43: The Female Detective
Can Victorian propriety be sustained in a discussion of the best way to dismember a corpse? What can we learn about a genre by going back to its lesser-known early instances, even if those instances are, honestly, kinda terrible?
The Sometime Seminar discusses The Female Detective (1864) by Andrew Forrester (a pseudonym of James Redding Ware), the first book of detective fiction with a female protagonist, which was recently republished by the British Library.
Supplemental links: Review essay on women in early detective fiction by Alice Spawls in the LRB