A fictitious girl tells the story of a real (and new to me) murder in the Adirondacks in the early 20th century. Told through the victim's real life love letters, and Mattie's deductions, it's not a whodunnit account at all, but a coming of age story and a lesson in being true to yourself. It's a great precursor to Donnelly's Revolution, which is told with a bit more finesse, but I liked it just as much. Mattie is self-sacrificing, young, intelligent and loyal. And like so many women of her era, forced to choose between the harsh realities of motherhood and homemaking and keeping her family or college and and books and bettering herself.