No Shred of Evidence

No Shred of Evidence

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Large Print - 2016
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On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case. However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed. Even as it takes an unexpected personal turn, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, and local police eager to see these four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol. Then why hasn't the killing stopped? With no shred of evidence to clear the accused, Rutledge must plunge deep into the darkest secrets of a wild, beautiful and dangerous place if he is to find a killer who may -- or may not -- hold the key to their fate.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062440228
Call Number: LT MYS TOD
Characteristics: 500 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
large print (14 point)


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Apr 12, 2020

Love these set-in-England mysteries where towns know everyone and know “their place.” I suppose it shouldn’t amaze us (Americans) that those who have established status, community power or old money can manipulate police investigations. While Scotland Yard investigator Rutledge must force his way into interviews with the suspects and into the lives of the locals who include a vicar with a secret and, who may lose his life from an attack. Townspeople offer no insight and swear it must be someone from out of town while one farmer claims to be a witness. Rutledge painstakingly slogs through his investigation with the help of the voice in his head. Good reading.

Feb 24, 2020

Charles Todd is a marvelous writer who combines a complex protagonist who is attempting to move forward with his life while struggling with psychological damage from WWI with great mysteries. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Aug 31, 2017

I was very disappointed in this episode of the Ian Rutledge series. The story was somewhat preposterous and the characters not well developed. The investigative procedures where flawed and the story seemed to have no direction. I worry that something has afflicted the Charles Todd writing team.

I have read all of Charles Todd's other books and found them to be wonderful reading.

May 04, 2017

Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is sent to Cornwall to investigate a case where four young women—one who turns out to be an acquaintance—have been accused of killing a young man in a boating incident. Despite days of investigation there seems not a shred of evidence.

Another good police procedural in this series with lots of local atmosphere, well-executed characters and puzzling circumstances to puzzle out along with Ian and Hamish.

Dec 01, 2016

I read this Ian Rutledge story immediately after the latest Bess Crawford book and was disappointed. The writing is stiff. The characters are sketchily drawn. Their interrelationships are not detailed enough to give meaning to their voices or actions and do not add to the story line. The action seems repetitive and abrupt. After 240 pages I skipped to the end. The revelation of the killer is a deus ex machina. I recommend reading other Charles Todd books about Ian Rutledge first.

peggy_15 Jul 17, 2016

Agree with 107mg.
To quote " As usual, my only disappointment is the ending - the plot slowly unfolds with the revelation of many small details while the resolution is quick and abrupt. A longer denouement would be appreciated."

May 12, 2016

I like this series and like this story too, although I found it dragging somewhat when it took so long to get to who the the adversary really was. And I do wish the general doom and gloom that hangs over Rutledge would lift, so that his character could lighten up a bit. There seems to be some hope for that, based on the ending, maybe the next story will carry that on.

Apr 15, 2016

Interesting story, but very slow in the telling. I would have liked more editing. There seems to be quite a bit of repetition, and just feels like padding.

Apr 12, 2016

Not the best in the series.

Mar 27, 2016

Slow and tedious. Very repetitive. This was a disappointment as I have read and enjoyed all of their other books.

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