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The Legendary Women Detectives: 6 Classic Novelets

Narrated by: Addison Barnes
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
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Sherlock Holmes' female rivals!

This unique collection for connoisseurs of detection done female style brings back six of the greatest fictional women sleuths of the era of gaslights and horseless carriages. Fans of Kinsey Milhone and other contemporary women detectives, as well as of Agatha Christie and Honey West, will love this collection featuring the foremothers of today's fictional female crime-fighters. 

Long out of print and unobtainable, these celebrated women 'tecs - Baroness Orczy's Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, Anna Katharine Green's Violet Strange, Arthur B. Reeve's Constance Dunlap, C. L. Pirkis' Loveday Brooke, Valentine's Daphne Wrayne, and Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace's Ruth Kelstern - were once nearly as famous as the fictional sleuth of Baker Street himself. Their fame waned in the long decades of the 1930s through the '80s, when female sleuths took a backseat to Sam Spade, Nero Wolfe, and the like. But, they are back to baffle and thrill contemporary readers in The Legendary Women Detectives edited by Jean Marie Stine.

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Smart Women

Well, we learn something everyday. These women were very clever to find the culprit. If you like detective stories, this one is for you.

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Nice starter kit for new readers/listeners

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

The Man in the Inverness Cape

Mr. Marvel goes missing after leaving to run errands. Like the well-known Sherlock Holmes, Lady Molly goes undercover to where Rosie Campbell, the ex-maid of the sister of Mr. Marvel, was staying, to unravel the mystery.

The Problem of the Second Bullet by Anna Catherine Green

A shot in an apartment. A locked room. Two dead and only one bullet fired. Violet Strange is asked to look into the deaths and eventually discovers the truth.

The Shoplifters by Arthur B. Reeve

A young lady is caught red-handed with a stolen ring and other items. Constance Dunlap takes pity on her and refuses to charge her. Instead, she uncovers a ring of shoplifters.

The Murder at Trott's Hill by C.L. Burgess

Loveday Brooke goes undercover to solve the case of the murder of the landskeeper of the Trotts Hill house.

The Man Who Scared the Bank by Valentine

Sleuth Daphne Rein must solve the mystery of a doppleganger and a bank swindled out of money.

The Tea Leaf by Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace

Ruth Kelston solves the mystery of the death of her father after he is found in the Turkish baths with his mortal enemy.

Each of these novelettes were interesting to listen to. Some of the stories were logical in the culprit and reason; for example the first one I caught on to fairly quickly. Others like the last one, is similar in style to a murder in a locked room.

Each story gives the listener an example of the different authors and their writing style and the genre of the women detective in the early part of the 20th century. A nice starter kit for people who want those types of books to read.

The narrator was quite competent and adjusted her voice to relay the various characters quite nicely.