to be published September 13, 2016
I was given this book by the Amazon Vine program in return for an honest review.
This is the first mystery in a projected series about Victorian widow Letty Rudd. Her brother Fred, a successful barrister, occasionally provides Letty with investigative jobs that are better suited to a genteel touch than to your typical police detective. In this case, influential Sir James Calderstone hires Letty to ferret out the past of his son's inappropriate love interest. What begins as a simple probe into a woman's life takes a serious turn, and Letty becomes involved in a quadruple murder.
Saunders is a polished writer, and this novel was immensely readable. It was told in the first person, in Letty's voice, in a light-hearted, but still very Victorian, tone. The characters were immediately likable, as well as fleshed out and believable. The plot was just convoluted enough to be enjoyable, but with the right amount of clues for the reader can solve the mystery along with Letty.
Overall, I was impressed with the Secrets of Wishtide and I look forward to the next in the series.