The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery) (Hardcover)
From internationally bestselling author Kate Saunders, a delightful new cozy mystery that finds detective Laetitia Rodd entangled in the shocking world of the Victorian theater.
In the spring of 1853, private detective Laetitia Rodd receives a delicate request from a retired actor, whose days on the stage were ended by a theater fire ten years before. His great friend, and the man he rescued from the fire, Thomas Transome, has decided to leave his wife, who now needs assistance in securing a worthy settlement. Though Mrs. Rodd is reluctant to get involved with the scandalous world of the theater, she cannot turn away the woman in need. She agrees to take the case.
But what starts out as a simple matter of negotiation becomes complicated when a body is discovered in the burnt husk of the old theater. Soon Mrs. Rodd finds herself embroiled in family politics, rivalries that put the Capulets and Montagues to shame, and betrayals on a Shakespearean scale. Mrs. Rodd will need all her investigatory powers, not to mention her famous discretion, to solve the case before tragedy strikes once more.
For readers of the Grantchester Mysteries, The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden is the charming third mystery in Kate Saunders' series about Laetitia Rodd, the indomitable lady detective.
“The respectable Mrs. Rodd must rise above her natural qualms about keeping low company by investigating a case involving that near-final rung of Victorian society--actors . . . the real appeal here comes with the details Saunders supplies about gaslit Victorian theaters and a family that plays Romeo and Juliet both on and offstage.” —Booklist
“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 on LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR
“Saunders's third Laetitia Rodd cozy mystery ... finds the respectable widow immersed in the scandalous world of 1853 London theater ... [a] cozy historical.” —Literary Journal
“Totally beguiling read.” —Booklist, Starred Review on LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR
“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 Book on LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR
“Charmingly written, combining nods to manners of the time with a bit of modern sass.” —Kirkus Reviews on LAETITIA RODD AND THE CASE OF THE WANDERING SCHOLAR