Listeners will enjoy attempting to beat the armchair detective to the solution to the crimes in these stories by Emmuska Orczy. With a nod to the great Sherlock Holmes, The Old Man in the Corner is a collection of mysteries solved by the titular character without so much as ever leaving his favorite chair in the corner of his usual teashop. Veteran narrator, Walter Covell, gives an animated performance leading the listener through all of the detective's clever and intricate uses of deduction and reason. Whether one is a fan of mysteries or just keen plotting, this production of The Old Man in the Corner is a must listen.
"The Old Man" rivals Sherlock Holmes in his insightfulness but is much closer to Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, in his methods. Like Mycroft, the old man reasons through mystery cases but leaves the legwork to others. He sits in a cozy corner of a London teashop and unravels the baffling crimes of the day for an admiring lady journalist. Relying solely on his vast Holmesian powers of deduction the "strange looking" sleuth never deigns to visit the scene of the crime, question a suspect, or examine clues. According to him, "There is no such thing as a mystery in connection with any crime, provided intelligence is brought to bear upon its investigation."
The stories included in this volume are:
"The Fenchurch Street Mystery"
"The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railroad"
"The Mysterious Death in Percy Street"
"The Dublin Mystery"
"The Glascow Mystery"
"The Liverpool Mystery"
"The Case of Miss Eliot"
"The Lisson Grove Mystery"
"The Tragedy in Dartmore Terrace"
"The Tremarn Case"
"The Murder of Miss Pebmarsh"
"The Affair at the Novelty Theater"
These stories are part of the foundation of the mystery genre. These were one of the influences for Agatha Christie. The plots are clever and well developed.
The only thing I don't like is that the old man does not share his conclusions with anyone but Polly, who he relates his cases to. The criminals are not brought to justice.
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