Miss Van Snoop sank into a cane-bottomed chair, laid her head upon the table, and cried. She had earned the luxury of hysterics.
from The Stir Outside the Café Royal: A Story of Miss Van Snoop, Detective
One of the e texts listed at Female Detectives in UK fiction 1850-1900 A Selective Bibliography (via Quiddity)
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CL Perkis "The Ghost of Fountain Lane" in the general page is particularly fun. "Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective" in 1893..
Posted by David at November 23, 2003 06:42 PM
Yeah - it is good isn't it.
Might even hunt down some more "Loveday"
Can almost see the BBC version of it.
Could work as long as it was played straight and not 'silly jolly'.
"I thought I was pining for a week of perfect laziness and sea-breezes, and so I locked up my desk and fled..."
Posted by boynton at November 23, 2003 10:00 PM
- although after reading more at the Loveday page
- I'm not sure how saleable they might regard a "non-descript" detective of her type.
(Tho' it would be quite refreshing methinks.)
"In her detective work, she uses 'male' qualities of logic and observation rather than the infamous 'feminine intuition' which was to become the stock-in-trade of many female investigators."
Posted by boynton at November 23, 2003 10:27 PM
I like Miss Van Snoop's: "Now then, be spry" - just have to think of a reason to say it. And what tone to use...
Posted by wen at November 24, 2003 07:12 PM