I loved Baroness Emmuska Orzcy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. That story, and its sequels, are probably better known than her mystery stories. The Scarlet Pimpernel was even made into a musical. But, I remember reading her short stories about the Old Man in the Corner with fondness. It's nice to know they are back in print.
This anonymous character, known only as the Old Man in the Corner, was one of the earliest and greatest of the armchair detectives. The first story appeared in a magazine in 1901. Polly Burton, a young reporter of the Evening Observer, brought cases to him, where he sat in his chair in a London tea shop. Without leaving that chair, he would unravel the complex cases, as he tied and untied complicated knots in a piece of string. He's a brilliant man, who uses his intelligence to successfully find a resolution to each story. He is also unusual in that he often feels sympathy for the criminal.
For anyone who enjoys complicated short mysteries, these are a treat. And, it's a treat to see them back in print, in hardcover, paperback, and even large print.
The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy. 1st World Library, published 2006. ISBN 9781421800103 (hardcover), 296p.
And, for other Friday "Forgotten" Books, check out Patti Abbott's website at www.pattinase.blogspot.com, where she summarizes all the suggestions for Friday.
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