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Louisa and the Missing Heiress: The First Louisa May Alcott Mystery Paperback – June 7, 2011
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This was an extremely well written, well researched book. Louisa really came to life as a character, as did the rest of her family, especially her mother, Abba. The time period also came to life through the book. The mystery itself was well plotted, and the identity of the murderer unexpected.
I'm looking forward to more books in this series.
Written with the precision and skill of her historical novels, Jean Mackin creates a minor masterpiece in her debut as Anna Maclean, mystery writer. The plot winds itself in and around pre-Civil War Boston with the beauty and complexity of a Medieval tapestry. The story is entangled with numerous characters functioning on many levels, often seeming to contradict themselves, leading us down many blind alleys. I must admit I could not put this book down. Just when I thought I had figured out who the guilty party was I discovered some new reason why they did not do it. The ending is quite a surprise. If you are looking for an entertaining historical mystery, and value good writing, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Her friend Dorothy Brownly Wortham is recently returned from her travels in Europe after her wedding to Preston. Louisa and her friend Sylvia Shattuck have been invited to Dorothy's for tea. Also in attendance are Dorothy's twin sisters Edith and Sarah, their brother Edgar, and their aunt Alfreda Thorney. Unfortunately the one person missing is Dorothy. After waiting for quite a while, she arrives. She says that tea was for tomorrow, not today. She won't say where she's been. She seems quite distraught and asks everyone to come back tomorrow for tea. She asks Louisa to arrive a little early so that they may talk.
Louisa is distressed and determined to arrive early to find out what is wrong with Dorothy.
The next day, Dorothy is once again missing. After everyone arrives, Constable Cobban of the Boston Watch and Police arrives to announce that Dorothy had drowned. Her dog Lily was found drowned with her.
Louisa and Sylvia attend the autopsy but it proves to be too much for Sylvia and they leave. Louisa is determined to find out how and why Dorothy was murdered. Yes, it was murder.
Louisa ends up putting herself in danger and bringing gossip upon her name in her quest to find the murderer.
While historical mysteries are not my favorite, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun having a famous author do the sleuthing. I thought I was well written and the characters were so well developed that I had trouble figuring out who did it. That always makes it a good mystery in my eyes.
I look forward to reading more books with Louisa doing the sleuthing. I recommend this book.
She is excited about seeing her friend Dot Wortham's home after a year long honeymoon in Europe. Dot noticeably upset asks Louisa to meet with her tomorrow at a tea party. The next day Louisa May learns that her friend's body was found floating in the Charles River. Bruises around her throat and injuries to her head lead the police to believe she was murdered by her husband who society thinks married Dot for her money. Louisa is more attuned to the behavioral nuances of the families of Dot and her husband and thinks the killer is still at large. Wanting justice to be served, she starts her own investigation and almost ends up as the killer's next victim.
LOUISA AND THE MISSING HEIRESS is a charming amateur sleuth novel that will appeal to fans of historical cozies. Anna Maclean brings the 1850's in Boston to life and readers see how even in the North the social issue of slavery permeates the culture. The heroine is charming, intelligent and independent, a woman who knows what she wants and will work to obtain it. This is the first installment in what looks to be a delightful new mystery series starring a totally wonder protagonist.
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Interesting but one of those all the sudden solved endings.Published on July 4, 2014 by Constance Rawa
This is a fun read for all ages especially if any of you have read Little Women or any other of Louisa May Alcott stories. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by It's Raining Books
The concept of this book was wonderful - Louisa May Alcott, a detective? How exciting. I did enjoy this book, but on a very shallow level - the whole thing was very prettily... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Red
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Journey back to Boston circa 1887 for a historical mystery starring Louisa May Alcott before she became famous. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Nancy J. Cohen
"Louisa and the Missing Heiress" is a historical mystery set in 1854 in Boston. The title is misleading since the heiress in question was never really missing, just late to tea... Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by Debbie
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