LOUISA AND THE MISSING HEIRESS
This mystery has Louisa May Alcott as a detective, set before she became the famous writer of Little Women. Anna Maclean is a the pen name for Jeanne Mackin, a journalist and writer of historical novels. This is a quiet book, firmly cozy although there is violence and danger. But the mystery is hard to solve, and the historical details are interesting, well researched and often funny. A deep feel for the city of Boston, the complications of society and the early police force all add interest to the mystery.
When Louisa’s friend, the newly wed Dorothy Wortham, comes back from a year’s honeymoon abroad she is a changed woman. Her marriage created bitter feelings in her family since many view her husband as a fortune hunter. When she is murdered, he is the first suspect. But Louisa is determined to find the truth behind the secret in Dorothy’s past and who murdered her friend. (OBSIDIAN, Jun., 336 pp., $14.00.)