I was immediately captivated by the title of this book. It just seemed to roll off the tongue in such an intriguing way. Then I saw the subtitle, “175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction”, I knew I had to read this one. I was not disappointed. The author took me on a fascinating jaunt through a segment of women’s history I’d never considered before. This book highlights the struggles that women faced just to become police officers and how our society’s way of thinking also had to change in order for women to be included in the process of solving crime. The author points out the role that fictional female detectives played in spurring on some of these changes. In rounding up her account, the author points out the current state of women in policing. There is still a ways to go in fighting for equality between the sexes in policing.
As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author’s combination of detection and history hit my sweet spot perfectly. One of my hopes is that my readers will broaden their reading horizons beyond just fiction and this book would be a great place to start.
Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP! For a well-researched piece of non-fiction that reads as easily as fiction.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Beacon Press for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available April 26, 2016. Click here to pre-order: Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction