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Mediocre...and it's a shame.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2016
"Charles Todd" is a mother-son writing team who have two on-going mystery series. The first is the "Inspector Ian Rutledge", which is set after the Great War and the second is the "Bess Crawford", set during the Great War. The "Bess" series seems to have retreated a bit from the fine writing it began with, but I'd always seen the "Rutledge" series as still going strong. I've never given a "Rutledge" book any less than five stars, but I'm giving this one, "No Shred of Evidence", only two stars.
"Shred of Evidence" moves forward in fits and starts. The first third, with the setting of four young women accused of causing the death of a young man in a boating accident in a Cornwall village, is interminable. I seriously thought the rest of the book was going to continue in this vein, and then the plot and the characters picked up a bit. But as the book continued, the plot just got more and more difficult to follow and more improbable to boot. The ending was just there and asked more questions than it answered.
When I say I have read and enjoyed and appreciated all the previous "Rutledge" books, you can believe me. That's why I was so disappointed that this book was so bad. I don't know if the "Charles Todd" writing duo has run out of energy or interest in their character, but I know I will carefully read the reviews of their next book before buying it.