1909 CRIME ADVENTURE ABDUCTION IN CUERNAVACA MEXICO IN THE SHADOW OF THE PEAKS

IN THE SHADOW
OF THE PEAKS

A NOVEL

BY
STATA B. COUCH

THE SCENES OF WHICH ARE LAID IN THE VALLEY OF
CUERNAVACA, MEXICO

LONDON :
GREENING & Co, LTD.
1909

Little is known about the female author of this scarce novel. Statira Buckner Hartz 1854-1934 was a Canadian born American who married her second husband, Edward H. Couch in about 1896.

A contemporary review of the novel states :

This tale of adventure in Mexico is written in a very readable manner, but with a carless misuse of English idiom, that can only be explained on the supposition that the writer's acquaintance with the Spanish language has impaired her knowledge of her own tongue. The heroine of the story, Hazel Cowley, is a young American girl who has come with her parents and elder sister to stay for a time in the old city, Cuernavaca, where they engage a Spanish tutor. There is no clear reason why the wealthiest and most influential man in the country should wish to spend his time teaching two young girls a smattering of his language, but it is 'necessary' to the story that he should do so, for almost immediately he kidnaps Hazel, with whom he has fallen violently in love, and carries her off to his ranch, intending to keep her there until she returns his love. The family take this
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