Category Archives: News, Press Coverage & Reviews

History as told by Women

Private Inquiries has been included in Bookends’ selection of ‘History as told by Women’ on Full list hereread more

Amazon bestseller

Queens of the Underworld is an Amazon bestseller – No.1 in Women in History and Biographies and Memoirs of Women, … read more

The Breakfast Show BBC Radio London

I chatted to Salma El-Wardany about 3 London locations which are important in the history of female sleuths, in the … read more

London Library Talk

I’ll be talking about female sleuths with former investigations reporter Urmee Khan at the London Library on February 29th. Info … read more

‘The Lady Sherlock’

Zena Scott-Archer features in this Spanish podcast. Listen hereread more

Conway Hall Ethical Matters Talk

I’ll be talking about the history of female sleuths, many of whom operated near Conway Hall in the 19th century, … read more

BBC Radio Merseyside

I chatted to Sean Styles on BBC Radio Merseyside about the first women to work as private detectives and Liverpool’s … read more

Robert Elms Show

I chatted with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London about how I tracked down Victorian female sleuths, what crimes they … read more

Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool Echo has featured Zena Scott-Archer and Private Inquiries in their Nostalgia pages, along with images from their archives. … read more

Times Radio Interview

I chatted with Alexis Conran about the story behind Private Inquiries, the first British woman to open her own … read more

Best Books of 2023

My best female private detective books of 2023, as featured on Shepherd. More here

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Strong Words Lady Private Eyes

‘Throughout history, the PI role has been seen as a job for an unshaven male in a raincoat in need … read more

Private Inquiries Launch


Private Inquiries was launched at the Sherlock Holmes pub in London, a fitting venue in which to thank the … read more

Standard Issue Podcast PIs

I chatted to Mickey Noonan from Standard Issue about my training as a PI, the Victorian women who first became … read more

London Walking Tour

Many of Britain’s first female private detectives operated from agencies in London, here’s a walking tour of 12 sites in … read more

Hot off the Press

Private Inquires appears in the latest ‘Hot Off The Press’ from the Crime Writers’ Association.… read more

Mrs Sherlock Holmes

Annette Kerner, the self-styled sleuth of the 1950s, features in this piece for the Crime Readers’ Association newsletter.

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Case Files 64

‘An intriguing account of real female detectives from Britain’s past,’ Chris Simms, editor, Crime Readers’ Association Case Files.

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Private Inquiries Blog Tour

The Private Inquiries blog tour begins on October 12th.… read more

Secret Sleuths Review

‘Pioneering women detectives are emerging from the shadows and gaining their rightful place in history books’.

Dr Nell Darby, author … read more

British Transport Police History Group

Private Inquiries appears in the current newsletter of the British Transport Police History Group, whose members generously responded to a … read more

Association of British Investigators

Private Inquiries has featured on the Association of British Investigators’ website – with their former president Zena Scott-Archer on the … read more

The Housewives’ Detective


Zena Scott-Archer’s relative, Lyndsay Bird, has written a novel based on Zena’s detective cases in postwar Liverpool. It will … read more

Bookseller True Crime

The Bookseller has featured Private Inquiries in its preview of books out in October, chosen by Caroline Sanderson.… read more

Cover Reveal Private Inquiries


Private Inquiries: The Secret History of Female Sleuths will be published on October 12, 2023

The book can be … read more

Ask the Author

A Q&A on the research behind Queens of the Underworld. Read here

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Queens Blog Tour

The Queens of the Underworld blog tour runs from April 20th to May 5th.… read more

Autofiction Margate Bookie

I’ll be teaching a workshop on autofiction at the Margate Bookie’s Write Up!, on May 27th at 12pm. More … read more

Thames swimming pioneers

Swim, a new magazine for swimmers, includes my feature on Thames pioneers from the past, such as Agnes Beckwith … read more

‘Your money or your life’

Why do we write when the monetary rewards are so low? I chatted to Melissa Benn for a feature in… read more