The Secrets of Wishtide
It’s the winter of 1850 and Mrs. Laetitia Rodd is a recently widowed woman who makes her living as a private investigator. Her brother is a criminal lawyer who finds cases for her to solve. This particular case involves the son of a wealthy and well-respected family, who falls in love with someone they deem inappropriate. They hire Mrs. Rodd to pretend to be their governess and discover the background of this questionable lady. However, Mrs. Rodd quickly finds out that Wishtide holds many mysteries and some people will go to extreme lengths to keep their secrets.
One of the things that immediately drew me to this book was the publishers claiming it would delight fans of Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton. I can definitely say they were right. This novel has more humor, but it does remind me of Miss Marple from various Christie novels. The plot also draws inspiration from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. The author states in the afterword that this book is her take on that story.
The main character, Mrs. Rodd, is clever, witty, and altogether likable. The same holds true for her landlady, Mrs. Bentley, who often lends a hand in the investigation. I am very excited that The Secrets of Wishtide is the first in a series and look forward to more cases that can only be solved by the intelligence and discretion of an archdeacon’s widow.