A 15-year-old Emily Dickinson stars in the first novel in an intriguing series from MacColl (Prisoners in the Palace, 2010) that recasts famous literary figures as detectives. Growing up in 1845 Amherst, Mass., Emily resents a life of chores that will surely lead to her becoming a housewife. Then she meets "Mr. Nobody," a handsome traveler who seems to understand her in a way that her family and town do not. But before a romance can begin, he turns up dead in her family's pond, and the budding poet is sure that he was a victim of foul play. Suspecting murder, Emily sets out to solve the case, almost becoming a victim herself!