The Confession by Charles Todd (2012 William Morrow/HarperCollins)
Do you enjoy murder mysteries? Have you ever tried to work through the twisted dynamics of dysfunctional families?
How about stories set in the realm of wealthy English families with their estates and servants all set in the immediate post World War I period?
In The Confession, Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is confronted by a young man claiming to have knowledge about the murder of a friend by another friend occurring during the war. Of course, Gallagher does his duty and begins to investigate.
He finds that all three were connected by a relationship with an interesting young lady. The family home was abandoned after the matron disappeared in the marshes. The fishing atmosphere of the local community along the North Sea was devastated by the location of an airfield to defend the homeland, and London down the river, from onslaught by the German airplanes of the time.
The resulting surveillance disrupted local smuggling activity from nearby France.
Our hero Gallagher relentlessly pursues all of the twists and turns in this well told story. It turns out, not surprisingly, that there are lies and secrets all around. He parses through each of them, including a disgraceful history of the community on the sea. In the end, the hints are brought together for a surprising conclusion.
If you like the mysteries and settings that are now so popular with the Downton Abbey series, you will enjoy the latest tale of Inspector Rutledge.
The Confession is a fine addition to the long-running series.