In June, we venture into a nearly forgotten world of female crime-fighters and detectives: The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes edited by Michael Sims, because yes – of course there were female rivals to Holmes and of course they have been given short shrift. NO LONGER!
Come in your fanciest, for biscuits, tea, and detecting. The book is included, as is a dedicated moderator and a roomful of Victorians, who – much like yourself – are absolutely keen on discussing the book.
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Walter Nelson has been involved in multiple aspects of public history for 40 years, with a focus on costumed, interactive programs with themes like historical etiquette, spiritualism, quack medicine and dance. His current project involves recreating the social dances of the Jazz Age using old movies as his principle source. He has appeared as a subject matter expert on the History Channel, A&E and HBO, on topics such as Victorian manners and primitive firearms. He has a BA in History from UC Berkeley and is a US Army veteran. His website, where he posts much of his research, and maintains calendar of Southern California history and dance events, is at http://walternelson.com.