These ladies – whether love interests, femmes fatales, or independent career women – faithfully mirror the changes and challenges real women faced in the nearly half century during which the famous detective stories were published. This illuminating and entertaining anthology of original essays, poems, classic British music hall ditties, and insightful pockets of history examine topics ranging from libations to libido, perfumes to prejudice, in the context of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It will delight all explorers through the cultural landscape of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
How this book came to be:
For nine years I lived in New York City. My first job there was as manager of the Mysterious Bookshop. Not surprisingly all my closest friends in the city then as now are mystery book readers. I became an Adventuress of Sherlock Holmes and, later when I started to travel and then live in Europe, I kept up my friendships via post and the occasional visit to the city for the Sherlock Holmes Birthday Bash in January. I moved to Verona in 1991 and while I love living in Italy, it is safe to say that Sherlockians are scarce. I began to miss the camaraderie of mystery buffs and the Adventuresses in particular. So I devised a plan that would keep up our contacts. Why not, I thought, compile a book about the women in the Sherlock Holmes stories and invite all my pals to contribute. Everyone I asked happily jumped on board! And that is how Ladies was born.