Miss Cayley's Adventures by Grant Allen 1st / 1st 1899
First edition and first print published by Grant Richards in 1899. This rare title is in very good ++ condition. The boards are very bright and clean. The gilt lettering on the front board and spine is complete along with the illustration of Miss Cayley with her foot on the world. Pages are very clean. There is no previous owners ink. A very nice copy.
An early novel to feature a female detective investigating wrong doing and solving crimes.
When her stepfather dies, Miss Lois Cayley finds herself alone in the world with only twopence in her pocket. Undaunted, the intelligent, attractive, and infinitely resourceful heroine decides to set off in search of adventure. Her travels take her from London to Germany, Italy, Egypt, and India, as she faces various challenges and meets an assortment of eccentric characters. But when her true love, Harold Tillington, finds himself accused of forging a will and faces prison, Miss Cayley will need all her ingenuity to investigate the case, solve the mystery, and save Harold from the diabolical plot!
"Scholars might be loath to hear this, but, popular culture being the continuum that it is, Miss Cayley's Adventures can be seen as a superior example of the chick lit of its era. Its heroine remains to this day as appealing and amusing as any Bridget Jones, and her exploits are filled with moments of wit, action, and sheer fun."- Michele Slung, editor, Crime on her Mind: Fifteen Stories of Female Sleuths from the Victorian Era to the Forties.