Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Book Review - The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Published:  1 June 2017

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

My Thoughts:

The Secrets of Wishtide is the first in a new series to feature the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon who discreetly carries out private investigations.

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd is a kind and caring person, but with a steely determination to right the wrongs in her own inimitable way.

Her brother, a criminal barrister, asks her to look into the background of a certain young lady who is thought to be too unsuitable to be marrying into a wealthy family.

But when a murder is committed, the plot becomes more challenging to Laetitia and she is soon locking horns with the irascible Inspector Blackbeard who, I believe, has met his match!

This is a multi layered story, full of rich and interesting characters. which I absolutely loved.  Laetitia is a no-nonsense lady with a heart of gold who is not at all squeamish around corpses and blood.

This is a Victorian mystery to savour, with family secrets, betrayals and murder!

I received a copy of this novel from Bloomsbury books in exchange for an honest review.

First Paragraph:


It was a bright, windy October morning, and Mrs. Bentley and I were down in the basement kitchen making a rabbit pudding.  The rabbits were a gift from Mrs. Bentley's second son, whose daughter I had helped to place in a very respectable domestic situation with the Mayburys of Finchley, and when the doorknocker sounded I was up to my elbows in flour.

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