In the second installment of Maclean's Louisa May Alcott series, Louisa and her family leave their Boston home to spend the summer in Walpole, New Hampshire, where Louisa's Uncle Benjamin lives.

But their idyllic New England retreat is marred by the death of a local Swedish laborer, who was apparently pushed from a cliff. Louisa investigates and soon discovers nothing is as it seems in this quiet community. Then another body turns up.

The residents of Walpole are quirky and unique, from the gruff Dr. Burroughs to store owner Mr. Tupper. And Louisa notices that her uncle is attracted to Tupper's daughter-in-law, Ida, whose husband has been sus-piciously absent for months.

Maclean's latest cozy is entertaining and has a fascinating mystery and a healthy dose of humor. The author's attention to historical detail adds realism and depth to this page-turner. (Apr., 288 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick