“Heiress spinster Martha Beale is drawn into the investigation of the disappearance of young Theodora Crowther, daughter of a Philadelphia society family, by Constable Thomas Kelman, Marthas secret suitor. Kelmans upbringing was very humble and society would frown on a match between the two. Theodora was engaged to be married at the time of her disappearance and when her fiance is missing, the question is asked if this could be an elopement or abduction. Strange circumstance such as burglaries done by young boys coming down the chimneys, a ransom note that doesn’t tell how to deliver the money, and the relationship between Martha and her adopted children contribute to the mystery. Set in 1842 before there were established police departments, this mystery portrays the difficulty of life for the very poor and for women.
MYSTERY BIDDLE ”