With her nose in mystery novels and crime memoirs, Mary MacDougall dreams of bringing villains to justice-despite the disapproval of her wealthy father and almost everyone she knows. A Mary MacDougall Duet features the two cases that establish her as a force to be reckoned with.
In the first novella, A Pretty Little Plot, Mary's painting instructor is charged with kidnapping two of his students. She not only uncovers the hidden facts of the case, she discovers secrets deep in her own heart. Mary MacDougall is not as immune to the laws of attraction as she had thought. Her imprisoned teacher has awakened a longing within her. Will she help to exonerate him? Or condemn him to prison?
The second novella, The Stolen Star, follows Mary as she unpeels layers of deceit and duplicity in her hometown of Duluth. It's the holiday season and Mary is volunteering for the 1901 Gala Christmas Musicale, starring the opera diva Josie Borrell. But when the Star of the North sapphire that Josie wears onstage goes missing, all eyes turn to the singer and her retinue.
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Dollycas’s Thoughts The first thing I have to say is that I am so impressed with Mary MacDougall. A strong, vibrant, young lady who knows what she wants and strives to get it. These books are set in a time when women of Mary’s age and status are mainly looking for a husband. Mary is not afraid to say she has no desire for marriage, at least at the moment. She wants a career, she wants to be a detective. Well, we see in both of these stories she has a keen mind and is on her way to reaching her dreams. Mary MacDougall is a woman before her time. In A Pretty Little Plot, Mary is taking a painting class with several other ladies taught by Mr. Edmond Roy. They all seem to be enjoying the class until 2 of the students go missing. From the evidence the teacher becomes the prime suspect but Mary doesn’t believe he could have kidnapped these women. She pursues an investigation on her own. While she does this she finds she may just have romantic feeling for her teacher. First she must prove his innocence and then worry about her heart. The author paints a grand little mystery with his words. He brings history to life with a fresh voice. The journey Mary takes to solve the crime seems very believable for that time and place. She sifts through the clues and puts them together quite quickly. In The Stolen Star, Mary meets opera diva, Josie Borrell, when she makes an appearance in town. The diva as been asked to wear a valuable sapphire necklace for her performance. The next day we find the jewel is missing. Mary confirms it was placed back into the box after the performance so it had to have gone missing after it was returned to its owner. Again Mary very methodically solves the mystery. But the mystery of her heart is still up in the air as Edmond Roy returns but he has not come alone. Being short novellas does not take anything away from either of these stories. I was engaged by the characters and the mysteries while not complex were very entertaining. Mary is a character I want to get to know better and one I will remember for a long time.