Lady Molly of Scotland Yard


Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.5 stars; 612 reviews)

Lady Molly of Scotland Yard is a collection of short stories about Molly Robertson-Kirk, an early fictional female detective. It was written by Baroness Orczy, who is best known as the creator of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but who also invented two immortal turn-of-the-century detectives in The Old Man in the Corner and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. First published in 1910, Orczy’s female detective was the precursor of the lay sleuth who relies on brains rather than brawn. The book soon became very popular, with three editions appearing in the first year. As well as being one of the first novels to feature a female detective as the main character, Orczy’s outstandingly successful police officer preceded her real life female counterparts by a decade.(Introduction from Wikipedia) (7 hr 51 min)

Chapters

01 - The Ninescore Mystery, Part 1 12:46 Read by J. M. Smallheer
02 - The Ninescore Mystery, Part 2 8:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
03 - The Ninescore Mystery, Part 3 5:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
04 - The Ninescore Mystery, Part 4 10:38 Read by J. M. Smallheer
05 - The Frewin Miniatures, Part 1 9:11 Read by J. M. Smallheer
06 - The Frewin Miniatures, Part 2 12:27 Read by J. M. Smallheer
07 - The Frewin Miniatures, Part 3-4 14:14 Read by J. M. Smallheer
08 - The Irish Tweed Coat, Part 1 12:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
09 - The Irish Tweed Coat, Part 2 9:06 Read by J. M. Smallheer
10 - The Irish Tweed Coat, Part 3 6:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer
11 - The Irish Tweed Coat, Part 4 9:49 Read by J. M. Smallheer
12 - The Fordwych Castle Mystery, Part 1 9:35 Read by J. M. Smallheer
13 - The Fordwych Castle Mystery, Part 2 16:02 Read by J. M. Smallheer
14 - The Fordwych Castle Mystery, Part 3 12:30 Read by J. M. Smallheer
15 - A Day's Folly, Part 1 7:57 Read by J. M. Smallheer
16 - A Day's Folly, Part 2 4:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
17 - A Day's Folly, Part 3 12:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
18 - A Day's Folly, Part 4 12:59 Read by J. M. Smallheer
19 - A Castle in Brittany, Part 1 6:07 Read by J. M. Smallheer
20 - A Castle in Brittany, Part 2 15:15 Read by J. M. Smallheer
21 - A Castle in Brittany, Part 3 8:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
22 - A Castle in Brittany, Part 4 12:56 Read by J. M. Smallheer
23 - A Christmas Tragedy, Part 1 11:03 Read by J. M. Smallheer
24 - A Christmas Tragedy, Part 2 6:57 Read by J. M. Smallheer
25 - A Christmas Tragedy, Part 3 7:13 Read by J. M. Smallheer
26 - A Christmas Tragedy, Part 4 8:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
27 - A Christmas Tragedy, Part 5 13:07 Read by J. M. Smallheer
28 - The Bag of Sand, Part 1 4:45 Read by J. M. Smallheer
29 - The Bag of Sand, Part 2 6:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer
30 - The Bag of Sand, Part 3 3:01 Read by J. M. Smallheer
31 - The Bag of Sand, Part 4 7:43 Read by J. M. Smallheer
32 - The Bag of Sand, Part 5 13:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer
33 - The Man in the Inverness Cape, Part 1 5:57 Read by J. M. Smallheer
34 - The Man in the Inverness Cape, Part 2 9:11 Read by J. M. Smallheer
35 - The Man in the Inverness Cape, Part 3 25:03 Read by J. M. Smallheer
36 - The Woman in the Big Hat, Part 1 9:42 Read by J. M. Smallheer
37 - The Woman in the Big Hat, Part 2 6:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
38 - The Woman in the Big Hat, Part 3 9:33 Read by J. M. Smallheer
39 - The Woman in the Big Hat, Part 4 19:38 Read by J. M. Smallheer
40 - Sir Jeremiah's Will, Part 1 8:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
41 - Sir Jeremiah's Will, Part 2 7:46 Read by J. M. Smallheer
42 - Sir Jeremiah's Will, Part 3 4:44 Read by J. M. Smallheer
43 - Sir Jeremiah's Will, Part 4 5:04 Read by J. M. Smallheer
44 - Sir Jeremiah's Will, Part 5 11:47 Read by J. M. Smallheer
45 - The End, Part 1 5:20 Read by J. M. Smallheer
46 - The End, Part 2 8:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
47 - The End, Part 3 13:52 Read by J. M. Smallheer
46 - The End, Part 4 6:18 Read by J. M. Smallheer

Reviews

Lady Molly


(5 stars)

Another great narration by my favorite narrator J.M. Smallheer. The character Lady Molly is a very enjoyable one and one of Baroness Orczy enjoyable takes. J. M. Smallheer brings Lady Molly alive and keeps the listener in the tales till the very end. Fun but yet puzzling cases made me wanting more of Lady Molly!

A 1910 novel with a female detective


(3.5 stars)

Very well read! Enjoyable easy to listen to stories. Not a lot of depth or character development in the tales but the mystery concepts are fun and I love that this is such an early mystery novel with a strong female lead, a woman detective valued by the police!

Lady Molly


(5 stars)

I love a good mystery especially if its a crime story. I was on the edge the whole time I lustered. Thank you to the reader. She was terrific..... like .... Barbers Rosenblat..... yes... that's what I said...

Fun stories great narration


(5 stars)

J. M. Smallheer is a particular favorite of mine and she narrates these stories with her usual flair. She does some accents that are always cute and she brings Miss Molly and really her maid Mary to life. The stories about lady Molly are fun and entertaining. The ending was well done as often I find short stories within a main story can be hard to follow. This ending tied things up quite neatly. Enjoy!

SURPRISE


(4 stars)

The individual cases are good, light reading, each requiring something less than an hour. The last two, however, tie everything together in a surprise ending. The reader did a commendable job.

A True-hearted Woman


(5 stars)

I certainly agree with one passage in the book, which I will quote with, I believe, but one word changed: "...a true-hearted American woman is the finest product of God's earth, after all is said and done." In this I am an expert as the father of four beautiful, kind and loving daughters. I thought the reader did an excellent job in bringing this book to all of us and giving us the gift of her gift. I am a staunch admirer of female heroines and Lady Molly one one of my favorites. But this is a book which is so well written and read that I believe anyone would enjoy it. God bless Librivox and American women!!!

Memorable!


(5 stars)

I shan't be forgetting this book any time soon. Lady Molly is smart as a whip and is successful in solving crimes at a time it was not at all the thing for a lady to be doing. This is a series of short stories featuring a variety of types of crime to be solved and she excels in all cases, seeing things from a woman's point of view that her male counterparts have missed. This Librivox volunteer also does a marvelous job!


(4 stars)

A very enjoyable set of tales, though whenever Orczy writes a lower-class character I can't help but laugh at her a little - "Oh you really ARE a baroness, aren't you!" Unsurprisingly the best stories here are the ones about the inheritance disputes of the upper crust. If I were rating Librivox readers this one would be just a half-step below the best. Her narration is just a little on the monotone side but I really appreciate her work with accents.