The Old Man in the Corner


Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.5 stars; 241 reviews)

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. (Summary from Wikipedia) (6 hr 20 min)

Chapters

The Fenchurch Street Mystery 13:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Millionaire in the Dock 18:24 Read by J. M. Smallheer
His Deduction & The Robbery in Phillimore Terrace 15:59 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Night's Adventure & All He Knew 20:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The York Mystery 9:27 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Capital Charge & A Broken-Hearted Woman 24:47 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway 20:18 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Mr. Errington 14:48 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Liverpool Mystery 14:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Cunning Rascal 10:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Edinburgh Mystery 7:56 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Terrible Plight 9:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Non Proven & Undeniable Facts 14:12 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Theft at the English Provident Bank 13:10 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Conflicting Evidence & An Alibi 17:22 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Dublin Mystery & Forgery 19:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Memorable Day & An Unparalleled Outrage 16:27 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Prisoner 17:31 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A Sensation & Two Blackguards 9:57 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Regent’s Park Murder 12:34 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Motive & Friends 15:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The De Genneville Peerage 9:23 Read by J. M. Smallheer
A High-Bred Gentleman 10:30 Read by J. M. Smallheer
The Living and the Dead & The Mysterious Death in Percy Street 17:55 Read by J. M. Smallheer
Suicide or Murder? & The End 24:58 Read by J. M. Smallheer

Reviews

Good Orczy enjoyable book


(4 stars)

I really enjoyed this book,and the little old man. J.M. Smallheer adds her very great narration as always to a group of nice tales. I really find this author's works very entertaining, and this book is well worth a listen. Thanks to Librivox.and to J. M. Smallheer for a very enjoyable experience.

GOOD DIVERSION


(3.5 stars)

As in "LADY MOLLY OF SCOTLAND YARD" the stories are too briefly drawn to have much meat, but they are interesting and do present short diversions. Worth the time, especially the ending.


(4 stars)

Great job by reader.again.as in all.her.works. Just find all of.Orczy.work.enjoyable.and good plots to hold my.intetest well worth.a listen

Very enjoyable


(5 stars)

Nice collection of stories well read

One extra story (Omitted from collection) Text only, not audio.


(4 stars)

http://famous-and-forgotten-fiction.com/writings/orczy-the-old-man-in-the-corner/orczy-the-glasgow-mystery.html - Apparently objected to, when published, due to inaccuracies in its portrayal of Scottish Legal system. Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiMAKabWqT4 A retelling of "The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway" part of the "Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" TV series from the early 70's. The old man does not appear, and his lines are usurped by the hitherto invisible Sir Arthur Inglewood, magnificently hammed up by John Savident. Polly, then is the main character, and Judy Geeson, who plays her, is ably supported by a cast that includes Richard Beckinsale and Christopher Timothy. So for British viewers well worth a look, but not for the purist. I must say "Thank You" to Librivox for this upload. And For https://archive.org/details/ladymolly_1104_librivox which I have yet to listen to.

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(4 stars)

Well read by J. M. Smallheer. This story by Baroness Orczy, kept my attention in a story that I will listen to again. The Old Man in the Corner is a detective story. I was initially unsure if I would enjoy it - but I did. Those of you who share my love for detective stories go ahead and download this one and put it in your digital library - Enjoy! I am giving it 4 stars only because there are other books/stories I have listened to that I could not put down (so to speak/write).

another great Orczy group of mysteries!


(4 stars)

Love all of this authors books. Thanks to reader and found the old man character very interesting. Good easy to follow mystries. Thanks to all. Enjoy

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(3 stars)

Good as something to listen to, in the background, while working or driving.. Nothing earth-shattering. Nothing exceptional. Aside from a few irksome mispronunciations, it is well read.