It is 1851 and Mrs Rodd has received an unusual commission: wealthy businessman Jacob Welland is dying of consumption and implores our redoubtable detective to find his beloved brother, whom he has no... more
Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery #2) Reviews
- This is the wonderful second in the 53 year old Laetitia Rodd series, set in the Victorian era by Kate Sauders. located in London, and in this addition, Oxford. A clergyman's daughter, Rodd is the impoverished childless widow of an Archdeacon, living with her confidante and landlady, Mrs Bentley, with a famous criminal barrister brother, the irreverent Frederick Tyson, with his chaotic household of 11 children. It is Frederick who is the source of the cases she takes on, and which provide a welc... more
- Three years ago I read a book with the words A Laetitia Rodd Mystery on the cover, and I wrote:I was sorry when the story was over; but I’m very glad that this is the first book of a series, and I’m looking forward to meeting Laetitia and her family and friends again.I looked out for a second book but it didn’t appear and I had pretty much given up hope when I saw this book bearing those same words.It was lovely to step back into a world and feel completely at home, even though it had been... more
- It is nigh on 3 years since I was last with Laetitia Rodd when I discovered the first novel and then hoped for more so I was more than delighted when I got the chance to read and the review the second one. I hope there will be more.So what do you need to know about Laetitia Rodd? A fifty something widow of an archdeacon who is kind of down on her luck financially. She lives with her landlady Mrs Benton, one time landlady of the well known poet John Keats and also Laetitia's friend and confidante... more
- 4.5 starsThis was an enthralling read. It was told in the first person by Laetitia Rodd, a 53 year widow. It was written in an engaging style. Her brother Fred, a barrister, was quite a colourful character and he did make me chuckle. Laetitia, worked, on occasions as an investigator and it is this work that her story is based on. Laetitia knows an amazing amount of people, which she calls upon in her investigations. She comes into contact with Mr, Blackbeard from Scotland Yard, they have a mutua... more
- For those of us who are keen readers of light mysteries and historical fiction Kate Saunders has created a wonderful world we can inhabit for a few hours.Our detective, Laetitia Rodd, is every bit as bright and curious as Miss Marple, but not as much of an intrusive busy-body (no real offense intended to Miss Marple !) Her moral core is so solid it can occasionally get in the way, but as the widow of an Arch-Deacon her innumerable clerical connections create so many opportunities and benefits th... more
- Set in 1851, and bursting with larger-than-life characters, this is a very recommendable good read.“Dickens-lite” is a compliment, since Dickens was so in tune with what the readers of his day wanted that this is the kind of story he would be writing were he alive now. A convoluted way of saying that the second in the Laetitia Rodd Mystery series is a very readable and enjoyable novel, so much so that I acquired the first in the series, which I missed on publication, and have now read it wit... more
- I first found this book while I was looking through the Bloomsbury catalogue and I immediately wanted to read it. I love murder mysteries and crime books and I was so excited to start it when I received it in the mail. It took a couple of chapters to get into it properly because it is set in the 1850s so the language and the setting is not very common and not what i am used to but it was a nice difference to read something not based on this generation. As always, I love all murder stories and my... more
- Mrs Rodd,a widow is asked to find the whereabouts of the brother an extremely wealthy man who is dying.The brother has been missing for 15 years.Mrs Rodd stays with some friends of hers as she investigates this mystery and is soon in the middle of another one.This book is very quaint and it makes you want to sip a cup of tea as you read it. Loved reading about the British countryside.It has a good mix of morality and murder.
- 3.5 starts! I enjoyed this book, I found the writing style quite "charming', although I felt it dragged a little 3/4 of the way through only to pick up again at the end. I will read the first mystery in this series as a result of enjoying this one.
- Okay, ready for #3!
- Good for an easy, fun read. I wouldn’t mind reading others from the series
- Murder,mystery,religion and a middle aged female slueth all go together to make an interesting and intriguing story. I like the characters.