Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Confession is the 14th book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series written by the mother and son team. This is the second Inspector Rutledge book I’ve read and while I did enjoy the first book, A Lonely Death, I found this one to be so much better. I think it was because A Lonely Death had much more political maneuvering in it while The Confession one was all about the mystery.

A man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses to a five year old murder that no one knows about to Inspector Rutledge. The man is dying from inoperable cancer and only has a few weeks left to live. Rutledge is not sure he totally believes the man, but the story intrigues him, so he starts snooping around without opening an official investigation. In the midst of his investigation, he visits a sleepy and rather unfriendly village where the crime supposedly took place.

Shortly after the confession and Ian’s trip to the village, the man who confessed is found floating in the river with a bullet hole to the back of his head. Adding to the mystery is the fact that the man is not the person he claimed to be to the Inspector. No one is sure who he was, but Rutledge suspects it might have something to do with the murder he confessed to as another man. Inspector Rutledge has an interesting knot to untangle. There are a lot of clues and some get in the way of the actual investigation he is trying to conduct.

As I said earlier, I really enjoyed The Confession. It had a real mystery and was almost like an Agatha Christie crossed with a Sherlock Holmes. It had the English countryside feel, the writing was good and the pace was nice, but not intense. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes British mysteries.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Also by Charles Todd: A Bitter Truth & A Lonely Death

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

A review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.