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Book Launch

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: 
Book launch with author, Susannah Stapleton

11.00am to 4.00pm

Susie will be in the bookshop all day signing books: join us for a glass of fizz, all very welcome!

The book costs £20.00 plus £3.55 p&p.
To order your signed copy, please use one of the PayPal buttons below (the blue button if you would like us to send the book to you by post, or the brown button if you would like to collect from the bookshop).

For more than thirty years, Maud West ran a detective agency in London, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. A tireless self-publicist, Maud’s exploits grabbed headlines around the world – a woman, solving crimes, how could they not? But, in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity. 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?

In this enthralling true story, Stapleton interweaves tales from Maud’s own ‘casebook’ with social history and extensive original research, forensically examining 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.

If you are susceptible to Miss Marple and Harriet Vane you must read The Adventures of Maud West. You will never know the difference between fact and fiction again. (Jill Paton Walsh, author of the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries)

Terrific. A brilliant literary sleuth tracks down a real one, uncovering a flabbergasting hidden life along the way. (Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart and Old Baggage)

Maud West is a gloriously English eccentric – think Miranda Hart meets Margaret Rutherford – brought to vigorous life by present day sleuth Susannah Stapleton. (Sean O’Connor, author of Handsome Brute)

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