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No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) by Charles Todd

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

No Shred of EvidenceWhen 4 young ladies are accused of murder, Scotland Yard­ Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to investigate after the first assigned inspector unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. What seems like an open and shut case soon proves to be anything but. The first inspector’s notes are missing and despite what appears to be an eyewitness to the crime, there is no apparent motive and an abundance of contradictory evidence. The deeper Rutledge digs into the background of the accused, the more secrets began to be revealed. Rutledge soon finds himself in a race against time to find the true killer before he strikes again.

No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd is a first class British mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Set in the years following WW I, Todd has done a yeoman’s job of taking the reader back to the early 20th century, before computers and DNA, when investigating a murder meant hitting the streets instead of tapping on keys. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the 1920’s British countryside where loyalties run deep and secrets are numerous. I won’t be able to read the rest of the series fast enough and give this book 4/5 stars.