Another addition to my list in #BritishCrimeClassicsChallenge
I picked this book because of the publishers and the fact that it was a reprint. I am still in the process of updating my woefully inadequate relationship with older books by non-Christie authors. I have made a significant dent in the past couple of years if I do say so myself. This particular book was very enlightening for a very specific purpose. That is the concept of physical photographic archives. I kept imagining the minions(here, the characters of the story) running around behind the scenes in the google image code, finding out our required information.
The entire story is based in a National Press Archives, primarily focused on the image archives. One of the archive assistant’s life has been disturbed by increasingly troublesome pranks. Toby Lorn comes to his friends the well-known detective duo, the Heldars’ home posing the problem to them. They begin their investigation methodically, and the story continues in the same format. There is a suggestion made and then the evidence to either back the theory or to remove it from contention is gathered and discussed. There is the unfortunate casualty that changes the tone of the investigation some way into the story. Unfortunately for me, I guessed the culprit halfway into the story and kept finding the hints and felt like giving Sally and Jhonny a great shaking to make them see the glaringly obvious fact they were not even considering!! Surprisingly, however, despite that setback, I liked the simplicity of the narrative and the way the resolution of the story was dealt with. The other thing of note here(to me) is the quaint way certain ‘inappropriate’ behaviour was handled here, the merest hint of it and the narration veers away from details, one such example-the actual contents of the poison pen letters that the victim was being hounded with.
I recommend this to others like me who are reading older reprints of lesser-known authors. I would definitely pick up more by the author, preferably older stories, to get more of a background of Sally and Jhonny Heldar.
I saw this review by Kate @crossexaminingcrime while I was trying to come up with my own.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is solely based on my reading experience and my sudden fascination with the idea of manual archiving.