The Secrets of Wishtide

  • by Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Customer Reviews

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Great new find

I'm always on the lookout for a new British mystery series...something not too gory, not too cosy, with a little meat on the bone but nothing too serious. This fits the bill. Great length, great main character. The only issue is that the otherwise-great narrator's male character voices are laughably bad (just drop your voice a tiny bit and speak normally! Otherwise, they sound like buffoons!). But I could get past that.
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- Christy

Thoroughly enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secrets of Wishtide to be better than the print version?

No idea--only listened


What did you like best about this story?

The characters, probably. And the fact that Letitia tends to see the good in people.


What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

She was excellent at giving each character a distinct voice, at least within each scene. I will be looking for other things she's narrated.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but then I don't particularly want an extreme reaction to a book these days


Any additional comments?

This book will be too slow for many and not violent enough for others. Another reviewer objected to the inclusion of religious references and thoughts in the book, calling it "proselytizing", but there is actually no proselytizing at all in the book, merely a handful of entirely appropriate religious references, thoughts, and language, not overdone at all. Any story that purports to take place in that time and place that contains no religious reference at all would be false to the realities of the culture, especially for the widow of a bishop!

But if those things don't put you off, and you are looking for a pleasant listen to while away a few hours, this one will do you nicely.

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- Episteme

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC