Miss Cayley's Adventures

Miss Cayley s Adventures When her stepfather dies Miss Lois Cayley finds herself alone in the world with only twopence in her pocket Undaunted the intelligent attractive and infinitely resourceful young woman decides to s

  • Title: Miss Cayley's Adventures
  • Author: Grant Allen
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  • Page: 492
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  • When her stepfather dies, Miss Lois Cayley finds herself alone in the world with only twopence in her pocket Undaunted, the intelligent, attractive, and infinitely resourceful young woman decides to set off in search of adventure Her travels take her from London to Germany, Italy, Egypt, and India, as she faces various challenges and meets an assortment of eccentric charWhen her stepfather dies, Miss Lois Cayley finds herself alone in the world with only twopence in her pocket Undaunted, the intelligent, attractive, and infinitely resourceful young woman decides to set off in search of adventure Her travels take her from London to Germany, Italy, Egypt, and India, as she faces various challenges and meets an assortment of eccentric characters But when her true love, Harold Tillington, finds himself accused of forging a will and faces prison, Miss Cayley will need all her ingenuity to investigate the case, solve the mystery, and save Harold from the diabolical plot One of the first novels to feature a female detective, Grant Allen s Miss Cayley s Adventures 1899 remains as witty, enjoyable, and engaging today as when first published This edition includes a new introduction by Elizabeth Foxwell Scholars might be loath to hear this, but, popular culture being the continuum that it is, Miss Cayley s Adventures can be seen as a superior example of the chick lit of its era Its heroine remains to this day as appealing and amusing as any Bridget Jones, and her exploits are filled with moments of wit, action, and sheer fun Michele Slung, editor, Crime on her Mind Fifteen Stories of Female Sleuths from the Victorian Era to the Forties Grant Allen s entertaining Miss Cayley is as lively now as when she first appeared in the Strand in 1898 The reprinting of Miss Cayley s Adventures is sure to please readers who admire active and clever women protagonists Sheer fun Carolyn Hart, author of Death Walked In Mystery readers will be swept away by the adventures of Grant Allen s almost forgotten female sleuth, Miss Cayley With her unique, independent, and most unladylike behavior, the intelligent Miss Cayley plays an important role in the long line of distaff detectives A must for mystery readers and academics Janet Rudolph, editor, Mystery Readers Journal

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    1. Grant Allen

      Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen February 24, 1848 October 25, 1899 was a science writer and novelist, and a successful upholder of the theory of evolution.He was born near Kingston, Canada West now incorporated into Ontario , the second son of Catharine Ann Grant and the Rev Joseph Antisell Allen, a Protestant minister from Dublin, Ireland His mother was a daughter of the fifth Baron of Longueuil He was educated at home until, at age 13, he and his parents moved to the United States, then France and finally the United Kingdom He was educated at King Edward s School in Birmingham and Merton College in Oxford, both in the United Kingdom After graduation, Allen studied in France, taught at Brighton College in 1870 71 and in his mid twenties became a professor at Queen s College, a black college in Jamaica.Despite his religious father, Allen became an agnostic and a socialist After leaving his professorship, in 1876 he returned to England, where he turned his talents to writing, gaining a reputation for his essays on science and for literary works One of his early articles, Note Deafness a description of what is now called amusia, published in 1878 in the learned journal Mind is cited with approval in a recent book by Oliver Sacks.His first books were on scientific subjects, and include Physiological sthetics 1877 and Flowers and Their Pedigrees 1886 He was first influenced by associationist psychology as it was expounded by Alexander Bain and Herbert Spencer, the latter often considered the most important individual in the transition from associationist psychology to Darwinian functionalism In Allen s many articles on flowers and perception in insects, Darwinian arguments replaced the old Spencerian terms On a personal level, a long friendship that started when Allen met Spencer on his return from Jamaica, also grew uneasy over the years Allen wrote a critical and revealing biographical article on Spencer that was published after Spencer was dead.After assisting Sir W W Hunter in his Gazeteer of India in the early 1880s, Allen turned his attention to fiction, and between 1884 and 1899 produced about 30 novels In 1895, his scandalous book titled The Woman Who Did, promulgating certain startling views on marriage and kindred questions, became a bestseller The book told the story of an independent woman who has a child out of wedlock.In his career, Allen wrote two novels under female pseudonyms One of these was the short novel The Type writer Girl, which he wrote under the name Olive Pratt Rayner.Another work, The Evolution of the Idea of God 1897 , propounding a theory of religion on heterodox lines, has the disadvantage of endeavoring to explain everything by one theory This ghost theory was often seen as a derivative of Herbert Spencer s theory However, it was well known and brief references to it can be found in a review by Marcel Mauss, Durkheim s nephew, in the articles of William James and in the works of Sigmund Freud.He was also a pioneer in science fiction, with the 1895 novel The British Barbarians This book, published about the same time as H G Wells s The Time Machine, which includes a mention of Allen, also described time travel, although the plot is quite different His short story The Thames Valley Catastrophe published 1901 in The Strand Magazine describes the destruction of London by a sudden and massive volcanic eruption.Many histories of detective fiction also mention Allen as an innovator His gentleman rogue, the illustrious Colonel Clay, is seen as a forerunner to later characters In fact, Allen s character bears strong resemblance to Maurice Leblanc s French works about Ars ne Lupin, published many years later and both Miss Cayley s Adventures and Hilda Wade feature early female detectives.Allen was married twi

    703 thoughts on “Miss Cayley's Adventures”

    1. Lois Cayley is the quick-witted, sharp-tongued, stout-hearted heroine of this sweet little novel. She's so clever and masterful that her various triumphs come as no surprise, but her asides are so amusing that her near-perfection is never annoying. The quips and bon mots are hilarious (see my status updates for examples), and the characters memorable. The women are just as capable, full of agency, and rife with both foibles and strengths (including higher mathematics), as the men. The n-word pop [...]

    2. The Good• Dry humor My employer wrote, ‘You are a born journalist.’ I confess this surprised me; for I have always considered myself a truthful person. Still, as he evidently meant it for praise, I took the doubtful compliment in good part, and offered no remonstrance.”• Illustrations! There are over 75 of them. I don’t know why illustrations ever fell out of favor, I absolutely love them.The Bad• Snappy ReparteeThere is a bit too much of it between some of the characters. I am not [...]

    3. Well, that was fun! Beyond the entertainment value, though, it's interesting to see the character of this highly independent Victorian woman as written by a man of the period. More shortly. I'm putting it under mystery/crime fiction, but it goes well beyond being just another set of adventures of a female detective.

    4. Well, this novel is, shall we say, comprehensive.Lois Cayley's stepfather dies. He is her last near relation and she is left penniless, so she quite naturally decides to take a trip around the world. Who wouldn't? Along the way she hunts out new sources of income, or sometimes things find her. By turns she is a temporary lady's maid for a cantankerous old woman, a bicycle racer, a living bicycle advertisement and saleswoman, house sitter, preventer of theft and fraud, tiger hunter (I don't like [...]

    5. A sparkling beginning - audacious heroine decides to work her way around the world by her wits. At first, her spirit is refreshing and fun, but the "adventures" are more than serendipitous as they spin out, and become repetitive as a result. The last bit is on another tack altogether - so, uneven storytelling killed my enjoyment. A really excellent beginning, though, wish it had followed through.

    6. Marvelous story from shortly before the turn of the century. Bright and fun and easy to read. Miss Cayley is a New Woman determined to travel the world on only her wits, she is educated, stubborn, independent, and remorseful. (Not to mention beautiful, charming and cutting.) This book does not read at all old fashioned, it's quite easy and fun.

    7. Miss Cayley's Adventures was a recommendation by , which I succeeded to get in e-book format. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and the exploits of "the adventuress" Miss Cayley. The book was a good mix of the wit of Oscar Wilde, the worldliness of Jules Verne, and the intrigue of Agatha Christie. There were many things to like about the book. Some might contain spoilers so I will put them hereforth under the spoiler tag. (view spoiler)[First was the sparkling wit and pure gumption [...]

    8. I had heard of Grant Allen when I was research H. G. Wells; like Wells, Allen was a popular writer, and there's some idea that some of Allen's semi-ghostly tales might have inspired parts of the future in Wells's The Time Machine. (Am writing this on my iPad, forgive inability to italicize.) At some point, this ended up on my list of things to read, and thanks to some LA traffic and the kind (and generally excellent) readers at Librivox, I was able to polish this off pretty quickly this week.Now [...]

    9. Missie will hate Miss Cayley's Adventures for the same reasons she hated Name of the Wind. Miss Cayley is too damn good at everything. But Name of the Wind was funny, there was real swashbucklement, the plot moved forward, it wasn't racist. Missie recommended Miss Cayley's Adventures to me based on this glowing Toast article: the-toast/2014/09/03/lois- and it is a whole hell of a lot better than most New Woman literature, but that's not saying much. Miss Cayley shoots one tiger, but mostly she r [...]

    10. Full review at Smart Bitches, Trashy BooksMiss Cayley’s Adventures, written in 1899, is so adorable that if it were a person I’d marry it. I loved this book so much, particularly the first half, which is pure delight. In the second half of the book, Miss Cayley’s travels bring us face to face with some racial issues which are treated somewhat progressively but fall far short of achieving a successful resolution. While the book is quite progressive in terms of race given the year in which i [...]

    11. I got this book for free from after reading about it on Smart Bitches and was mostly quite charmed by it (though it did take me a LONG time to read, especially on Overdrive and their persistent use of percentages rather than page numbers, what's the point of that, I might ask? I finally switched over to Aldiko and was so much happier). Unfortunately, this book is a product of its times and super racist.Anyway, Miss Lois Cayley is about to be kicked out of school and has very little money to her [...]

    12. My previous experience with Grant Allen was with his rather dreary New Woman novel, The Woman Who Did. When author Gail Carriger mentioned Miss Cayley's Adventures, it sounded like an entirely different take on the New Woman, and it is. Miss Cayley is a recent graduate of Girton College, Cambridge, left penniless on the decease of her stepfather. She sets out to see the world with two shillings in her pocket, and succeeds brilliantly, precisely because of the qualities that make her a New Woman [...]

    13. Serendipity, coincidence, ingenuity, and just plain dumb luck are all on the side of plucky heroine Lois Cayley in Grant Allen's Miss Cayley's Adventures. At times the perfection of Miss Cayley wears a bit thin, but her personality and observations remain enjoyable throughout. While the book was originally published in 1899, the writing style does not feel extremely dated. Some of the language, however, is no longer acceptable and the author chose to alter grammar to indicate that characters are [...]

    14. I haven't read a story from this period in some time, so it was a refreshing treat. Lois is great fun, and well developed. Fair warning: there is some period racism here. If it's going to bother you, don't read this. I didn't find it overwhelming, but I'm also willing (usually) to allow a period its realities. Attitudes towards gender, social class, nationalism, and race are fairly typical for the time; Mr. Allen was by no means ahead of his day. That being said, it's fun to see the ways in whic [...]

    15. A fun book, right up until the (view spoiler)[blackface (hide spoiler)]. I was like "maybe this was a serial thing, and the author wrote himself into a corner and panicked and picked a terrible plot twist," but no, it was an integral part of the plot from the very beginning, when (view spoiler)[the love interest was described as “A tall, languid young man; large, poetical eyes; an artistic moustache - just a trifle Oriental-looking."(hide spoiler)]"Product of its times" or not, that was deeply [...]

    16. Miss Cayley sets out upon the world with tuppence in her pocket, a college education (Girton College at Cambridge), plenty of vim, and a determination to go 'round the world. And she manages it too! She moves along in easy stages traveling to Germany as a maid/companion to a crusty dowager, wins a race, sells bicycles in Switzerland, sets up a typing business in Florence, writes travelogues up and down the Nile, etc, etc and generally keeps herself busy and productive. Meanwhile, she deals with [...]

    17. Yay! Grant Allen's novel "An African Millionaire" is one of my all time faves, so I was stoked for this. The fact that I could read it for free on Kindle was the awesome icing on the awesome cake. Allen, a progressive thinker, creates an independent female protagonist who travels around on a bike thwarting crime and being amazing. Read this. Get on it.

    18. Enjoyable readGood plot, very entertaining for the most part but as with most books depicting that era, a bit too much 'empty reading' in some parts for my taste. For persons who enjoy detailed, beat around the bush build up, its perfect. Totally enjoyed it, although I skipped thru some of the detailed writing.

    19. Miss Cayley is a positive-thinking and very capable lady who calls herself an "adventuress." There is a point in the book when you think life is just too easy for clever Miss Cayley, and then intrigue and mystery! A fun read. Funny dialogue too! My favorite line: "But who would marry such a piece of moist clay?"

    20. Bother! I really wanted to like, even love, this book! What should have been an excellent turn of the century "new woman" novel just couldn't hold it together across so many silly & unlikely adventures.

    21. A Rather funny and interesting tale. I wouldn't agree with everything, and there were a few bad words (not many) and a slight tone of racism at a few scenes. Lois Cayley is intelligent and the adventures she has and the characters she meets are amusing.

    22. I didn't like every man who entered the setting falling for dear Miss Cayley, but I was fun, and I like the bits about bicycles, tiger hunting, and British colonialist bigotry.This was a fun, frivolous adventure story.

    23. "Adventures are to the adventurous. They abound on every side; but only the chosen few have the courage to embrace them. And they will not come to you: you must go out to seek them. Then they meet you half-way, and rush into your arms, for they know their true lovers."

    24. Light and amusing, but also quite progressive (esp. given that it was written in 1899!). Modern authors could take notes on how to write a self-reliant adventurous heroine who manages to have a romance without shutting her brain off.

    25. A surprisingly modern story written in the late 1800's. I enjoyed the women's empowerment, but the colonialism and prejudice are difficult for a modern reader to accept. Some excellent pithy observations on class structure and British society are very amusing.

    26. Quite boring except for the first chapter and the final three chapters. Lady Georgina Fawley had the honour of being one of the most enjoyable and memorable characters I've came across in fiction.


    28. Very enjoyable book written in the late 1800's when bicycles and typewriters were new inventions. Surprisingly readable and fun.

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