Author of the classic The Old Man in the Corner.
The Old Man in the Cornerby Baroness Orczy
The Old Man In the Corner is one of three books of short stories featuring Orczy's armchair detective (dramatically
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Created by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, The Old Man In the Corner was one of the earliest armchair detectives, popping up with so many others in the wake of the huge popularity of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The Old Man In the Corner is one of three books of short stories featuring Orczy's armchair detective (dramatically revealed as Bill Owen in final story of this book). Although it contains the earliest written and published stories in the series, this book was not published until 1909, four years after The Case of Miss Elliott. The last book in the series is Unravelled Knots.
The Old Man relies mostly upon sensationalistic "penny dreadful" newspaper accounts, with the occasional courtroom visit. He narrates all this information, while tying complicated knots in a piece of string, to a female Journalist who frequents the same tea-shop (the A.B.C. Teashop on the corner of Norfolk Street and the Strand). They enjoy an antagonistic relationship, as the Journalist attempts to cut the Old Man's ego down to size and the Old Man trumps her every time.
The mysteries themselves are typical of Edwardian crime fiction, resting on a solid foundation of unhappy marriages and the inequitable division of family property. Other aspects of the time are illustrated by a murder in the London underground system; murder of a female doctor; and two cases involving artists living in "bohemian" lodgings. Another new and noteworthy feature of these cases: no one is ever brought to justice, and in fact most of the villains cannot be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Deserves to be better known.
A great detective novel. One of the classics.