Ruth the Betrayer
Ruth the Betrayer; or, The Female Spy, by Edward Ellis was the first fictional female detective.[dubious ] It was published as a penny dreadful in 52 parts in 1862-63 by John Dicks, and the British Library's single-volume compilation copy was acquired on 28 February 1863. It therefore predates Andrew Forrester's The Female Detective and W.S. Hayward's The Revelations of a Lady Detective, both of 1863/4.
Ruth Trail, the protagonist, is "a female detective – a sort of spy we use in the hanky-panky way when a man would be too clumsy".
- British Library record SYS:001059360, Barry Ono Collections, shelfmark:C.140.c.41/Mic.C.12114
- Flanders, Judith (2011). The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime. HarperCollins UK. ISBN 9780007352470. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- British Library acquisition stamp
- Edward Ellis, Ruth the Betrayer; or, The Female Spy (London, [John Dicks], 1863)
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