Miriam Lea is only the third ever professional female detective to appear in a work of crime fiction. Originally published in 1888, 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.
About the authorLeonard Merrick (1864–1939) was an English novelist. Although largely forgotten today, he was widely admired by his peers. J. M. Barrie called Merrick the `novelist`s novelist.` He wrote 12 novels as well as collections of short stories and plays. Many of his stories were made into films in the 1920s.
- Leonard Merrick
- The British Library
- Publication date
- September 2013
- 144 pages