Four historical cozy mysteries in a bargain-priced box set… Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling, the Mary MacDougall Mysteries delve deeply into the world of the early 1900s and paint the portrait of an unconventional young woman ever ready to defy propriety for the sake of justice.
It's the beginning of the 20th century and Mary MacDougall has a ridiculously improbable dream—to become a consulting detective. As a young lady of means, though, she must not only go against social conventions, but her wealthy, stubborn father, as well. It won't be easy.
Join Mary on her first four adventures, as she solves a series of daunting mysteries and falls head over heels for a most unsuitable suitor.
In the novella A Pretty Little Plot Mary takes on her first case, a double kidnapping. Did the handsome painting instructor abduct the two young women? Or was he framed? It falls to Mary to save him—or condemn him to years in prison.
The novella The Stolen Star finds Mary busy with volunteer work for a Christmas charity concert. But when a priceless sapphire worn by the evening's headliner goes missing, it's up to Mary to unravel the wickedly clever theft.
In A Daughter's Doubt a young mother believes her own mother was poisoned by her hated stepfather, in far-off northern Michigan. The local authorities there say it was cholera. Mary happens to be planning a holiday on nearby Mackinaw Island. She agrees to look into the matter, but it isn't long before things go seriously sideways.
The first cases Mary's new detective agency accepts in A Fatal Fondness hardly seem to portend danger or significance. There's the affair of the nicked napkin rings…the problem of the purloined pocket watch...and the matter of the four filched felines. Mary and her new sidekick—her cousin Jeanette—haven't the slightest notion that one of these little matters will blow up into the most consequential and perilous case of her budding career. What begins in triviality mushrooms into disappearance, betrayal, international intrigue, and murder.