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Proof of Guilt

Todd, Charles

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Proof of Guilt
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When the clues in a hit-and-run investigation lead him to two families famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge is pitted against his new supervisor, who has his own suspect.

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Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062015686
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,24 cm.

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Concludes without answering all questions about characters and their motivations. Not a good representative of the usually high caliber of mystery from the Charles Todd team.

Big disappointment. Too many names, car rides, superhero fights. Too little depth of characterization and motivation.

Jul 17, 2013
  • Malca rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Have read everything by Charles Todd - one of my favourite mystery writers. I love Rutledge and the time period - post WWI

Jul 12, 2013
  • sleighride rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with the other comments, this was the worst of the Rutledge series. There was no real basis for the arrest of the so called murderers, there were no bodies !! I had to skim the last third of the book, it was too dumb to waste time reading it.

Jun 20, 2013
  • midg rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

OK but it didnt have a beginning or an end,it was all comfortable and familiar middle.

Jun 02, 2013
  • ladyoftruefaith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love the Rutledge books by Mr. Todd, but this one was a little slow at times. It seemed that Mr. Rutledge kept going around in circles. Not my favorite of the series.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed with this latest offering in an otherwise excellent series. I felt it to be rather dull and, as others have noticed, there is a lot of Rutledge driving around here and there. I'm not saying I'm right about this, but I didn't feel that the writers were as inspired as with other novels. I have put an order on the next book, and will trust that my anticipation will be rewarded.

Mar 18, 2013
  • libbuff rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not the best of the series. Hamish definitely moves to the background. And Rutledge spends a lot of time jumping in and out of his car, driving around the country, and I lost track of exactly which person or clue he was pursuing. Still, I like the Rutledge character and will look forward to the next in the series.

I need to pay better attention to names. So many are thrown around in this book I had a difficult time keeping in mind who was who. Rutledge’s grace and gentle tact are in full force here, and his charm goes a long way to making up for any nominal confusion the reader might have.

Feb 18, 2013
  • akarenina rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I could only get through 2/3 of this book, during which time Rutledge drove back and forth between London, Essex, and Surrey tracking suspects for the PRESUMED murder of two men. But, no one had found the bodies, nor were they looking for them. There IS a body from the beginning which continues to be unidentified. New characters and hypothetical "answers" are on every page. This WILL BE my last Rutledge book.

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