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Louisa and the Missing Heiress
by Anna MacLean


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780451233240
  • ISBN-10: 0451233247
  • Publisher: New American Library
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 319
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.16 x 5.57 x 0.71 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds

Series: Louisa May Alcott Mystery #1

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

Originally published in 2004 and set in 1854 Boston, Maclean's well-crafted first Louisa May Alcott Mystery finds the 22-year-old budding author teaching children in her home while writing lurid, "blood-and-thunder" stories in her attic. Louisa, who has little interest in the courting rituals so important to her friends and other young women, is content to help her tireless mother around the house, listen to her philosopher father's "radical" ideas, and tend to the unfortunate at the Charles Street Home for Unwed Girls. Louisa's routine is disrupted by the disappearance of her childhood friend, heiress Dorothy "Dot" Brownly Wortham, who's recently returned from an extended honeymoon and is later found floating in Boston Harbor. When the police arrest Dot's husband, rakish Preston Wortham, as the sole suspect in his wife's death, feisty Louisa launches her own covert investigation to prove Preston innocent. Well-developed characters complement the authentic period setting. (June)

 
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