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Louisa and the Missing Heiress: The First Louisa May Alcott Mystery

Louisa and the Missing Heiress: The First Louisa May Alcott Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Anna Maclean

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Long before she will achieve fame as the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott is writing stories of a more dark and mysterious nature. But nothing prepares her for the role of amateur detective she assumes when the body of her dear friend, wealthy newlywed Dorothy Wortham, is found floating in Boston's harbor.

It's well known that Dorothy's family didn't approve of her husband, a confirmed fortune hunter, but Louisa suspects that some deeper secret lies behind her friend's tragic murder...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451211790
  • Publisher: NAL (7 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LRPDM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing New Series 31 Aug 2004
By drebbles - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this first book of a promising new series, Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, tells readers of a time in her past when she helped solve a murder mystery. Shortly after going to a tea party where her friend, Dorothy Brownly Wortham, acts strangely, Dorothy is murdered. Dorothy had told Louisa she wanted to speak to her, but was killed before she had a chance to. Louisa is determined to find out how and why Dorothy was murdered.

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite Becomes a New Sleuth 11 Jun 2004
By Sidney Grayling - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A new sleuth has arrived on the scene, the author Louisa May Alcott. Ms. Alcott was known to have written a few thrillers herself when not writing things like "Little Women." Anna Maclean has gone back and recreated this aspect of Louisa's life with amazing fidelity; however Ms. Alcott does not just write mysteries, but also solves them.
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Author Louisa May Alcott goes sleuthing 9 April 2004
By Dawn Dowdle - Published on
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The time is 1854. Louisa May Alcott is 22. Yes, this is the Louisa who later writes Little Women and goes on to become a famous author. In this book she does the sleuthing.
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful new mystery series 6 April 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although they are as poor as can be, they live in an exclusive section of Boston so Louisa May Alcott and her family mingle with people of high society. Her father doesn't earn much money and the family's work with the Abolitionists and the underground puts the Alcotts in danger yet they are a close group bound by love. In her early twenties Louisa May wants to be a writer.
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.
Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and True To Louisa! 31 July 2014
By CelticWomanFanPiano - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I must say, I love everything to do with The Alcotts. I've even toured the Orchard House, the Alcott home in Concord. And I've done extensive reading of the Alcotts, from biographies to letters written by her. And I must say, I thought this book really captured the environment of the Alcotts splendidly. Often times the influence of Abba is overlooked in Louisa's life, but this book really brings to light the dynamics of the Alcott household and just what a solidifying force Abba was for Louisa and her self-development. This is the first book in this "Louisa May Alcott" mystery series. Since we know they aren't actually written by Miss Alcott, what is so marvelous is that the author borrows from Miss Alcott's "blood and thunder" stories that she wrote prior to becoming a well known author with Little Women and interweaves elements from them and of course the heroine of Little Women, Josephine (Jo), to make this absolutely believable and gripping mystery series. This book is written from the point of view of "Louisa" herself and really brings to life all of the issue consciousness of the Alcott's and the mindset of the upper class Boston society of the mid-eighteen hundreds. The mystery is well done and well developed, involving the unfortunate demise of a true friend of Louisa's. I shan't reveal too much, but reading this book will be an evening or two or three very well spent!
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