this novel. I would suggest starting with the first novel in the series, A Test of Wills, to be sure you enjoy reading about the difficulties Rutledge has with his shell shocked condition as he returns to Scotland Yard after the end of World War I. If you enjoy that one, you will probably be more willing to continue with the series even if you encounter a book occasionally which isn't quite as strongly plotted. If you have read other Rutledge novels already, read this one because it is interesting even if not the best. There are loose ends a-plenty which are not tied up at the end. It simply just stopped, resulting in me saying things like, "Wait a minute, what happened to.........?"
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Confusing 10. Dezember 2012
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I have read all the previous Charles Todd books, to include the two stand alone novels (The Murder Stone and The Walnut Tree), and am generally a fan of the authors' writing style. That said, "Proof of Guilt" just flat-out confused me. The sheer number of secondary and tertiary characters overwhelmed me, and I kept a diagram of who was who, and how they related to the story in a notebook next to my chair. This did not make for an easy read.

Even after reading twice, and keeping the diagram nearby, I am still not sure why the crime was committed. I know who did it, but the why remains murky to me. On the surface, the motive is understandable, but reasoning behind the motive is unclear. I cannot go into more detail without entering serious spoiler territory.

There is some movement in long running plot lines, such as Frances and her chances at happiness, as well as a mention of a character I hoped was gone. Chief Inspector Bowles, Rutledge's adversarial superior, is still MIA and recovering from the incidents of a few books back. Other recurring issues continue to move along as they have in previous novels, with little resolution.

Will I read the next Inspector Rutledge book? Of course I will. I've stuck with this series since the beginning, through good and bad (like with the Amelia Peabody books), and I hate to leave things unfinished. I also happen to like the authors style, and am generally entertained by their work. This one just fell a tad bit flat for me.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Starts with a bang, ends with a whimper 6. Dezember 2012
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I was introduced to the Charles Todd mysteries about Ian Rutledge by friends who knew I enjoy detective novels and historical fiction. What could be better to combine both into one novel? Several of the Ian Rutledge books I found interesting, compelling even. Rutledge is a man haunted by his conscience and actions at the end of WW I, and he struggles to regain his footing in his old job as an inspector for Scotland Yard.

In Proof of Guilt, however, the story wanders. Multiple generations of characters flash by, story lines start and peter out. Exotic locations in Madeira are introduced and then forgotten. The story builds, with little sense or logic. Significant timelines and evidence are missing or never questioned. The mystery of this book is how it was published, because the book in many cases doesn't make sense. Rutledge's new boss at Scotland Yard presumes to convict a woman who is tangentially associated with the firm for the death of an executive, based on the evidence of handkerchief. A key body is missing throughout the novel, never found. The husband of a woman running a boarding house for reformed psychopaths is never seen. The evidence doesn't make sense, the story never builds any sense of urgency and the resolution in the last few pages feels chopped up and incomplete.

Which is a shame, because the best Rutledge novels show him in a small setting, using his wits against an adversary and dealing with his own conscience and emotional problems. In this case the setting is too large, there are too many characters across too many generations and the actions and emotions of many of the characters don't make sense. The novel lacks plot and pace, taking too long to develop and closing too quickly. If you haven't read the Ian Rutledge novels, don't start with this one. Try Search the Dark or a Fearsome Doubt. If you are a fan already, be prepared to be entertained, but not engaged by this installment.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Latest Ian Rutledge mystery features an unidentified murder victim, a missing wine merchant and a lot of secrets 20. Dezember 2012
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I'm a long-time fan of this series, which is elegantly-written and was set against the backdrop of the WWI era in Britain before there was Downton Abbey. The sleuth-in-chief is Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who suffers from what we would call post-traumatic stress disorder. Rutledge has flashbacks and panic attacks, and cannot get rid of the delusion that a dead comrade Hamish is speaking to him from the grave. After an emotional breakdown, Rutledge joined Scotland Yard and has risen through the ranks, solving some very tricky murders. "Proof of Guilt" is, I think, the fifteenth book in the series. Although it may not be quite as fresh and searing as some of the earlier book in the series, it's definitely a solid addition to the Rutledge series.

As the book begins, a body is discovered lying on a London street. The man is dead but carries no ID. The only clue to his identity is an expensive-looking watch. Rutledge is able to track down the prior owner of the watch, Lewis French, the son of a prominent Madeira wine merchant. Is the body French's? His sister travels to view the body and says it is not. Even though the body apparently is not French's, he is missing. Rutledge now is investigating two tracks: trying to identify the murder victim and solve the mystery of who killed the unknown man, and trying to find out what happened to Lewis French and why.

There are loads of suspects who might have wanted French dead, from French's crabby spinster sister to his unusually-savvy office clerk to a disgruntled ex-fiancee -- except none of those suspects can be tied to the unidentified murder victim. Rutledge does a lot of traveling, from London to Sussex and beyond, logging miles in his motorcar in an effort to solve the mysteries. As is typical, Rutledge stirs up matters best left unstirred, and attempts are made on his life. The eventual solution is credible yet tricky, tying together the many disparate ends neatly together.

As a diehard Rutledge fan, there's no way I'd miss a new Charles Todd novel. This one is not among the very best in the series -- too many characters floating around, too many farflung leads, and Rutledge's heart doesn't seem to be in it for most of the chase -- but it's also not the weakest in the series either. I was pleased to see Rutledge's personal demon (the recurring voice of Hamish) play a greatly-reduced role in this book, although that conceit is still getting on my nerves and seems too easy a way to signal trouble (whenever someone tries to attack Rutledge or lies to him, for example, Hamish has a habit of yelling 'ware!' inside Rutledge's head -- a little too predictable by now). Rutledge's potential love interest is whisked away before the novel's action starts, and that felt a little like cheating too, to remove the beloved character who has come to mean so much to Rutledge and who may have the capacity to help heal him. After fifteen mysteries, I think we're ready to see Rutledge move forward emotionally in a more definitive way. I hope the authors can dig deep into their creativity to find a fitting way to make this happen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointingly Complex 1. Dezember 2012
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I previously read The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Ian Rutledge Mysteries), and enjoyed it well enough to pick up this new Charles Todd detective novel, Proof of Guilt. Unfortunately, some of the weaknesses of that earlier book are stronger in this book: the reliance of an "inner voice" of a dead comrade, and a the introduction of so many possible suspects relatively late in the book. For me, this tipped the balance - on the whole I was disappointed.

Set in England just after World War I, Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is tasked with investigating the death of young man, whose body has been dumped on a residential street in Chelsea. The young man, well dressed, has no identification, but has an distinctive pocket watch, which Rutledge uses as a clue to identify the victim. He settles on the possibility that the victim may be Lewis French, a young man whose family has run a Madeira import business. No one has spoken to French in over a week, and there are a number of people who may have a motive to kill him.

I enjoy a well wrought complex mystery, but unfortunately this one fails for me. The problem is that a large number of suspects are identified through out, but trickle off as suspects without much of an explanation. There is a mysterious character who seems to know much more than he should, but he too is a red herring. The eventual solution feels contrived, and a series of incorrect identifications of additional victims made me feel as if the author is just trying to manipulate me.

Sadly, the motivations and emotions of the book feel weak. Rutledge is thwarted in his investigation by a new chief at Scotland Yard, who likes a "by the book" investigation, but there is no feeling of strong motivation either for the chief, or much of a reaction from Rutledge. It mostly feels like a plot device to send the plot down the many by-ways and dead-ends of this novel. Rutledge is described as highly motivated to exonerate a young woman who is falsely accused, but he has only met her a handful of times, and until the accusation, it's not clear that he doesn't himself wonder about her involvement.

And finally, there's Hamish, the disembodied voice of a soldier who served with Rutledge in WWI. He whispers in Rutledge's ear when there are doubts or dangers. I did not care for this device in the previous book I read, but excused it as just a device to express doubt or concern. Here, it becomes too much, feeling intrusive.

"Hamish spoke, his deep voice with its soft Scots accent echoing in the room so loudly that Rutledge expected Sergeant Gibson to stare about looking for the source.

'The man was killed with French's ain motorcar. Wha' else but French couldha' been driving?'

And the only answer that Rutledge could think of was Someone he trusted."

For me... just too much.

On the plus side, the writing style is good, the historical feel is good. I would have liked for the plot to have been better, as I rather wanted to get caught up in this book.
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