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S and the recovered man s ultimate death The other revolves about a mysterious young woman whose presence in the town seems the focus mysterious young woman whose presence in the
TOWN SEEMS THE FOCUS A DANGEROUS seems the focus a dangerous whose identity like hers is not clear This second crime nexus is introduced effectively and developed well enough until suddenly rushed to a melodramatic conclusion There is a scene when Rutledge realizes that he is under observation by a malevolent presence that is uite effective until Rutledge allows the stalker to move around the area without attempting to stalk him The
stalker uses the boat that had sunk and been raised and apparently repaired uses the boat that had sunk and been raised and apparently repaired it s the boat used by the women and rows back and forth across the river The boat isn t placed under observation Rutledge could have used the local constable a bit of a dunce to do that or staked it out himself And why doesn t anyone recognize the presence of the stalker as he moves around at night Given that he is physically fit unlike the other possible midnight walker would make it easy to tell them apart The use of a costume once seems pretty thin stuff as a distraction And the many references to the Cornish belief in spirits that go bump in the night by people from the area doesn t begin to explain why people don t notice a stranger at night The stalker could have been fleshed out better and Rutledge could have stalked him See Watcher in the Shadows or Kill Claudio for examples of what a master writer can do with that kind of situation If I were Inspector Ian Rutledge I wouldn t leave my revolver in a trunk under my bed in London not when I spend my life tracking homicidal maniacs He s had to use his service revolver in at least eight or nine other cases I used to read a lot mysteries than I do now when I ve gravitated towards thrillers and psychological suspense This book was a true mystery and a little too sedate for my taste It wasn t until two thirds of the way through this book that the story actually became interesting to me I have not read anything else by this author but this the 18th book in the series worked fine as a standalone I suspect however that the author s fans will like it than I didIn this book Inspector Ian. The village however 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 reuire all his skill to deal with the incensed families of the accused the grieving parents of the victim and local police eager to see th. Rutledge who has recently returned To Scotland Yard After Serving Scotland Yard after serving the First World War is sent to Cornwall to investigate an attempted murder Rutledge works alone except This is a very nicely written may I say genteel mystery set in England ust after WWI This is the 1st I ve read in this series it is actually 18 in this series but it works fine as a stand alone The author s bio says Charles Todd is a mother son writing team I do not know how that works as far as writing is concerned but they manage to portray a nice feeling of the manners and tone of that era The Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is a good hero and he obviously has a back story that loyal readers of this series already know about The mystery itself is nicely played out and although a little too sedate for my taste was a pleasant read Having read this entire series this is the one I have enjoyed the least But I could not give it a 2 star because Ian is developing and there are portions of this which were a progression to the
overall psychological changes as the years after the Great War turn one and then another and psychological changes as the years after the Great War turn one and then another and another And now the differences from that The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning: Studies Presented to Wadad Kadi just punctured psyche are beginning to evolve It was the plot and the placements this time that I thought much less interesting and probable both than the usual Ian Rutledge For instance way too many red herrings and redundant testimonies which the reader knows are red herring or repeats for filler purposes from the get go Like an unconscious victim becoming audible suddenly and saying a name And you KNOW that it is NOT the name of the perpetratorust because of when he says it This novel became tedious for 100 pages in the middle exactly for those two reasons But what really was 2 star at core was the focal event of the 4 women NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE is book 18 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series I have only previously read the first book in this series but I had no problem getting into this book There are some mentioning of events from previous books but I don t think one needs to read previous books to keep up with what s going on in NO SHRED OF EVIDENCEREAD THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION. Ese four women sent to the infamous Bodmin Gaol Then why hasn’t the killing stoppedWith 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 fa. ,
Characters No Shred of EvidenceThe Ian Rutledge books make up a superior series The Impact Of World War I On English Society Is Always of World War I on English society is always within the individual books in the series The challenge of hunting murderers in a pre CSI world is always interesting The description of Rutledge s personal challenges deeply rooted in his wartime experience are freuently moving I look forward to each book eagerly Having said all that I have issues with No Shred of Evidence that won t lower its 4 star rating but explain why it s no a 5 star book The description of these issues must be preceded by a Spoiler Alert The crime that Rutledge is sent to Cornwall to investigate sets up well Four young women who are boating go to the rescue of another boater a young man known to two of them at least whose boat appears to be sinking When their efforts prove to be a physical challenge a farmer dives into the river and swims to their assistance The rescued boater is in a coma however and the farmer accuses the young women of attempted murder Enter Rutledge So far so good The authors argues from the beginning that the farmer s word counts for than the collective testimony of the four young women apparently because the accused Would Automatically Lie If automatically lie if What happened to the assumption that the English system assumes innocence and reuires the hard proof of guilt Whatever the nature of rural life in England in the 1920s however insular Cornwall might have been compared to London the authorial assumption that eight hundred years of English law don t apply in rural Cornwall seems absurd To make the point even strongly the four young women are from the privileged class served in volunteer posts in the war and one
Is The Daughter Ofthe daughter of largest landowner as well as the chief magistrate of the district If anything they would have gotten off without much of an inuest Why does everyone assume that they are in line for hanging in the absence of eye witness testimony to the contrary Granted the assumption makes Rutledge s efforts fraught but it seems an artificially contrived assumption There are two overlapping maybe maybe not crimes under consideration One is a product of the farmer s charge. 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 Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first Inspector to reach.