“She’s had a long life of experience in noticing evil, fancying evil, suspecting evil and going forth to do battle with evil.”
― Agatha Christie, on Miss Marple
I was reading a book titled “The Midwife and the Assassin” by Sam Thomas, a mystery set in 17th century London where a midwife and her assistant solve a series of murders and unearth a major plot to blow up the Parliament. This got me thinking about all the female detectives that have featured in detective fiction, hence the poem.
(Source: wikipedia, wonderlist, crimefictionlover)
Women have found an unlikely place
To be featured, a rather unusual space
For them to occupy in works of fiction
Yet they fulfil the role with consummate conviction-
This poem is about the female detective
Who, by virtue of her curiosity, is quite effective
At finding the culprit by her powers of deduction
(Without using any feminine charms or seduction)
She has a keen eye, a perception remarkable
A fascination with minute details that enables
Her to notice things that others have ignored
(Including the pompous police officers on board)
She does not have any academic qualification
But knowledge of human behavior is her specialization
There are no stereotypes, she might be
A teen like Nancy Drew or a middle-aged lady
Like Miss Marple, anywhere in the world she might be
In different settings, different eras you might see
A remarkable woman solving the mystery of a crime-
Give me such a detective novel to read any time!
2 thoughts on “Sleuths in skirts”
Nancy Drew and I grew up together!
I grew up with her too!
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