No Shred of Evidence

No Shred of Evidence

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

eBook - 2016
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Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, past secrets, and a shocking accusation of murder involving four unlikely suspects in this absorbing entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series On the north coast of Cornwall, on a warm autumn day, an apparent act of mercy is repaid with an arrest. Four young women of good family, out boating on the River Camel, see a young man alone in another boat that appears to be sinking. In the commotion of the rescue, Harry Saunders, the local banker's son, is gravely injured. A witness to the event, an upstanding local farmer, accuses the women of attempted murder. Taken into custody, they are placed under house arrest. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office, asking Scotland Yard to review the case. When the original inspector suffers a heart attack, a very reluctant Ian Rutledge is sent to Padstow--too near the scene of another case whose tragic end still haunts him. Unable to find his dead predecessor's notes, Rutledge is informed that the investigation is all but closed. With the victim in a coma, there is no one to refute the accusations of the witness. Though Rutledge agrees that circumstances look bad for the young women, he still must determine whether they harmed the young man--and what may have motivated them. His inquiry takes an unexpected personal turn when he discovers that one of the accused is none other than the attractive, levelheaded cousin of the woman he intended to marry in 1914. To find not just the truth but proof of it, Rutledge will require all his skill to deal with the very powerful and very angry families of the accused, the grieving parents of the victim, local police eager to see these four privileged women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol, and his own painful memories. And then another person is savagely attacked--but with the suspects in custody, why hasn't the killing stopped? The only clue leads nowhere. With no shred of evidence to clear the young women, Rutledge must delve 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. Praise for Charles Todd A Fine Summer's Day "A very welcome addition to, and expansion of, a much-loved series."--Booklist "A bittersweet gift to longtime readers of this wonderful series."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review "An absolute pleasure to read and a true treat for faithful readers of this series."--Bookreporter.com "A high point in this evocative series that has never disappointed."--South Florida Sun Sentinel Hunting Shadows "Another dark and gripping saga."--Washington Times "A deliciously intricate plot. . . .Todd's concoction will keep you enthralled and entranced to the end."--Providence Journal
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062386205
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mspryor
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.

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EmilyEm
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.

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sophia08
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.

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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."

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dougslater
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.

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tallpinetree
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.

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pitkerro
Apr 12, 2016

Not the best in the series.

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maryannaze
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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107mg
Feb 13, 2016

Having just finished Wings of Fire and, before that, A Fine Summer's Day, I was up to date on the personal history of Rutledge which added to my understanding of the story. This book shows Rutledge as slowly moving forward with his life (less Hamish & PTSD; more interest in a personal life). 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.

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