Mary Fortune never signed her name to her fiction. She was known as WW or Waif Wander. She did her life under these pseudonyms. She wrote and had published over five hundred crime stories all set in Australia. In 1871 a collection of these were published with the title The Detective's Album.
This incredible writer has been largely forgotten and was unknown as a person until Lucy Sussex took up her cause and went in search of her life.
The three 'Murder Mysteries' here published are examples of Mary Fortune's great skill in writing 'detective fiction' at this early period when the genre was in the beginning stages of a now popular form of fiction. The three stories are introduced by Lucy Sussex.