The Se­crets of Wish-tide

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Kate Saun­ders, Allen & Un­win.

For fans of Agatha Christie’s su­per sleuth Miss Marple and Alexan­der Mc­Call Smith’s Mma Pre­cious Ramotswe, there’s a new lady de­tec­tive to check out – Laeti­tia Rodd, a Vic­to­rian-era woman of good char­ac­ter but re­duced cir­cum­stances, who deals in cases that call for the ut­most dis­cre­tion. In her early 50s, re­cently wid­owed Laeti­tia has been hired by wealthy Sir James Calder­stone to find out more about He­len Orme, a mys­te­ri­ous widow who has captured the heart of Sir James’ im­petu­ous son and heir Charles. Trav­el­ling to Wishtide, the fam­ily seat in Lin­colnshire, un­der the guise of new gov­erness to the Calder­stone’s teenage daugh­ters, Laeti­tia man­ages to un­earth a great deal about the beau­ti­ful widow and also dis­cov­ers she isn’t the only per­son with se­crets they’d pre­fer not to be brought to light. But when a man is mur­dered, our hero­ine must call upon all her re­sources and in­tu­ition to find the killer be­fore the wrong per­son is tried for the crime. This is well-crafted and an en­joy­able first in­stal­ment in a six-part se­ries of Laeti­tia Rodd mys­ter­ies that pro­vides il­lu­mi­nat­ing in­sights into the role of women and their place in Vic­to­rian so­ci­ety. Loosen your corset, set­tle in and get ready to im­merse your­self in the ad­ven­tures of a highly like­able new Bri­tish su­per-snoop.

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