The Secrets of Wishtide

The Secrets of Wishtide

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Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and powerful industrialist who asks Mrs Rodd to investigate the background of an 'unsuitable' woman his son intends to marry - a match he is determined to prevent. In the guise of governess, she travels to the family seat, Wishtide, deep in the frozen Lincolnshire countryside, where she soon 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 - which carries her from elite drawing rooms to London's notorious inns and its steaming laundry houses. 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 enthral and delight.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2016.
ISBN: 9781408866887
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, widow of an archdeacon, lives a quiet life in the village of Hampstead, doing charitable works and enjoying the company of her landlady Mrs. Bentley. She also sometimes solves "domestic mysteries" for her brother, a criminal barrister. Her current case will be famili... Read More »

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CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 23, 2017

What an enjoyable mystery. Set in Victorian England, the book features Lartitia Todd, a widow, who helps her lawyer brother solve a mystery. The main character is well-drawn and the mystery held my interest. I especially liked the details about the time period woven into the book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

GCPL_Angela Aug 18, 2017

A solid start to a new series -- I'll probably read the next one. I think I might've enjoyed it more if I'd ever read David Copperfield, as I understand this book references that one heavily. Overall, diverting enough and seems mostly true to the period, despite a few small-ish anachronisms . I like our detective and supporting characters; would've liked to have seen more detail in the resolution of the case and perhaps less detail in the getting there -- I think it's too long by about 25-50 pages; could've been tighter. Recommended for cozy fans.

Jul 17, 2017

The novels visits all levels of mid-Victorian society. I am still a bit confused about some bits, but the characters are likable. She picks up interesting bits about the economy, such as the decline of the great inns as transportation shifted from coaches to railroads.

Funkelizk May 12, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed how this mystery played out! Mrs. Rodd, an older widow, is the reader's eyes throughout the book and is entirely likeable and thankfully keeps a cool head. I could have done with a few less references to her past, but as this is the first in the series the author could be setting up her character. I wouldn't mind less of her husband and more of herself. While the mystery unravels at a good pace throughout the book, none of the action would give one whiplash. I wouldn't quite call it a cozy mystery, but definitely a historical one.

Feb 17, 2017

The plot moves too slowly with too many love affairs and murders. I lost interest about half way through it, but finished reading to the end. Everything got resolved at the end.

CMLReads_Kristin Nov 15, 2016

A nice, quiet, historical mystery. This one is for those who are interested in historical detail more than in a fast-paced, gritty mystery. The author does an excellent job illustrating gender roles in Victorian England. Fans of Anne Perry should check this one out!

Nov 02, 2016

A good, well-written mystery. Set in the 1850s, only a few modern terms or ideas crept in. The villain, well, is kept hidden for most of the book, which is a good thing, because the villain is the only character that isn't quite as fully orbed as the other characters.

Oct 03, 2016

What a fun new series in the cozy mystery genre! Letty Rodd, the widow of an English archdeacon, assists her solicitor brother as needed on cases which require a bit of discrete investigating. Set in the late 19th century, this protagonist is spunky, yet compassionate!


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