S is for Sue Grafton

S is for Sue Grafton

It is truly a bummer to have to ring in the new year after suffering the loss of Sue Grafton. I’ll never forget the time I met her at Malice, so many years ago. She was a sweetie, not to mention being one the crime authors I found most inspiring around the time...
Kate Warne: Female Intelligence Agent

Kate Warne: Female Intelligence Agent

The Civil War Intelligence Work As discussed previously, along with her distinction of being the first female detective for the Pinkerton Agency, Kate Warne did intelligence work during the Civil War. As a woman, she could easily attend social gatherings and worm...
Kate Warne: Female Detective for the Pinkerton Agency

Kate Warne: Female Detective for the Pinkerton Agency

The Baltimore Plot (Cont.) To pick up from where I left off in the first part of Kate Warne’s story (the story of the first female Pinkerton detective), Warne was tasked with keeping Abraham Lincoln safe from would-be assassins in Baltimore. The plan was to create a...
Kate Warne: First Female Detective

Kate Warne: First Female Detective

While hard-boiled female detectives may seem to be a recent development (at least in fiction), they really aren’t in reality. In fact, the first female detective in the United States was Kate Warne, who worked at the Pinkerton Detective Agency in the 1800s (the...

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