The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden

The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden

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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 Saunder's series about Laetitia Rodd, the indomitable lady detective.

Title:The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden
ISBN:9781408866924
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    The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden Reviews

  • Barbara

    In this 3rd book in the Laetitia Rodd series, the private detective investigates the death of a thespian. The book works fine as a standalone.*****In the mid-19th century Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, needing a...

  • Darlene

    Letitia Rodd, minister's widow and private detective, is pulled into the unsavory world of stage actors to help a scorned wife receive a fair divorce settlement and lands in the middle of a murder inv...

  • Barb in Maryland

    Meh...I was not happy with this book--too many unpleasant characters, for one thing. I found it hard to really care who killed whom. Plus, Laetitia was really off her game for most of the book, and he...

  • Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden was a fun little mystery to jump into. Even though I jumped out of order, I still enjoyed t...

  • Kathy

    The third in the Laetitia Rodd series, and I have read them all. I was not as delighted with this latest book as the focus was theater and things got very dramatic. I still find Laetitia and her broth...

  • Chantel

    This story follows Laetitia Rodd is an established second instalment of her case as a private detective in 1853 England. The reader is exposed to a dreary & dark scene wherein the complicated relation...

  • Melissa

    3.5 StarsThis is the 3rd in the series of the Laetitia Rodd Mysteries. This is my first read in the series, and I think it went fine as a stand-alone, though the first two might explain more of how Mr...

  • Susan in NC

    Not a favorite in the series for me - too much deception by the suspects, went on too long, and the deep, dark family secret was obvious to me from about halfway through the book. The blurb is right e...

  • Andree

    3.5 stars. This is an interesting mystery that centres around a family of actors who own a theatre. I continue to enjoy Mrs. Rodd as detective aided by Inspector Blackbeard (their dynamic is fun). It ...

  • Irene Michlin

    I liked this book less than the first two. Those had plausible hooks for a lady detective to be involved (the lack of which ruins most attempts at 19th century settings). By the time this third novel ...