Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover 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 an unpleasant turn. And as the family's secrets begin to unfold, Laetitia discovers the Calderstones have more to hide than most.
©2016 Kate Saunders (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
I commute 1 1/2 hours per day by car for my job. Great time to listen to a great book!
This book is delightful! Smart mystery - wonderful characters. I'm not sure how the author will make a series out of this but I hope she does. I usually would only read this type of mystery from a book - but the narrator made the audio worth your while.
It's slow enough to actually have been written in 1850 by the Victorian widow of a vicar, so it seems very very long. The solution to the mystery is obvious almost as soon as it appears, so no real mystery exists. And there is lots and lots of proselytizing, which is definitely not to my taste. As the narrator, Anna Bentinck does her usual fine job.
Right up there at the top! The author was able to write a great period book that stayed within the realm of realism. I enjoy reading historical fiction because I don't have to listen to all of the offensive language that to date books deem necessary to use. I also loved how the author was able to show how strong women had to be to survive in a time period that was very limiting at best but her story was not about how evil all men are.
The grace given to the paramour required a strong selfless act.
Mrs Benson was another character that was a great example of showing great strength and wisdom without having to have great wealth or academic accomplishments.
Grow your own seeds!
More, more, more!!!
This had it all for me...smart, captivating writing narrated by a master-level performer. The story, characters, and narration were just so great; I can't wait to gobble up all the stories to come. Ms. Saunders, please keep writing this series!
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