Wednesday 23rd October at 7.00pm; Coffee #1, Leominster – Ticket £6
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, Susannah 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.
Susannah is a biographer and historical researcher with over twenty years’ experience unravelling mysteries for museums, organizations and private individuals
Tickets for this book talk include £2.50 towards a drink.