Tuesday, February 20, 2018

from the crime page: The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis

Wildside Books, 2012
originally serialized in Ludgate Monthly, 1893
first published 1894
142 pp


Occasionally there is going to be some overlap between this page and my crime fiction page since I'm very much into Victorian crime literature.  I've posted about this book here  for anyone who may be interested; The Experiences of Loveday Brooke was published in 1894, and this creation of Catherine Louisa Pirkis just may be the first example of a "New Woman" detective, arriving at a time when the first "New Woman" fiction was coming out.

As I said in my original post, the stories in this book are good, not great, but for me it's all about Loveday Brooke herself, making her way in what was normally a male profession, often doing a better job than her male counterparts.

I will definitely be back with more work by this author; she wrote thirteen novels so at least one is bound to cross my path, especially her sensation fiction.

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