The Lady Detectives

Early Female Eyes

"If it's that delicate,... maybe you need a lady detective."

-- Marlowe in The Little Sister (1949)

No business for a lady, indeed...

Before the parade of bimbo eyes from the pulp era and before the nineteen eighties tsunami of more realistic female eyes swamped us, there were the lady detectives.

A century earlier before Muller, Grafton, Paretsky, Cody et al rocked the world, Catherine Louisia Pirkis' Miss Loveday Brooke, arguably the first female private detective (and almost certainly the first created by a woman) made her debut. And she was soon followed by several others of note.

Here are some of the major players from long ago...

Arguably the first female private detective (and almost certainly the first created by a woman).

Nancy Drew's grandmother? Often considered the first "girl detective."

A honest-to-goodness private detective, she rode bicycles and carried a gun, And then she got married...


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