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1 Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets: Investigating the Widow Detective in Neo- Victorian Crime Fiction' Nadine Muller (University of Hull) Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets: Investigating the Widow Detective in Neo- Victorian Crime Fiction' Nadine Muller (University of Hull)

2 Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets Mrs. Howes in Deep Mourning, ca. 1860-1870 Reproduced in Sophie Gilmartin, ‘The Sati, the Bride and the Widow: Sacrificial Woman in the Nineteenth Century’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 25: 1 (1997), pp.141-158 (p.148).

3 Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets Richard Redgrave, Preparing to Throw off her Weeds, 1846

4 Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily Series Lady Emily Ashton Daughter of Earl and Lady Bromley; Emily’s mother is a former lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria Viscount Philip Ashton Emily’s dead husband; keen hunter and collector of Greek and Roman art and literature Colin Hargreaves Government investigator and former best friend of Emily’s deceased husband Cécile du Lac An aristocratic French widow; iconoclast, patron of the arts Meg Emily’s capable if moody lady’s maid Davis Julia’s extremely able, loyal and likeable butler

5 Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily Series 2005 2009 2008 2007 2010

6 Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets Edward Killingworth Johnson, A Young Widow, 1877

7 Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets: Fashioning the Neo-Victorian Widow Dead Husbands & Dirty Secrets: Fashioning the Neo-Victorian Widow


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