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4.0 out of 5 stars Women detectives in fiction
I loved that this was a story about a woman detective that was written 50 years before there were any women detective. The author did a wonderful job of showing how great women would be as detectives and wrote as if there were already many women detectives and spies in the world which was really lovely. Rather than one long novel this was a series of short stories or...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting
Published by the British Library, this book is of interest because it was written contemporaneously with the events described.It therefore has the merit of historical accuracy. The writing style is similar to the language in which a policeman might give evidence in court - therefore it is not a stunning literary piece but each case has a fascination of its own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Women detectives in fiction, 5 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Female Detective: The Original Lady Detective, 1864 (Paperback)
I loved that this was a story about a woman detective that was written 50 years before there were any women detective. The author did a wonderful job of showing how great women would be as detectives and wrote as if there were already many women detectives and spies in the world which was really lovely. Rather than one long novel this was a series of short stories or cases that the detective did or didn't solve. I liked that sometimes she didn't figure it out till too late. Some of the cases were better than others, unfortunately one was just a letter she read written by two different men which wasn't as good but there were some lovely moments. The moral dilemma's were interesting too as she would always side with the law over her own views of what was "right" in a case. There were also a lot of stories set in the East End which I liked. It was interesting to read about Whitechapel before the Ripper murders. To see the lives of working people portrayed in a more realistic way. I'm very glad the British Library decided to re-print this and that I got a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting, 15 Mar. 2013
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Published by the British Library, this book is of interest because it was written contemporaneously with the events described.It therefore has the merit of historical accuracy. The writing style is similar to the language in which a policeman might give evidence in court - therefore it is not a stunning literary piece but each case has a fascination of its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book to add to a collection, 5 Dec. 2014
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A wonderful book to add to any mystery fiction collection, a milestone in fact.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother, 17 Sept. 2014
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Stories disappointing and the print quality of the text is really poor
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over hyped, 12 Sept. 2014
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Sort of interesting. But not very. Not a very good edition either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 May 2015
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arrived promptly and my wife loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 Mar. 2015
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An excellent read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 16 Feb. 2013
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I did not hate it but I did not enjoy it Rather poor I thought Not even interesting historically speaking
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