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The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
Written by:
Susannah Stapleton 
Read by:
Clare WilleSusannah Stapleton 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 43 minutes 
July 01 2019 
Available Date:
July 01 2019 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Biography; British; Historical 
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

The enthralling true story of the curious life and career of Maud West, one of Britain’s first and best-known female detectives.

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. With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is both a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during the first half of the 20th century.

'Maud West is a gloriously English eccentric – think Miranda Hart meets Margret Rutherford ... Stapleton brings a keen eye for bizarre and quirky detail to this compelling tale of London’s leading female private detective in the days before the Second World War.'
Sean O'Connor

'A deliciously entertaining, meticulous and affectionate investigation into one of the great unsung heroines of British detection, our very own real life, female Sherlock Holmes. Criminally good. It's impossible not to love this book.'
MJ McGrath

'I rocketed through this terrific book. A brilliant literary sleuth (author Susanna Stapleton) tracks down a real one, uncovering a flabbergasting hidden life along the way.'
Lissa Evans