PRIVATE DETECTIVES

LADY DETECTIVE

“A deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’.”

THE TIMES

“The best biography I’ve read this year.”

SOPHIE HANNAH

“An intriguing mix of tales from Maud’s own casebook, social history and extensive research.”

THE GUARDIAN

Publication May 2019

Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime

Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty 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.

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 twentieth century.

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TYPES OF LADY DETECTIVE

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School for Lady Detectives

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DETECTIVE OF THE MONTH

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the research process

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SIDENOTES

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VIDEO

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