A review by laurel00
Daring Duplicity, the Wellington Mysteries, Vol.1: Adventures of a Lesbian Victorian Detective, by Edale Lane

  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Wow, this was such a fun read! I had found myself stuck in a pretty strong reading slump the last month or so, and this was the absolute perfect novel to get me out of it. The formatting made for such a fast, yet entertaining book that I ended up finishing it within a day. I loved that each section presented one mystery, but the main character’s storyline followed through during the novel. It allowed me to really connect with her and her relationships, without it feeling overly heavy.

The characters were so loveable and I so wish to be like Stetson. If you’ve been looking for a lesbian Sherlock Holmes-style detective who is a total badass and also a total simp, then look no farther: this is the book for you. The mysteries were so fun to follow along, while also keeping you on your toes. The characters really showed moments of vulnerability, being sapphic women in Victorian-era England, which added an element of depth to the story.

There were definitely certain things that were glossed over maybe a bit too quickly, parts of the mysteries or the characters’ personal conflicts that could have been more developed. I do not think this was a huge issue however, as the fast pace of the novel is part of its charm, and is part of the reason that I am hoping we can eventually get a Vol. 2 of this series. I would absolutely recommend this book! 

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.