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Revelations of a Lady Detective [Paperback]

William Stephens Hayward
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20 Feb 2013
Revelations of a Lady Detective is only the second novel ever published featuring a female detective and was pipped to the post by just 6 months by Andrew Forrester's The Lady Detective published in the same year, 1864 (republished by The British Library in 2012). These two are truly the pioneering lady detectives since there would be no other fictional female detectives after them for nearly 25 years. Mrs Paschal, the heroine of the novel, is a very different character from her predecessor. For a start, she is shown smoking on the front cover - smoking was considered very modern and daring for women, even in the late 19th century. She carries a Colt revolver, trails suspects and searches houses. This much racier female detective is equally inventive, intuitive and insightful as she works her way through a variety of cases involving theft, murder and kidnapping. The publication of this very rare novel will be welcomed by all fans of Victorian crime fiction.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division; Reprint edition (20 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071235896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712358965
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 13.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absolute blast from beginning to end ... I d recommend Revelations to fans of Victoriana, readers of history-mysteries, and crime fans interested in the early days of our genre. --Past Offences

History buffs will be fascinated by the social settings --Good Reading

About the Author

William Stephens Hayward (1835-1870) was a prolific author of Victorian 'sensation' novels, historical novels and stories for boys' papers. His own life was not without scandal and he spent several years in a debtors' prison.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary book. 13 Nov 2013
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I think the stories in this book created the phrase; "Now what is the chance of that happening?" In most cases I think the answer would be 1:1,000,000,000.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A quaint and pleasant read. 17 Dec 2013
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The plot is told in advance almost every time but still fun to follow its unfolding. Worth the price of admittance.
2.0 out of 5 stars Of historical interest only 2 Mar 2014
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One of the first fictional female detectives tells us her adventures. I really didn't find the writing engaging and did not finish the book. The stories I did read had significant plot holes and did not involve any real analysis of clues, just following suspects. The police already knew who they were after and just needed a woman to help them out. The idea that woman capable of being a detective would swoon once rescued by the police was enough to make stop reading. Of novelty and historic value only.
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