Title: The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge #14)
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
Inspector Ian Rutledge receives a visit from a man who confesses to killing another man five years prior. Ian likes the confessor, but has his doubts as to the truth of his confession. On his own time, Ian goes to the small village where the murder allegedly took place. He is met with open hostility and leaves the village thinking something is not quite right there. He does some more digging with no real results. Then, two weeks later, the man who confessed to committing the murder is himself found murdered. Now, there is an official case headed up by Rutledge.
Upon returning to the village, he again meets with resistance everywhere he turns. He is led down many different avenues, but always seems to wind up at a dead end. There are other unsolved murders in the past of some of the villagers, but are they related to his current case? He believes that they just might be. He knows he is missing one vital piece of the puzzle and then he’ll be able to solve the case. Can he catch the killer before he kills one last time and makes good his escape? Timing is everything.
Once again, the writing team of Charles Todd delivers an excellent mystery! There were many twists and turns in the plot that left me baffled about the killer’s identity. The tension built by skillful writing was palpable and left me quickly turning page after page. The vivid descriptions of the scenery put me right there in my mind as if I were in the story myself. With each novel in the series, I am enjoying getting to know Inspector Rutledge better and how his mind works to achieve justice in his mind. I hope to read the next book in the series within the next few weeks as I bet it will be another winner!
My rating is 5 stars.