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The Old Man in the Corner

Baroness Orczy (1865-1947)

1. 01 – The Fenchurch Street Mystery
2. 02 – The Millionaire in the Dock
3. 03-04 – His Deduction & The Robbery in Phillimore Terrace
4. 05-06 – A Night’s Adventure & All He Knew
5. 07 – The York Mystery
6. 08-09 – The Captial Charge & A Broken-Hearted Woman
7. 10 – The Mysterious Death in the Underground Railway
8. 11 – Mr Errington
9. 12 – The Liverpool Mystery
10. 13 – The Cunning Rascal
11. 14 – The Edinburgh Mystery
12. 15 – A Terrible Plight
13. 16-17 – Non Proven & Undeniable Facts
14. 18 – The Theft at the English Provident Bank
15. 19-20 – Conflicting Evidence & An Alibi
16. 21-22 – The Dublin Mystery & Forgery
17. 23-24 – A Memorable Day & An Unparalleled Outrage
18. 25 – The Prisoner
19. 26-27 – A Sensation & Two Blackguards
20. 28 – The Regent’s Park Murder
21. 29-30 – The Motive & Friends
22. 31 – The De Genneville Peerage
23. 32 – A High-Bred Gentleman
24. 33-34 – The Living and the Dead & The Mysterious Death in Percy Street
25. 35-36 – Suicide or Murder? & The End

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Summary

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 relies mostly upon sensationalistic “penny dreadful” newspaper accounts, with the occasional courtroom visit for extra laughs. He narrates all this information (while tying complicated knots in a piece of string) to a Lady Journalist who frequents the same tea-shop.

Reviews

andy wogan

- the old man in the corner

Very entertaining collection of short stories by baroness orczy, as an amateur sleuth you might spot a mistake in the De Genneville tale. The reader who I have found irritatingly fast on a previous occasion did an excellent job with this one.