A Fatal Lie: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Charles Todd

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Date: February 2021

Duration: 10 hours 53 minutes


“If there’s ever been a more complex and compelling hero in crime fiction than Inspector Rutledge, I can’t think of one.”—Jeffery Deaver 

In one of his most puzzling cases, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man’s life and his past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried.

A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. The man appears to have fallen from the canal aqueduct spanning the valley. But there is no identification on the body, he isn’t a local, and no one will admit to having seen him before. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help.  

 When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues—a faded military tattoo on the victim’s arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt. They eventually lead him to the victim’s identity: Sam Milford. By all accounts, he was a good man and well-respected. Then, why is his death so mysterious? Looking for the truth, Rutledge uncovers a web of lies swirling around a suicidal woman, a child’s tragic fate, another woman bent on protecting her past. But where among all the lies is the motive for murder?  

To track a killer, Rutledge must retrace Milford’s last journey. Yet death seems to stalk his every move, and the truth seems to shift at every turn. Man or woman, this murderer stays in the shadows, and it will take desperate measures to lure him—or her—into the light. 


  • Gina M.

    I’ve loved every inspector Rutledge mystery and I eagerly anticipate each new release but when I saw Simon Prebble had been replaced I was not happy. Much to my surprise and delight Simon Vance did a fabulous job however .... no cat??

  • Pamela M.

    I enjoy the Ian Rutledge stories a lot. Look forward to a new one coming out. I listen to several of his latest books over and over. I have always enjoyed the story being read by Simon Prebble. This one was read by Simon Vance, took a few chapters to get in tune with different voice, but once did, it was easy to listen too.

  • Elizabeth D.

    Love this Series, this although enjoyable, was not as good as previous installments. Im chalking it up to a missing emotional element in the story for our beloved Inspector.

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