The Secrets of Wishtide: A Novel

The Secrets of Wishtide: A Novel

by Kate Saunders

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Overview

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Bentley, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator.

Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in the neighboring village of Highgate with his wife and ten children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence, her iron discretion, and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When Frederick brings to her attention a case involving the son of the well-respected, highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire to take up a position as the family's new governess—quickly making herself indispensable.But the seemingly simple case—looking into young Charles Calderstone's “inappropriate” love interest—soon takes a rather unpleasant turn. And as the family's secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most.

Dickensian in its scope and characters, The Secrets of Wishtide brings nineteenth century society vividly to life and illuminates the effect of Victorian morality on women's lives. Introducing an irresistible new detective, the first book in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series will enthrall and delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632864499
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Series: Laetitia Rodd Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 346,213
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kate Saunders is an author and journalist who has worked for the London Times, the Sunday Times, and Cosmopolitan, and has contributed to Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Start the Week. She has written numerous books for adults and children, including Night Shall Overtake Us and Five Children on the Western Front, which won the Costa Children's Book Award in 2014. She lives in London, England.

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The Secrets of Wishtide 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enchanting heroine. Well told story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story but had a hard time tracking all the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the plot, the characters, even characters names. For once the author even tied up loose ends at he end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Myndia More than 1 year ago
When thinking of a private investigator in Victorian times, I’m quite sure Laetitia Rodd is not at all what you’d expect. A widow of 52, who had previously lived a quiet life as a clergyman’s wife, she is now occasionally called upon by her brother – a rather successful barrister – to discretely investigate matters related to his clients. In this particular case, the son of a wealthy gentleman is looking to marry a woman whose background is questionable, and his family is hoping to prove the woman unworthy so their son can pursue a more appropriate match. What at first seems a straightforward background check of sorts, turns into a rather twisted murder mystery that Mrs. Rodd seems uniquely qualified to solve. This may sound strange, but I found this book comforting. Like a familiar blanket or other comfort object, something that you can settle into and relax, and makes you feel at home. I suspect this is because it is, according to the author, a sort of reimagining of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which means it naturally smacks of some of my old favorite Victorian classics. I used to lose myself in Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations and the like, and so The Secrets of Wishtide, with its obvious classical influence, was easy to sink into. The language is, of course, much more accessible and modern than those classics, but the general feeling is very much the same. And the characters were just so wonderful! Mrs. Dodd was as proper as you’d expect a good clergyman’s wife to be, but she was not a prude. I loved her sense of people, her compassion for everyone, her lack of pretentiousness, her cleverness, and the fact that she took on a role that was generally reserved for men, in a time when women were still legally considered their husband’s property. The mystery itself was all over the place, full of surprises and seemingly dead ends. Not particularly intense or suspenseful, no gore or anything truly salacious. The kind of mystery I think anyone could enjoy and one I highly recommend. I’ll certainly be tuning in for the next in series. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
When thinking of a private investigator in Victorian times, I’m quite sure Laetitia Rodd is not at all what you’d expect. A widow of 52, who had previously lived a quiet life as a clergyman’s wife, she is now occasionally called upon by her brother – a rather successful barrister – to discretely investigate matters related to his clients. In this particular case, the son of a wealthy gentleman is looking to marry a woman whose background is questionable, and his family is hoping to prove the woman unworthy so their son can pursue a more appropriate match. What at first seems a straightforward background check of sorts, turns into a rather twisted murder mystery that Mrs. Rodd seems uniquely qualified to solve. This may sound strange, but I found this book comforting. Like a familiar blanket or other comfort object, something that you can settle into and relax, and makes you feel at home. I suspect this is because it is, according to the author, a sort of reimagining of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, which means it naturally smacks of some of my old favorite Victorian classics. I used to lose myself in Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations and the like, and so The Secrets of Wishtide, with its obvious classical influence, was easy to sink into. The language is, of course, much more accessible and modern than those classics, but the general feeling is very much the same. And the characters were just so wonderful! Mrs. Dodd was as proper as you’d expect a good clergyman’s wife to be, but she was not a prude. I loved her sense of people, her compassion for everyone, her lack of pretentiousness, her cleverness, and the fact that she took on a role that was generally reserved for men, in a time when women were still legally considered their husband’s property. The mystery itself was all over the place, full of surprises and seemingly dead ends. Not particularly intense or suspenseful, no gore or anything truly salacious. The kind of mystery I think anyone could enjoy and one I highly recommend. I’ll certainly be tuning in for the next in series. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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