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The Old Man in the Corner

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Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,586 / 212 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.8
LoC Category: PR
Series: Queen's Quorum
Downloads: 3,494
Added to site: 2005.12.27 12334
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Four thrilling mysteries by the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel:
The Fenchurch Street Mystery
The Robbery in Phillimore Terrace
The York Mystery
The Regent's Park Murder

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se, was loud in denouncing Smethurst, and the police had no doubt a very strong case against him, for two days after the discovery of the body in the barge, the Siberian millionaire, as he was already popularly called by enterprising interviewers, was arrested in his luxurious suite of rooms at the Hotel Cecil.

"To confess the truth, at this point I was not a little puzzled. Mrs. Kershaw's story and Smethurst's letters had both found their way into the papers, and following my usual method--mind you, I am only an amateur, I try to reason out a case for the love of the thing--I sought about for a motive for the crime, which the police declared Smethurst had committed. To effectually get rid of a dangerous blackmailer was the generally accepted theory. Well! did it ever strike you how paltry that motive really was?"

Miss Polly had to confess, however, that it had never struck her in that light.

"Surely a man who had succeeded in building up an immense fortune by his own individual efforts,

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.7 from 3 reviews: *****

superb book i have ever read in ma life


Just finished reading The Old Man in the Corner last night. I really loved the way Baroness Orczy uses the settings of the cafe and the discussions that happen between Polly and the old man in the corner. He so easily unravels the mysteries that baffle the police and then would care less if the police catch the criminals. It is always about the crime and how well it was engineered. The book kept my attention the whole way though. A wonderful collection of stories, well written with an interesting ending.

It's a 5 star read!


I read this story a long time ago and only recently read it again. I think I enjoyed it better this time. It's so well done.

I've read quite a few of this lady's titles and she never fails to completely captivate my attention and remove me in time and place. Few books do that anymore.

I sincerely hope she made a fortune from her writing because if she didn't, there is no justice.



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