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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

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by 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

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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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Publishers Weekly
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101515549
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Louisa May Alcott Mystery , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
701,734
File size:
375 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Your favorite author takes on a life of her own, and proves to be a smart, courageous sleuth...
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Meet the Author

Anna Maclean is the pseudonym of an award-winning journalist and the author of several historical novels.


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Louisa and the Missing Heiress: The First Louisa May Alcott Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PearsonOldmitz More than 1 year ago
This is a reissue, in trade paperback, of a book originally published in 2004. Upon rereading the book I see that my opinion has not changed, in fact I enjoyed the book even more the second time around when, knowing the plot, I could concentrated on the author's rich prose style. The new format makes the book even easier to read, and the new cover design is more appealing than the previous one. The publisher is still Penguin but the book is now out under the Obsidian imprint. The New York Review of Books calls it: "A historically accurate and entertaining mystery series." The two other volumes will be reissued in the coming months. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Also all this series in s.c. print. Surprising it catches the morels of this era very well. You must remenber that her family was very much involved with what today was social service despite their own poverty and were eccentric to the point where she had to take up the support of her whole family even after two sisters married she then had a widowed sister nephews and then Amys child to support and raise. in her own time she saw more of the harsh side than the male writers of that time hawthorn emerson etc page counter
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Louisa and the Missing Heiress: The First Louisa May Alcott Mystery takes place in Boston in 1854 long before Louisa gains the fame from her book Little Women. Back then she was writing a children's book and "blood and thunder" mysteries. Her father was a philosopher and would never approve of her literary pursuits. Her mother was a very frugal woman but very independent. The family followed some very risky pursuits for the time. But the life she was leading in no way prepared her for the death of her friend, Dottie, a young newlywed, barely home from a year long trip abroad. She was clearly changed when she returned. Louisa was trying to find a way to spend time with her friend to determine what had caused this change, but she was too late. Dottie was found dead in the Boston Harbor. Accident... suicide... no it was murder. Suddenly Louisa feels as if she has been thrust into one of her mystery writings and she needs to find out who killed her friend and why. There are definitely many secrets and strange happenings. Louisa must sleuth out the truth before she falls victim herself. My Thoughts I really enjoyed this story. Stories behind the scenes of any famous person are always fun. It appears to be pretty historically accurate and reads much like something written my Louisa May Alcott herself. She was definitely one of my favorite authors while growing up. Maclean takes us effortlessly back in time with a great mystery plot and true to the facts characters. It is books like this the remind us of authors who wrote wonderful classics and brings them back to life for yet another generation of readers. The next book in this delightful series, Louisa and the Country Bachelor will be released October 4, 2011. I venture to say that after reading these stories you will probably feel like rereading some of Alcott's classics or reading them for the first time if you haven't before. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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, who is finally home after a year long honeymoon in Europe. Dot is noticeably upset and 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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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 which 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, who is finally home after a year-long honeymoon in Europe. Dot is noticeably upset and asks Louisa May 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 reprint of a charming amateur sleuth novel that will appeal to fans of historical cozies. Anna Maclean brings the 1850s 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 first installment is a delightful new mystery series starring a totally wonderful protagonist. Harriet Klausner