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  • Explosive Anarchy in 1892
    Dramatic real-world events inspired the plot of Murder By Vote, the third Penrose & Pyke Mystery. The story is set around the time of the formation of the Women’s Franchise League in Dunedin (28 April 1892). At that time, the local newspapers were peppered with reports of bombings by Anarchists overseas, such as this one:… Continue Reading →
  • Opposition to Women’s Suffrage
    Murder By Vote, the third Penrose & Pyke mystery, is set during the 1892 campaign for women’s franchise in New Zealand. The suffragists set out, once again, to prove that women wanted the right to vote, by collecting an enormous number of signatures on a petition to parliament. (The final petition, in 1893, was signed… Continue Reading →
  • Five Inspiring Suffragists
    The third book in the Penrose & Pyke Mysteries (Murder By Vote) gets to the heart of the women’s movement in New Zealand – the campaign for women’s suffrage in the early 1890s. In New Zealand – the first self-governing nation in the world where women won the right to vote – the suffrage campaign… Continue Reading →

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