Secret Letters

Secret Letters

by Leah Scheier


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ISBN-13: 9781423124054
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 06/26/2012
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Leah Scheier is a pediatrician who spends her free time writing, playing the violin, and volunteering. She, her husband, and three children divide their time between Maryland and Israel. This is her first novel.

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Secret Letters 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much!!! It had the same wit and banter that the Sherlock Holmes novels all had, and you can tell the author really took the effort to make the novel pick up that same deductive edge. I thought that Dora is a great character who believes that she is Holmes' daughter and has worked for years honing her detective skills. The mystery really keeps you into the book and I always have loved books set in that time period in England. If you like mysteries and love a spunky girl who isnt afraid to go out on her own, this is the perfect book for you!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Secret Letters was an amazing and interesting book. I loved the Dora and Peter, and their conversations. The mystery was very interesting and had many twists especially in the end. This book had everthing I like in books interesting plot and character, mystery, England, and much more. I reallly realllly hope there will more books after this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO GOOD! This story keeps you guessing and does not disappoint in any way! One of my favorite books. PLEASE do yourself a favor and get this book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 20 days ago
This was an exciting and entertaining historical mystery. Dora Joyce is sixteen and being raised in the house of an aunt. Her parents died of cholera but, before she passed away, her mother confessed that her father was the famous Sherlock Holmes. Dora became fascinated by the stories about him in the newspaper and became interested in meeting him and becoming a detective herself. Unfortunately, well-bred Victorian girls didn't have that as a career option. Her interest in detection just made her odd. But, when an older cousin confesses that she is being blackmailed because of some indiscreet letters she wrote before her marriage, Dora seizes the opportunity to meet Sherlock Holmes and investigate.Cousin Adelaide and Dora travel to London but Dora meets a severe setback. As soon as she arrives she learns that Sherlock Holmes has perished in an accident in Switzerland. She almost faints and is rescued by seventeen-year-old Peter Cartwright who knew Holmes and who now works for another detective. Cousin Adelaide consults with the new detective and Dora is determined to be part of the investigation. When she "accidentally" leaves her purse behind she has an excuse to visit again. During that visit she overhears Lord Hartfield consult with the detectives about his missing daughter. Things happen and Dora finds herself at Hartfield's home posing as a scullery maid to try to find out who is blackmailing her cousin and what happened to Hartfield's daughter. There are lots of exciting happenings and lots of banter between Peter Cartwright and Dora. Peter and Dora work together and manage to solve both cases.I think what I liked most about this mystery was to whole setting. I was really immersed in the Victorian mindset. Watching Dora try to work within the system made me immensely glad that I live in the 21st Century. Watching women hide their real selves from men and watching men treat women as rather helpless children was realistic to the time period but annoying to this modern woman. I recommend this story to both mystery readers and readers who enjoy historical fiction. I don't know if a sequel is planned but, if not, I will still be thinking about a possible future for both Peter and Dora.
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing 20 days ago
Prior to this year, I had never read a book about a plucky female heroine who bucks her Victorian Age traditions and tries to solve mysteries on her own. But that's been rectified, first with A Spy in the House, and then Wrapped, and now Secret Letters. While there are definite similarities between the three books, the mysteries and characters were all different enough that I wasn't nitpicking those likenesses or really comparing the three. If you're looking for historical accuracy in terms of girls not dressing as boys or going out without a chaperon, then Secret Letters is probably your best bet, although there were still some moments where I needed to suspend my disbelief.Secret Letters tells the story of Dora, who has found out that she's actually the daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes. When her cousin's secret love letters to a past music tutor turn up missing and the focus of a blackmail scheme, Dora travels with Adelaide to London to seek out the expertise of said famous detective, but when circumstances conspire to keep them from meeting him, they fall in with another detective and his handsome assistant, Peter Cartwright. When it becomes apparent that Adelaide's letters are also tied up in the mystery of a missing heiress, Cartwright decides to have Dora go undercover as a scullery maid in an earl's home to suss out the truth. And that's the bit that required me to suspend my disbelief a bit, because Dora has been raised as a proper lady (even though she notices far too much for said propriety), and working as a scullery maid could damage her reputation beyond repair. But Dora is a willing participant in this plan, because she fancies herself a bit of an amateur detective, and also because she wants to retrieve Adelaide's letters (plus, you know, Peter kind of showed her up and she wants to get a bit of her own back).I couldn't help but love Dora. She is inquisitive, intelligent, and willing to break away from tradition a bit in terms of her actions. She also has a kind heart, although she can be kind of thoughtlessly cruel, and even more cruel when she means to be. I particularly enjoyed the scenes where she's at the earl's home pretending to be a scullery maid, for she gets into some tight spots and actually does some things that could have gotten her cover blown. But this is where her creativity and cleverness shine through, because she figures out ways to get the information she needs, even if she can't put two and two together right away. And anyone who winds up dancing on a bartop and singing bawdy songs at the top of her lungs can't be all bad, right?There is a bit of romance in the book between Dora and Peter, but it was well-paced and actually more of an antagonistic-type relationship, which I'm not always a fan of but worked well here, mostly because Dora is just so headstrong. I liked watching them work together and the ways they tried to figure each other out. They both had incredible wit and charm, and made me laugh several times over. Plus there are hints that Peter has had to deal with some type of tragedy, and while you do find out what it is at the end, he played the whole "wounded hero trying to hide his pain behind a humorous exterior" quite well.While I enjoyed this book, it wasn't perfect. The mystery is solid, but I'd guessed the villain about midway through, although not the motivations. And also, the whole deal with Adelaide's letters is never exactly explained, which, considering that this is the whole reason why Dora initially gets involved, it would have been nice to have some sort of wrap-up with that. There's also a bit of a Scooby Doo-ish reveal in which the truth comes out, which was a bit over the top for me personally. But Dora's adventures and the relationship with Peter definitely saved it enough for me to give the book four solid stars.If you like your historical fiction a bit more historical with less girls dressing as boys and running amok in
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book is a wonderful mystery read and I loved it. I would have loved if the ending was a little bit better and I would love for a second novel. A WONDERFUL BOOK TO READ!!!
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