Mary Louise Solves a Mystery


Read by Sibella Denton

(4.6 stars; 50 reviews)

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. (Summary by Wikipedia and Sibella Denton)

(4 hr 10 min)

Chapters

01 - Doctor and Patient 17:28 Read by Sibella Denton
02 - Mother and Daughter 5:55 Read by Sibella Denton
03 - Alora's Father 8:04 Read by Sibella Denton
04 - Alora's New Life 11:03 Read by Sibella Denton
05 - In the Studio 11:53 Read by Sibella Denton
06 - Flitting 9:18 Read by Sibella Denton
07 - Mary Louise Intrudes 8:01 Read by Sibella Denton
08 - Mary Louise Meets Alora 7:37 Read by Sibella Denton
09 - Mary Louise Scents a Mystery 3:56 Read by Sibella Denton
10 - Mere Speculation 5:27 Read by Sibella Denton
11 - Alora Speaks Frankly 10:33 Read by Sibella Denton
12 - Jason Jones is Frightened 9:05 Read by Sibella Denton
13 - Silvio's Gold 2:58 Read by Sibella Denton
14 - Dorfield 8:51 Read by Sibella Denton
15 - Home Again 4:41 Read by Sibella Denton
16 - The Puzzle becomes Intricate 16:39 Read by Sibella Denton
17 - Alora Wins Her Way 7:50 Read by Sibella Denton
18 - The Disappearance, pt 1 12:20 Read by Sibella Denton
19 - The Disappearance, pt 2 12:54 Read by Sibella Denton
20 - On the Trail 13:42 Read by Sibella Denton
21 - Decoyed 8:20 Read by Sibella Denton
22 - Janet's Triumph 7:37 Read by Sibella Denton
23 - The Price of Liberty 3:44 Read by Sibella Denton
24 - A Compromise 6:12 Read by Sibella Denton
25 - Mary Louise has an Intuition 11:28 Read by Sibella Denton
26 - An Interruption 7:21 Read by Sibella Denton
27 - Jason Jones 5:56 Read by Sibella Denton
28 - What Mary Louise Accomplished 12:00 Read by Sibella Denton

Reviews

good mystery

(5 stars)

young girls who love a mystery will certainly love this one

(5 stars)

Another great adventure for Mary Louise and company. Great reading!

(4 stars)

This one, though predictable, left me angry at the end.