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Who can say no to a duchesse?

Who can say no to a duchesse?

Let me tell you more about how I came to write my latest story, "An Affair at Oxbridge". If you've already read the story, then you know that my mystery takes place in 1899 England and my characters are two women: the Duchess of Clarke, who is the detective, and her partner, Doctor Adler, who is also the narrator. So why a duchess? First, let me just say that I'm not particularly interested in hashtag royal wedding, nor am I an anglophile, nor do I give one bit about royals of any kind. So why did I write a duchess? The idea for this story came to me when I was talking with my partner about Sherlock Holmes, the stories, the movies, the actors, the many TV shows that are out there, and so on. And then I started wondering, more in jest than anything, what it would be like if Sherlock Holmes were a woman? Could you even have a woman private detective/consulting detective in 1890s? And the answer is no. Having a woman detective like Sherlock Holmes in 1890s would have been a very unlikely scenario for a number of reasons. For one thing, a respectable woman was not allowed to leave the house - that's a pretty big reason right there; it's hard to detect without leaving the house. That's how things were in 1890's England. It's true, women were starting to enter in all sorts of professions, or I should say, women were beginning to work and earn a living, but to be a working woman was not considered the most decent thing out there. And also, how can you have a woman detective, when...

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Who can say no to a duchesse?

Who can say no to a duchesse?

Let me tell you more about how I came to write my latest story, "An Affair at Oxbridge". If you've already read the story, then you know that my mystery takes place in 1899 England and my characters are two women: the Duchess of Clarke, who is the detective, and her partner, Doctor Adler, who is also the narrator. So why a duchess? First, let me just say that I'm not particularly interested in hashtag royal wedding, nor am I an anglophile, nor do I give one bit about royals of any kind. So why...

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