Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon: she is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, she is asked by Sir James Calderstone to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, where she discovers that the Calderstones have more to hide than most. As their secrets unfold, the case takes an unpleasant turn when a man is found dead outside a tavern. Mrs Rodd's keen eyes and astute wits are taxed as never before in her search for the truth.
©2016 Kate Saunders (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing
A hugely enjoyable High Victorian detective and legal drama with a difference. Romps through the countryside and city taking in the seedy underbelly and high society. I didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did, but now I am desperate for more of Mrs Rodd adventures! This was my first experience of a Kate Saunders novel and I was not disappointed.
This was also the first book I've heard narrated by Charlotte Strevens, and I thought she was brilliant. Instantly recognisable characters (obviously once you 'meet' them in the tale) and beautifully paced.
Laetitia Rodd is an absolutely splendid heroine and this really is one of my favourite listens of all time. Mrs Rodd may be a genteel lady fallen on somewhat hard times but she is no stereotype and this book is well written and beautifully read. Her brother and housekeeper are also deftly written characters and the plot itself is a good one. I do hope that we see more of Mrs Rodd soon.
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