The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes

The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes Review

A wonderfully wicked new anthology from the editor of The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime

It is the Victorian era and society is both entranced by and fearful of that suspicious character known as the New Woman. She rides those new- fangled bicycles and doesn't like to be told what to do. And, in crime fiction, such female detectives as Loveday Brooke, Dorcas Dene, and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard are out there shadowing suspects, crawling through secret passages, fingerprinting corpses, and sometimes committing a lesser crime in order to solve a murder.

In The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime, Michael Sims has brought together all of the era's great crime-fighting females- plus a few choice crooks, including Four Square Jane and the Sorceress of the Strand.

Title:The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Suvi

    At the end of the 19th century, a new term emerged: "New Woman". This woman was independent, assertive, educated, career-oriented, and a supporter of women's rights to control their own lives and fina...

  • Monica Willyard

    This is a fascinating and delightful collection of short stories featuring women detectives from the Victorian era. I have found several new AUTHORS whose work I want to investigate....

  • Susan

    Although there is no record of a woman on the detective force until 1918, they make their debut in fiction in 1864. While few of these stories are exemplary and some are downright clunky, they provide...

  • Bev

    It is very difficult for me to rate this one. The stories represent a nice selection of early detective fiction--particularly those that feature female protagonists. They are all interesting and well-...

  • Jacob

    (Review in progress)(view spoiler)[Michael Sims is a wicked bloke. He's a cool cat. He's a hoopy frood who knows where his towel is. He's also the editor of the anthologies The Penguin Book of Gasligh...

  • Kathy

    This collection is full of very well-thought-out choices and I love that the stories are presented chronologically (by their publication date; the stories span between 1864 and 1915). I especially app...

  • Helen

    A great collection of Victorian detective featuring female protagonists. Not all of the stories are written by women, however, which was a little disappointing, but the biographical sketches of the au...

  • Austen to Zafón

    WHY: It is the Victorian era and society is both entranced by and fearful of that suspicious character known as the New Woman. She rides those new-fangled bicycles and doesn't like to be told what to ...

  • Theresa

    Like all anthologies, there's a certain amount of unevenness in the selections, but there are a number of strong stories here--yes, girls can be detectives, too. I object somewhat to the use of the te...

  • Lisa Grabenstetter

    I always find it difficult to fairly rate an anthology. Some of the stories are excellent, others not so much. Definitely worth a read, though, a very interesting collection....