The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa PirkisCatherine Louisa Pirkis (1841-1910) was a British author. She wrote numerous short stories and 14 novels between 1877 and 1894, and is perhaps best known today for her detective stories featuring Loveday Brooke. She moved from writing to animal charity work and, together with her husband, was one of the founders of the National Canine Defence League in 1891. Her works include The Experiences of Loveday Brooke: Lady Detective (1893).
The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective
Catherine Louisa Pirkis - was a British writer. She was the granddaughter of the Reverend Richard Lyne, who wrote both a Latin grammar and a primer then in widespread use. She married a naval officer and wrote a total of fourteen books, of which The Experiences of Loveday Brooke , Lady Detective , was the last. With the end of her writing career, she began to devote herself to "good works"; with her husband she founded the National Canine Defence League, which is still today active in Great Britain. The Experiences of Loveday Brooke is available here. A detailed review of the Loveday Brooke stories by Chris Willis can be found here.
Hutchinson, UK. Dover, US, trade paperback, With no way to earn a living she chose this particular line of work, which had the effect of cutting her off from her friends and original position in society. By this we can safely deduce she is well bred, the more so as she has rooms in Gower Street and employs a maid. Miss Brooke is nondescript in appearance, making her occasional impersonation of, for example, a nursery governess seeking work or a lady house decorator easily carried off. Is there a connection between the theft and a bag whose contents include clerical trappings and a suicide note found on a doorstep not far away?
Throughout her career as a writer, Pirkis would sometimes write under the name of "C. - Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
The robbery differs in few respects from the usual run of country-house robberies. The time chosen, of course, was the dinner-hour, when the family and guests were at table and the servants not on duty were amusing themselves in their own quarters. The fact of its being Christmas Eve would also of necessity add to the business and consequent distraction of the household. The entry to the house, however, in this case was not effected in the usual manner by a ladder to the dressing-room window, but through the window of a room on the ground floor—a small room with one window and two doors, one of which opens into the hall, and the other into a passage that leads by the back stairs to the bedroom floor. It is used, I believe, as a sort of hat and coat room by the gentlemen of the house. A very weak point indeed.