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March 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • CANCELLED
  • Golden Age of Crime
  • Non-fiction

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective

Susannah Stapleton
Susannah Stapleton and book cover

Venue:

Park Inn Palace Hotel, Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
Tickets:
£8
£5 (27 yrs and under)
Book

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

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The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is the enthralling true story of the curious life and career of one of Britain’s first and best-known female detectives.  It is both a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of ‘good society’ during 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

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Golden Age of Crime Weekend, taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on 28 and 29 March.

The Adventures of Maud West cover

THE ADVENTURES OF MAUD WEST, LADY DETECTIVE

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. 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?

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susannah Stapleton is a historical researcher with over twenty years’ experience unravelling mysteries for museums, organizations and private individuals. The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is Susannah’s first book. She lives in Shropshire.

 

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Venue

Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
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01702 455155

Hearing Loop:

Park Inn Palace currently has no hearing loop systems installed. Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]