(These don't seem to be interesting most of you, based on the lack of feedback where I post them, but I find these to be interesting and full of potential useful information. Also, occasionally, full of the biases of the era, as the following is).
WOMEN MAKE BETTER SLEUTHS THAN MEN, SAYS AGENCY HEAD
Girl Solves Tangles
As to the other type of man detective, the deductive type, who sits by the fireside and, nonchalantly inhaling the smoke from a meerschaum, solves the murders and finds precious necklaces, Miss West is inclined to think he doesn't exist, and that he is the creation of highly romantic minds outside the detective business.
I'd imagine that they would be especially effective in certain kinds of cases, because they would be underestimated and effectively "invisible" (two wealthy male conspirators might very well consider themselves "alone" and free to do business while serving girls glide in and out of the room, and each has a giggling escort on his lap).
If it's any consolation I logged into my livejournal to leave this comment, which is, not usual let us say. I'm very interested in these pieces, but I've only recently come to them since I've followed you on Twitter, about three weeks or so maybe a month. They are actually inspirational, in a sense, giving me lots of ideas and fodder and tangents for all sorts of creative projects I have cooking, which I won't bore you with because, lo and behold, this is turning into a paragraph and that's never a good sign with me and a comment. Love your work, and am always entertained by your postings here and on Twitter, so cheers! -Greg
As it happens, I came across this immediately after reading an article in today's Chicago Tribune which discusses the possibility that the first female police officer in the US began working for the Chicago Police Department in the 1890s.
"...from Sherlock Holmes to Craig Kennedy...", it says.
I have read a Craig Kennedy book, titled Enter Craig Kennedy (1935), and it was so crammed with weird pulp tropes that if it were a movie it would have been on Mystery Science Theater 3000. The title is not in the lists of Craig Kennedy books and stories in the character and author entries of Wikipedia (and there is a statement that the later stories may not be by Reeve), though it is on another page about Reeve, which also lists and reviews another book by him, Constance Dunlap, Woman Detective (1913):
The available pages of the Google Books site on You know my method: the science of the detective By J. Kenneth Van Dover have some very mixed remarks on Reeve's work, and a mention of a Craig Kennedy TV show only lasting one season (1954).
Other than the one book (found at an estate sale) I had never heard of Craig Kennedy, "the modern Sherlock Holmes", while the original Holmes is still popular.
What baffles me is that he seems to have been so popular around ninety years ago. I was guessing that the quality went downhill for one reason or another, but I gather from your remark that it may not have started that far up the hill.
Glorius! I don't think it's possible to pack an article with any more attitudes of the era. Poor women, they can't shadow, those dainty limbs would get tired!
Yeesh. And poor men, having their "attributes...ripped from them". How traumatic.