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Mary Louise Solves a Mystery

Mary Louise Solves a Mystery by L. Frank Baum
By: (1856-1919)

The Bluebird Books is a series of novels popular with teenage girls in the 1910s and 1920s. The series was begun by L. Frank Baum using his Edith Van Dyne pseudonym, then continued by at least three others, all using the same pseudonym. Baum wrote the first four books in the series, possibly with help from his son, Harry Neal Baum, on the third.

The books are concerned with adolescent girl detectives— a concept Baum had experimented with earlier, in The Daring Twins (1911) and Phoebe Daring (1912). The Bluebird series began with Mary Louise, originally written as a tribute to Baum’s favorite sister, Mary Louise Baum Brewster. Baum’s publisher, Reilly & Britton, rejected that manuscript, apparently judging the heroine too independent. Baum wrote a new version of the book; the original manuscript is lost.

The title character is Mary Louise Burrows. In this, the third book of the series, Mary Louise and her Grandfather happen upon a mysterious pair of Americans whilst travelling in Italy. Jason Jones is a failed artist, and his companion is his daughter, Alora, an heiress. When the girl is kidnapped, truths stemming back to the time of her parents’ marriage are brought to light by Mary Louise and her friend Josie O’Gorman.

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Transcriber's note:

The original book contained two chapters numbered XI, each with a different title. Both appeared in the table of contents, listed as Chapters X and XI. The real Chapter X, entitled "Mere Speculation," was not included in the table of contents. In this e text the Table of Contents has been corrected to include the real Chapter X and to reflect the fact that the book has two Chapters numbered XI.

MARY LOUISE SOLVES A MYSTERY

by Edith Van Dyne Author of "Aunt Jane's Nieces Series"

Frontispiece by Anna B. Mueller

[Illustration: frontispiece]

The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago

Copyright, 1917 by The Reilly & Britton Co.

Mary Louise Solves a Mystery

CONTENTS

I DOCTOR AND PATIENT II MOTHER AND DAUGHTER III ALORA'S FATHER IV ALORA'S NEW LIFE V IN THE STUDIO VI FLITTING VII MARY LOUISE INTRUDES VIII MARY LOUISE MEETS ALORA IX MARY LOUISE SCENTS A MYSTERY X... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 1, 2015
Subject: Mary Louise Solves a Mystery
Good light entertainment, short chapters, well narrated.
Reviewer: - May 27, 2014
Subject: Review
Loved the book and the narration! Great job Sevilla! On to the next one... :0)


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