Sunday, January 27, 2013

Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd - Review and Giveaway

Happy Sunday!

Partners in Crime presents:

Welcome to my stop at the Proof of Guilt Blog Tour. This tour is organized by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours and by the author Charles Todd. My stop includes a review of the book, a giveaway and some information about the author and book. Let's start with the review!

Author: Charles Todd
Title: Proof of Guilt
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: William Morrow
Published: 20th of January 2013
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 352 pages
Source: From tour organizer


Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest complex mystery in the New York Times bestselling series

"Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre's most complex and fascinating detective."-Entertainment Weekly

An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While signs point to murder, vital questions remain. Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed?

One small clue leads the Inspector to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise is missing. But is he the dead man? And do either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance-or possible death? What about his sister? Or the London office clerk? Is Matthew Traynor, French's cousin and partner who heads the Madeira office, somehow involved?

The experienced Rutledge knows that suspicion and circumstantial evidence are not proof of guilt, and he's going to keep digging for answers. But that perseverance will pit him against his supervisor, the new Acting Chief Superintendent. When Rutledge discovers a link to an incident in the family's past, the superintendent dismisses it, claiming the information isn't vital. He's determined to place blame on one of French's women despite Rutledge's objections. Alone in a no man's land rife with mystery and danger, Rutledge must tread very carefully, for someone has decided that he, too, must die so that cruel justice can take its course,

My review:

Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd is the first book in An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series that I have read. I have to say, that I was very excited to read a mystery written by Charles Todd and I loved it! It was well-written with brilliant plot and very fascinating characters! Besides that, I was intrigued by the complicated murder case and very few leads and this is exactly what I love about a good mystery - it is not too obvious who is behind the murder(s). This was exactly what Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd offered to the reader - great plot where you keep guessing and never get it right before the author reveals it!


Ian Rutledge is returning from the WW I to his job as Investigator in Scotland Yard. Lots of things have happened with Rutledge during the war and Scotland Yard is not what it used to be and welcomes Rutledge with new boss.

Rutledge is assigned investigating a case where dead well-dressed and unidentified gentleman is found on a well-kept street of London. There are no clues about who the man is, what happened or who did that. The only lead Rutledge has is a pocket watch. The investigation takes him to merchant families and the body count is getting bigger and the number of potential suspects is increasing, but evidence is still lacking.


Ian Rutledge was an intriguing and interesting character and I think the author did a brilliant work with him. Rutledge was complicated, heavily influenced by his experiences in the war, he was intelligent and smart. He carries his baggage with war horrors and hears voices from his second in command Hamish MacLeish. Rutledge is suffering and trying to hide it. That makes him a complex person.

Even though we know little about Hamish and hear mostly about him in Rutledge's head as voices, he is actually quite important character. Hamish was executed during the war for not obeying orders.


Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd is 15th installation in the series, but it can successfully being read as standalone, as I did. It does not disturb the reading. The plot was excellent and thrilling, the settings from 1920s London well created and believable and I loved the characters! Highly recommended!

5 Flowers!
5 stars!

The publisher has been so kind and I can give away 1 paperback copy of The Confession by Charles Todd.

Giveaway details:

Open for US only.
Leave a comment of which mystery book was the last one you have read. Don't forget your email.
Giveaway open until February 5.

About the author:
Charles Todd is the pen name used by a mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd.

Buy links:
Amazon B&N

Next stop of the blog tour is Monday: 01/28 Eileen @ Books R Us

Happy reading!



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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I just finished Tomb With a View.

  3. Very nice review and post. GL everyone with the giveaway. Thank you for sharing. Good job!!

  4. Well I don't usually read mysteries but I have really been enjoying historical mysteries like this one (which is why this intrigues me!). The last one I read and really enjoyed was India Black and the Rajah's Ruby.

  5. I just finished Private Games by James Patterson. I really enjoy mysteries! Thank you for the giveaway!
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