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on 9 October 2000
This novel is for those who wish to return to the exciting and simpler world that existed in Englandprior to World War II. Here is the Saint recruited to become a member of Scotland Yard. Imagine Inspector Teal's chagrin! The Yard decides to put a thief to catch one. They enlist him to stop a fiendish criminal gang headed by a lethal, lovely determined woman. How the Saint deals with his attraction for his beautiful adversary and remains true to his duty is chronicled in this book. A policeman's lot can be a happy one iif you are the Saint!
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"She Was a Lady" (aka "The Saint Meets His Match" aka "The Angels of Doom") is one of the few Saint books from this period not to feature Patricia Holm. The reason, apparently, is that it was originally not a Saint story, but was adapted from one written before the author settled on the Saint as his protagonist of choice.

Nevertheless, the adaptation of this full-length story (concerning a battle of wits with a girl out to revenge the framing and consequent suicide of her father) is a thorough one. The Saint's constant adversary Claud Eustace Teal is fully integrated into the story, which is told with the author's usual acerbic wit; and Slinky Dyson and Snake Ganning (both from Enter the Saint) make cameo appearances.

And at the end we find out that the Saint and James Bond have more in common than we suspected.

P.S. For a list of all Charteris's Saint books (in two sections, because of length limitations) see my Listmanias.
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on 5 June 2014
I just want to make a general appreciation of the fact that these wonderful books are back in print - with excellent introductions by crime writers and other enthusiasts. These books which are not sufficiently well known these days are up there with P G Wodehouse, better than James Bond and much better than almost anything else in their genre.

I know of many people who will tell you that their lives, attitudes and resilience have benefitted from an early acquaintance with Simon Templar. Well, now he's back for a new generation. The Saint Goes On !
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on 27 January 2014
Takes me back to my teens in the 50's. I've read them all before as proper books. Shear escapism but I love them. Battle,murder and sudden death!
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on 19 February 2015
I love reading these books,all even more exciting than the TVs episode.This one is no exception
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on 14 November 2014
"Look out for the sign of the Saint - he will be back."
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on 12 December 2013
First Class service from this company, item arrived well within time estimates, was exactly as described and certainly exceeded my expectations as to content.
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on 4 June 2014
I thought I was missing something until I tried to read this. Bored stupid by the dated middle class drivel. Doesn't cut it. Not a classic.
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