The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
If you are susceptible to Miss Marple and Harriet Vane you must read The Adventures of Maud West. You will never know the difference between fact and fiction again. Jill Paton Walsh, author of the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries
Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her...more
If you enjoy historical biographies you will love this.
I absolutely adored The Adventures of Maud West and getting to know this remarkable, and at times mystifying woman.
Author Susannah Stapleton takes two weeks off work and snuggles down to indulge her passion for reading mystery novels. Unable to find a book that holds her attention she begins to ponder upon this question, ‘Were there really lady detectives in the golden age of crime?’ Initial research leads to a newspaper cutting advertising the services of ‘Maud West, Lady Detective’. And so beg ...more
I was hooked from the first few pages of this book, when the author, Susannah Stapleton, describes how she found herself suddenly ungripped by her favourite Golden Age detective stories and decided instead to find out about real women detectives of the time. Maud West is who she found, and Maud West is who she investigates.
Don’t pick up The Adventures of Maud West expecting thrilli ...more
The historian's viewpoint and painstaking research is well described and shows the process to the reader with various avenues followed, some with the inevitable cul-de-sac. This is a most satisfying element in this book.
The biography is hard to chase ...more
The fact that all these cases are real, are part of Maud’s work is just so incredible to read. You hear of course about the fictional women of the era, this is after all set in the golden age of crime fiction with writers like Agatha Chri ...more
She interspersed her chapters with Maud’s own writings on her adventures and Maud proved as elusive as some of her cases, with Susannah admitting to a difficulty at times in telling fact from fiction.
I always took those crime novels featuring fictional lady detectives from the 20‘s and 3 ...more
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