Mr Bazalgettes Agent ePUB î Mr Bazalgettes MOBI

Mr Bazalgettes Agent ePUB î Mr Bazalgettes MOBI

Mr Bazalgettes Agent [Download] ➾ Mr Bazalgettes Agent ➹ Leonard Merrick – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk When Miriam Lea falls on hard times an advertisement calling for private agents catches her eye and within weeks she finds herself in Mr Bazalgette's employ as a private detective traveling on a train When Miriam Lea falls on hard times an advertisement calling for private agents catches her eye and within weeks she finds herself in Mr Bazalgette's employ as a private detective traveling on a train to Hamburg in pursuit of an audacious fraudster What follows is a journey through some of the great cities of Europe—and eventually to South Africa—as Miss Lea attempts to find her man Miriam Lea is only Mr Bazalgettes MOBI :å the third ever British professional female detective to appear in a work of crime fiction originally published in Mr Bazalgette's Agent presents a determined and resourceful heroine in the figure of Miss Lea who grapples with some very modern dilemmas of female virtue and vice Leonard Merrick said of the book his first It's a terrible book It's the worst thing I ever wrote I bought them all up and destroyed them You can't find any It seems Merrick was true to his word since copies of the book can now only be found in private collections and in a handful of university and national libraries throughout the world This new edition offers the modern crime fiction fan an opportunity to rediscover an enticing and rare detective story.


10 thoughts on “Mr Bazalgettes Agent

  1. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    I HATE star ratings which is why so many of my ratings are blank but I'll give it a 35 in case anyone actually caresEveryone is entitled to his or her own opinion and god knows my choice in reading material is anything but conventional but this book as one reader states here is anything but rather boring and predictable Au contraire it ends with an ironic twist that made me laugh out loud I won't say what it is or how the book ends but as I'm suirming in my seat wanting to yell at our heroine for being so daft things changed in the blink of an eye It's also a book that brings up some of the issues challenging women of the Victorian era and beyond that well it's just plain fun This is not a book one would take on as a piece of intense serious literature but rather a book to unwind with and just enjoy for what it is You can if you so choose read about plot etc at the crime page of my online reading journal; I just want to make a couple of observations about the novel here First in the introduction to this novel Mike Ashley notes that Mr Bazalgette's Agent is uite likely the first ever British novel to feature a professional female detective Prior to this one as he states there were uite a few short stories to do so but in general most fictional detectives of the time were men Second and much interesting prior to her appointment as Bazalgette's agent the heroine Miss Lea finds herself in a very tight spot She's had a brief stint as an actress until they discovered I could not act at which point she is taken on as a governess by Lady Edward Jones However once her former career is made known to her employers she is let go after two full years of service It seems that Lady Edward Jones does not approve and is unwilling that Master Pelham Jones should imbibe any vulgar tendencies toward artIt seems that even though Miss Lea is obviously highly educated she is also highly unemployable because of her past association with the stage However when called to work for Bazalgette she refuses to take the small salary she is offered by her employers they want to pay her a pound a day; she most adamantly turns it down Women it seems are very rarely hired on as detectives; when they are it's purely temporary As she stateson the termination of this undertaking I should be without an engagement from you probably find it extremely difficult to return to ordinary occupations and have only earned a trifling sum to make amends for the embarrassment To her credit she holds out for the better sum of thirty shillings a day but she does recognize that she's pushing her luck here It's a bit of a you go girl kind of moment and I was rather proud of her It's little things like this and much I haven't touched on that I appreciate about this novel Mr Bazalgette's Agent is a wonderful book if you are into off the beaten path crime literature of the Victorian era Instead of looking at the book as outdated or out of touch with the modern world it should simply be appreciated for what it is in the context of its time It's also a bit of a hoot


  2. Andrea Andrea says:

    Billed as either the first or third novel featuring a female private detective Mr Bazalgette's Agent is the diary of a down on her luck young woman who lands what seems to me an extremely cushy and unlikely private detective job trying to track down a person who has stolen a lot of moneyThis started out uite interesting but lost impetus for me around halfway The ending was one of the possibilities that could perhaps be foreseen rather earlierThe author amusingly disliked this book so much he tried to buy up all the copies so it's rather rare in print E reading is bringing back a lot of the obscure early detective fiction


  3. Travis Travis says:

    An odd little bookInteresting because it may be one of the very first detective novels featuring a female detective but at the same time the story is so light and fluffy and strong breeze would blow it awayDown on her luck actress takes a chance and is hired by a London detective agency They are in pursuit of a sneaky embezzler and think he'll never suspect a woman Hijinks ensueAs a bit of history i'm glad I read it but as a mystery novel I have mixed feelingsOur heroine is likable and an actual amateur She doesn't suddenly become an expert or realize she's a natural at detecting She stumbles around unsure what to do and feels very realI liked thatAlso this story is very much of its timeNo modern sensibilities or attempts to rebel against the rules of society at the time so it's a nice little time capsule The language and feel is like Jane Austin wrote a detective novelUnfortunately that also means our heroine is not allowed to be put in any danger or be at all proactive or unlady likeSo there's a minimum of suspense and actionIt's a same the author moved on to 'serious' novels and never wrote a seuel as it could have been funI think if a modern writer tried it we'd lose a lot of the charmNot a great book but worth a look


  4. Laura Laura says:

    Interesting novel about a female detective in the late 1800s never read something like this before


  5. Kate Vane Kate Vane says:

    Miriam Lea the protagonist of this novel may not be a very good detective but she is a fascinating characterThe narration takes the form of her diary She is an acerbic and entertaining narrator and is interesting for what she withholds as much as what she says She vividly describes her reduced circumstances living in London in a dreary boarding house She implies that she is used to better and refers drily to losing her post as a governess because she was previously an actress It seems she has a colourful past but although she drops hints throughout the narrative it is never entirely clear what her background is and why she finds herself so aloneShe is forthright in describing the terror of poverty She is just clinging to respectability but however much she despises her current life she knows she has further to fall She is exasperated by her failure to find employment and weary of the disbelief of those who would say she just isn’t trying contemporary resonances there However she maintains her spirits in part by looking down on those who are in the same precarious situation as her rather than finding any sense of solidarity In desperation she turns to a private investigator for work after spending the last of her money on a good pair of gloves knowing that ‘the less you look in want of the thing you solicit the likely you are to get it’ It seems her problems are solved when she is offered an assignment which reuires her to travel Europe staying in top hotels in the guise of a wealthy widow while pursuing a fugitive But this opportunity throws up other challengesThe plot doesn’t stand up to scrutiny and for this reason I think many fans of contemporary crime fiction would find this novel lacking But it is an interesting piece of social history and the enduring mystery is Miriam Lea herself


  6. Neale Neale says:

    Admirers of Leonard Merrick have been waiting a long time for his books to come back into print It is ironic that the book that has finally made it is a book that he did his utmost during his lifetime to suppress 'Mr Bazalgette's Agent' his debut novel has been remembered not so much for its literary value as for its importance in the development of the detective genre being one of the first of its kind to feature a female detective Merrick himself had such a low regard for it that he would not allow it to be reprinted in his lifetime And yet it looks likely that it will become his best known novel to new readers an irony which would fit rather neatly into one of Merrick's short stories


  7. Brittany Farr Brittany Farr says:

    I found this book in a thrift store and was intrigued when I read the introduction The introduction explained that this book is one of the first books that included a female detective; however Merrick was ashamed of this book so he burned many copies This book is rare to find until it was republished later in the futureIt is a short read and it was enjoyable however it is not the best book I read Regardless I appreciated that a male author didn't portray the female detective as another fragile woman in the era it was published in 1888 Even so there were some things that were disappointing especially the fact that it ended with the detective leaving her job for marriageNow a short summary of the story Miriam Lea was running out of money and desperate for a job and suddenly she spotted an advertisement for a private agent detective She went in Mr Bazalgette's office to inuire about the job and was informed that it would be hard to get and the pay isn't great because she is a woman Few days later she was informed that her help is needed to find a man who stole money from a business It was believed that a woman will be able to find him better since men usually don't feel threatened by women and usually are especially clueless when women are the detectives Now Miriam has money and a job the next step is to find the criminal


  8. Debbie Debbie says:

    Not at all dated but a bit twee


  9. Faith Faith says:

    A sparkling tale of the first lady detective in England brought back to print by the British LibraryThis amusing story was first published in 1888 Ms Miriam Lea is an engaging and delightful narrator She is surprisingly sassy given that she is a woman in the late 1800s Despite being down on her luck she manages to secure a position as a detective for an agencyShe is soon travelling through the continent and headed to the diamond mines of South Africa to pursue an embezzler There are many twists and turns in the case but I found myself both amused and a little disappointed by the ending I suppose it was 1888 after allThe book is written in diary form which I usually detest but in this case it worked out uite well and made for a very fast readStrangely Leonard Merrick never wrote another detective novel and went on to buy and destroy all the copies he could find “It’s a terrible book It’s the worst thing I ever wrote I bought them all up and destroyed them You can’t find any”Thankfully he didn’t get uite all of them


  10. Fenella Tipton Fenella Tipton says:

    The first British detective novel and an early cozy featuring a lady detective published in 1888 The intro says that Leonard Merrick never wrote another detective novel and went on to buy and destroy all the copies he could find The book is written in diary form which I usually detest but in this case it worked out uite well and made for a very fast readMrs Lea is an engaging and delightful narrator She is surprisingly sassy given that she is a woman in the late 1800s Despite being down on her luck manages to secure a position as a detective for an agencyShe is soon travelling through the continent and headed to the diamond mines of South Africa to pursue an embezzler There are many twists and turns in the case but I found myself both amused and a little disappointed by the ending I suppose it was 1888 after all Recommended for mystery fans only 139 pages and enjoyable


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