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Author: Kate Saunders Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Laetitia Rodd Mysteries Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781520055190
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This is the first in a clever and charming new crime series that will delight fans of Agatha Christie and Alexander McCall Smith.

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, 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 ten 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pleasure to read…The story owes a debt to David Copperfield and has the Dickensian quality of smuggling serious themes within its plot—about the fates of women and the weight of their virtue.”

    Times (London)

  • “Readers will find themselves immersed in nineteenth-century English society, from grand houses to dockside taverns, in a story that draws heavily from the work of Charles Dickens. Saunders’ protagonist sheds a sympathetic light on the plight of women in the rigid moral climate of Victorian England…A well-done Victorian-set mystery with a resourceful female detective.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A well-written series with all the hallmarks of a classic British cozy.“

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Saunders explores Victorian sexual mores in a well-evoked historical world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Anna Bentinck delivers Saunders’ whodunit…Bentinck’s lithe voice emoting sadness, delight, horror, and grace in males and females young and old prepares us for the twists and turns that ensue. Bentinck’s well-done Yorkshire, Cockney, and aristocratic voices convey the rigid social stratification and mores of the period. This first installment in the Laetitia Rodd series leaves the listener eager for the Victorian sleuth’s next case.”


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About the Author

Kate Saunders is the author of many books for adults and children, including the Belfry witches series and the Laetitia Rodd mystery series, as well as Five Children on the Western Front, which won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2014. She has written for the London Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, and Cosmopolitan and has contributed to the Radio 4 programs Woman’s Hour, Start the Week, and Kaleidoscope.

About the Narrator

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.