Louisa and the Missing Heiress by Anna Maclean

By Anna Maclean

Lengthy ahead of she is going to in achieving reputation because the writer of Little girls, Louisa might Alcott is writing tales of a extra darkish and mysterious nature. yet not anything prepares her for the position of beginner detective she assumes while the physique of her pricey pal, filthy rich newlywed Dorothy Wortham, is located floating in Boston's harbor. it is renowned that Dorothy's kinfolk did not approve of her husband, a proven fortune hunter, yet Louisa suspects that a few deeper mystery lies in the back of her friend's tragic murder...

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Except, of course, last year Dot wasn’t married yet. I have invited her and Mr. Wortham for dinner next Sunday, by the way. ” Abba nodded. “Sunday . . Louy, your father will be here, so it will be vegetables, but I could make a cake for us,” Abba mused. “It isn’t like Dottie, though, to miss a tea. ” “I know. Something is wrong, I fear. She has asked me to come back tomorrow, before the others. ” “Perhaps she and Mr. Wortham aren’t getting along. I hope she doesn’t discover this marriage was a mistake.

I considered following Shakespeare, knowing that my heroine would be as enticing with whatever name God gave her, until I realized that, surely, no reader would become entranced with the lady’s plight were she named Maud or Jo. “Josephine won’t do,” I said. “People would be calling her Jo, and this woman is most definitely not a Jo. Jo is a homespun name, tomboyish and striving, not given over to frivolity or melodrama. This woman needs a name that is more Italianate, more romantic. Beatrice. Yes, that’s it.

I am so sorry. Perhaps you will come again tomorrow . . I have a present for you, from Venice. ” “Well, dear niece, if you insist. ” “Hat? Why is everyone going on about hats? Of course I won’t. Tea tomorrow, at three. All of you. ” And that offhand “you, too” indicated a certain lack of affection between brother and sister. Without, I hope, in any way condoning coldness in the family, I could not help but wonder who could blame Dorothy for preferring tea parties without her brother in attendance?

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