The adventures of Maud West, lady detective : secrets and lies in the golden age of crime / Susannah Stapleton.
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: London : Picador,
ISBN: 9781509867295 (hbk.) :
Illustrations and text on lining papers.
Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than 30 years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society's finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And - as Susannah Stapleton reveals - she was a most unreliable witness to her own life. Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime? Interweaving tales from Maud West's own 'casebook' with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.
370 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
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