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Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery)

Kate Saunders


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M. C. Beaton meets Miss Marple in the second book in the Laetitia Rodd Mysteries, which sees Kate Saunders's Victorian detective on the hunt for a missing Oxford academic.

In 1851, private detective Laetitia Rodd is enjoying a well-earned holiday when she gets an urgent request for her services. Mrs. Rodd's neighbor Jacob Welland is a reclusive, rich gentleman dying of consumption, and he wants Mrs. Rodd to find his brother, who has been missing for fifteen years.

Joshua Welland was a scholar at Oxford, brilliant, eccentric, and desperately poor when he disappeared from the university. Friends claim to have seen him since, in gypsy camps and wandering around the countryside. But the last sighting was ten years before-when Joshua claimed to be learning great secrets from the gypsies that would one day astound the whole world.

Mrs. Rodd travels to Oxford and begins to search for the wandering scholar. But as she investigates, Mrs. Rodd discovers something dark-and extremely dangerous-lurking in the beautiful English countryside.

For readers of James Runcie, Alexander McCall Smith, and M. C. Beaton, Laetitia Rodd and the Mystery of the Wandering Scholar is a delightful new mystery about Victorian England and an indomitable female detective.

Praise For Laetitia Rodd and the Case of the Wandering Scholar (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery)

“[An] excellent sequel to 2016's The Secrets of Wishtide . . . Saunders's exquisite prose and patient storytelling build a convincing Victorian voice, while Mrs. Robb's shrewd, energetic narration adds further appeal to the rich depiction of 19th-century landscapes and attitudes. Mainstream readers who appreciate Victorian fiction will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Totally beguiling read.” — Booklist, starred review

“Thanks to the author’s skill, the plot is tight, the scenario plausible, and the narrative tidy and intelligent, conveyed with a wry undertone throughout.” - The New York Journal of Books

“With a well-crafted plot, an engaging protagonist, and astute nods to the literature and theological squabbles of the period, this is a perfect novel for a summer afternoon.” —The Guardian

“Charmingly written, combining nods to manners of the time with a bit of modern sass.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Intelligence, humour and the fine drawing of character make reading this novel a rich experience. Saunders’ knowledge of the period and its network of clergy and rectories that held much of the countryside together makes this an interesting and rewarding read." - Historical Novel Society

“A Dickensian glow pervades this immensely satisfying novel. Hugely enjoyable.” —James Runcie, author of The Grantchester Mysteries, about THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE

“Kate Saunders immerses us in Victorian England in this delightful new series. You'll love Laetitia Rodd and her charming cohorts as they unravel an intriguing tangle of mysteries to save the innocent and punish the guilty. I couldn't put it down!” —Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, about THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE

“Readers who relish the puzzle of a well-done Victorian-set mystery with a resourceful female detective will take pleasure in this series launch.” —Library Journal, starred review, THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE

“Saunders launches a well-written series with all the hallmarks of a classic British cozy.” —Kirkus Reviews, THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE

“[A] lively series debut.” —Publishers Weekly, THE SECRETS OF WISHTIDE

"This series is fantastic. Every character leaps off the page, and I could not put it down" - Tulsa Book Review

Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781632868398, 384pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

About the Author

KATE SAUNDERS is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Washington Post. She is a founder of the Legal Research Group and was active in the campaign for Harry Wu's release.