Waif Wander

Pseudonym Of

Mary Fortune

Mary Fortune (c. 1833-1910?) migrated from Canada to the Australian goldfields in 1855. She published her first detective stories in the Australian Journal in 1865, using the pseudonyms of 'Waif Wander' and 'W. W.'. In all, she wrote over 500 detective stories over 40 years, most featuring Detective Mark Sinclair. Her one book, The Detective's Album (1871), is the first known collection of detective fiction stories by a woman. She died an alcoholic, the date and place still unknown - somehow fitting for this pioneering woman of mystery.

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Review THE FORTUNES OF MARY FORTUNE - Lucy Sussex (ed)
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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Blog Currently Reading - The Fortunes of Mary Fortune, Lucy Sussex (ed)
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Monday, November 2, 2009
Review THREE MURDER MYSTERIES - Mary Fortune
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Blog Currently Reading - Three Murder Mysteries, Mary Fortune
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Friday, July 24, 2009

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