The Dead Letter (1866) is a novel by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor. The story starts with Henry Moreland's dead body found very close to the house of his engaged darling's father. The suspect of the murder seeks help of a famous detective to find evidence that he is innocent in the case. The fascinating crime fiction follows the eventful investigation, and the mystery is cleared with a bright ending. The story also provides an excellent historical background to the Reconstruction Era.