The Secrets of Wish-tide
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.