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1851. Wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores private detective Laetitia Rodd to find his beloved brother, whom he has not seen for 10 years. 

An impoverished Oxford scholar who left college to live as a wandering hermit, Joshua Welland has been spotted in a gypsy camp, where it was rumoured he was learning great secrets. Her search reconnects Laetitia with a couple from her past, but then a murder is committed. Laetitia's friend, Inspector Blackbeard of Scotland Yard, dismisses her talk of gypsies and secrets, but Laetitia is convinced something sinister lurks in this peaceful landscape.

©2019 Kate Saunders (P)2020 Oakhill Publishing

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  • 25-07-21

Another fun outing for the redoubtable Mrs. Rodd

I did very much enjoy this second Laetitia Rodd adventure. I find the characters, especially Fred, Mary, Inspector Blackbeard and, of course, Lettie herself, very engaging and believable, and the plot has plenty of twists and turns to keep the listener/reader guessing. I have a couple of issues with the narrator, who, on the whole, I like…but why has Inspector Blackbeard changed from Welsh into a true-born Londoner between the first book and this one?!! Same character, same narrator, yet his origins (or at least his accent) seem to have changed completely! I found this a little annoying, especially as I was quite fond of the gently Welsh Blackbeard of the first book. Likewise, can she please make up her mind whether he is Blackbeard or Blackbird?! She vacillates between the two in a rather irritating display of indecision!! Despite these minor niggles, she does generally do a good job of bringing these characters and their adventures to life, and I look forward to Mrs. Rodd’s next adventure being recorded before too long.

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Truly mesmerising

Loved it! Could not wait till all was revealed at the end. Simply great storytelling.

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Seriously love these books

Very enjoyable crime series, well written with very engaging characters and twisty plots. Sometimes slightly too melodramatic for my taste - some plot elements remind me of Wilkie Collins. But overall thumping good stories and an absolutely perfect narrator.

Already very impatient for the next one!

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A very easy listen to a enjoyable book. Good story well read. I figured out the culprit quite early on in the book. This didn't detract from my enjoyment though.

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Wonderful Series!

I have so enjoyed this series. Beautifully narrated by Charlotte Strevens.
I so look forward to the next book.

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excellent listeni

fascinating story very well read keeping me awake and interested throughout a wake full night.