Mr Joseph Callum Maxwell
Journalist at the Gaslight Gazette
Clumsy and unworldly with a definite lack of common sense. These are just some of the traits that may be attributed to the 21 year old journalist. Yet, his clumsiness is endearing, his unworldliness charming, and his lack of common sense can provide him with the courage to act first and ask questions later—a useful trait in times of danger. A naturally nervous individual, who’s easily intimidated by others, Mr Maxwell may often be seen wiping his sweaty palms upon his frock coat, and heard stuttering & stumbling over his words.
Dr. Lynette Locke
General Medical Doctor
Doctor Locke is fully qualified as she trained at the legitimate institute of the London School of Medicine for Women. She's married to the hugely successful illusionist, Percival Locke, but is wealthy in her own right. Her primary general medical practice is located on Harley Street, where she treats the wealthier women of London. She also carries out home visits of poorer patients who are unable to afford regular doctors' fees. Determined to succeed in her chosen profession, often against sexist-led prejudice, Lynette knpws she can always rely on her husband's open support. Her success doesn't depend upon her husband's support, however, but on her own highly developed skills as a doctor.
Miss Georgina Louise Dexter
Semi-Professional Artist & Art Night School Teacher
Meek in body language, polite in manner, and softly spoken, Miss Dexter may easily be mistaken for an unworldly 18 year old. Referred to as “Georgie” by her parents, whom she resides with, Georgina also chooses to exhibit her art work under the pseudonym of George Dexter. A faithful follower of etiquette, Miss Dexter nonetheless has the ability to show strength in assertiveness when the situation calls for it.
Lady Katheryne Owston
Freelance Journalist for the Women's Signal and Truth publications
Fortunate enough to enjoy financial independence on account of her late husband taking the unusual step of bequeathing his entire estate to her, Lady Owston is strong willed and persistent in her endeavours. A member of the Writers' Club, in addition to her freelance work for the above publications, Katheryne is a also familar figure among the creatively minded women of London. She's also well-known to the retailers of Oxford Street, specifically the department store owners, as she regularly features their stores and the latest fashions in her articles. Her elevated financial status gives her access to the upper class ladies of London, too—even if they don't always see eye to eye on certain matters. Obliged to play the part of a stereotypically ignorant aristocrat at times, for the purposes of garnering information, Lady Owston is actually empathtic toward her fellow human being and will always bestow credit where credit is due, regardless of a person's social standing.
Mr Bertram Stephen Heath
Architect & Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects
An amiable man, Mr Heath has a tendency to lose his focus on the topic at hand and go off on a tangent—particularly when the topic is something he knows a lot about, e.g. architecture. Though he has only been a practising architect for 5 years, he has passed the age of 21 (he’s 25) so has been able to become an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. A man who neither smokes nor drinks alcohol, Mr Heath’s only “vice” is his addiction to hard-boiled sweets, notably Pear Drops. He may usually be seen with a paper bag full either in his pocket or on his desk—or both!
Mr Virgil Daniel Verity
Spiritualist and retired schoolteacher
At age 60, Mr Verity is one of the Society’s oldest members. His Father was a reverend who expected Virgil to follow in his footsteps. Mr Verity preferred a life of education, though, and became a school teacher instead. His Christian faith, and the rise of spiritualism in the 1870s, compelled him to start investigating the paranormal and the uncanny in an effort to prove there is life after death. Mr Verity was born in County Durham and still spends a great deal of time there. His surname is derived from a nickname meaning “truth”.
Miss Polly Hicks
Polly’s surname is unknown but she is nonetheless a close friend of Miss Trent’s, in addition to being a member of the Bow Street Society. Her occupation as a barmaid for a bar on an underground station’s platform means she often hears or sees things that could, potentially, prove useful to a case the Society has been asked to investigate on behalf of a client.
Mr Samuel “Sam” Snyder
Fully licensed Cabman & Driver for the Bow Street Society
At aged 48 Mr Snyder is one of the oldest members of the Bow Street Society. Prior to becoming the permanent driver for the Society he earnt his living driving Hansom cabs for hire around London. As a result, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of London’s streets, tram routes, omnibus routes, railway network, and even underground network. He’s also retained the friendships he forged with the other cabmen over the years so will often visit the cabman shelters that are dotted across London.
Mr Percival Locke
Illusionist & Owner of The Paddington Palladium, London
A famous magician who is no stranger to the limelight, Mr Locke is arrogant and charming in equal measure. His knowledge of magic trick mechanics serves him well in making the impossible possible, both on stage and off. Though his act does not include Escape Artistry, Mr Locke is nonetheless in possession of locksmith expertise—specifically an extensive knowledge of different lock types and how they may be “opened” without a key.
Here's you'll find the names and information of known Bow Street Society members and the published works they appear in. These works include the main series of Bow Street Society Mystery books and the Casebook short stories. Where a character has featured in a short story, the work is referred to in its collection form, e.g. The Case of The Shrinking Shopkeeper & Other Stories.
Mr Gregory Elliott
A successful criminal lawyer who may often be seen defending his clients in the Central Criminal Court of the Old Bailey, Mr Elliott is also a member of the Law Society. Logical to the point of being cold, Mr Elliott is very guarded, choosing to keep his mind focused on the matter at hand. Despite being only 28 years old, he has a strong sense of morality so always ensures his client is telling him the truth of a matter before taking on his or her case.
Miss Bernice Joy Kershaw and Miss Brenda Lily Kershaw
Identical twins Bernice and Brenda have a clock maker’s shop in Cheapside that they run under the guise of the Kershaw Brothers. Unmarried at the age of 30, the sisters are considered spinsters. They enjoy a closeness typically found between twins; they complete one another’s sentences and seem to intuitively know the other’s thoughts. Their expertise extends beyond clock making into automata and clockwork toys.
Rather than being one omniscient detective investigating crimes the Bow Street Society is a group of amateur detectives who work together to solve a mystery. Each has been chosen for a particular skill or high degree of knowledge they possess in a specific field. These areas of expertise are derived from the member's usual occupation and form the basis of their deductions. Yet the Bow Street Society group is not static; different members may be assigned to different cases dependant on what the scenario of the case is. As a result, not every Society member will be chosen to investigate every case.
The Bow Street Society is still in its infancy having only investigated minor frauds and offences in the first year of its inception. With The Case of the Curious Client though comes a turning point in the Society’s fortunes. Now it has been given the opportunity to not only realise its full potential but also to prove its trustworthiness, discretion, and determination to uphold its mantra of justice for all, by all. Though its public face may change with each new member that works under its banner, the Society’s values forever remain the same. This is why it’s both the main character and the means through which a mystery may be solved.
For reasons of safety, the Society’s members are not permitted to know, or see, a full list of its membership. The fact there are so many members also means it’s unlikely one single member would ever work alongside every other member over the course of their time with the Society. Obviously it would be impractical for members to not be told who some of their colleagues are, especially when they’re required to work alongside each other on a case. Even in these circumstances though there are varying degrees of secrecy from member to member. For example, in The Case of The Curious Client Dr Weeks is known to be a member of the Society by some of its other members but this fact is hidden from the police.
Dr. Percy Weeks
Doctor of Pathology
A doctor of pathology who refers to the corpses he dissects as “meat”, Percy Weeks is rude, tactless, foul mouthed, and foul minded. He will always speak his mind, and never cares if anyone’s offended by what he says. He enjoys alcohol—lots and lots of alcohol—and women, not necessarily in that order. A Canadian by birth he retains his accent despite having lived in London for many years. The 29 year old may often be seen at crime scenes examining the bodies of murder victims on behalf of Scotland Yard, though he’s not always compatible with the police officers he’s working alongside. It should be noted, however, that his involvement with the Bow Street Society is not known to the Metropolitan Police.
Miss Rebecca Trent
Clerk for The Bow Street Society
Appeared in: All published worksand The Case of The Curious Client book trailer
Despite being only 28 years old, Miss Trent still has a complicated past prior to becoming the clerk of the Bow Street Society—a past that shan’t be disclosed here. She’s responsible for interviewing everyone who wishes to hire the Society to investigate a case. It’s also her job to interview & hire new Bow Street Society members, expel/discipline troublesome members from the Society, choose which members to assign to any given case, and oversee Bow Street Society meetings. Though her role within the Society is a highly important one, (she’s the only one who knows the identities of every single member), she is not the one who solves the cases. This is left in the hands of the members she assigns. Even when she oversees the meetings, it is only to facilitate the discussions that lead the members into deciding what their next course of action should be.
Mr Callahan Stephen Skinner
Private Bodyguard and former Royal Navy officer
Born in 1858 to an Irish Mother and English Father in Northern Ireland, Mr Skinner joined Her Majesty’s Royal Navy as an adult. Rising to the rank of officer and serving beneath Captain Mirrell, Mr Skinner was forced to retire from the Navy following an accident on board ship that resulted in his losing his right hand. He also has burn scarring on the right side of his jaw and cheek. Captain Mirrell later arranged for Mr Skinner to act as personal bodyguard to Lady Mirrell while Captain Mirrell was away at sea. This is a duty Mr Skinner has fulfilled for the past eight years.
Miss Agnes Webster
Secretary to Lady Katheryne Owston
A woman whose appearance could be described as "underwelming", Miss Webster nonetheless carries an attractive air of great strength about her . She's fiercely loyal to her employer while also enjoying a close relationship with her. Far from being meek or demure, Miss Webster isn't afraid to speak her mind or challenge the men around her—even if this means causing offence. The only fear she appears to have is that of naked flames, preferring to avoid them at all times. Excellent shorthand note taking, and complex document navigation, are but two of the things which entitled her to membership of the Society.
Dr. Rupert William Alexander
Scottish by birth, Dr. Alexander has lived in London for many years. After taking the 3 year course he graduated from the Royal Veterinary College and, since that time, has been running his own private veterinary practise. He also volunteers at the Poor People’s Out-Patient Clinic, that was set up by the Royal Veterinary College in 1879. As a result, he holds strong beliefs when it comes to the welfare & treatment of animals. He’s 37 years old and married with a son.