Unravelled Knots

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Unravelled Knots
First edition cover
Author Baroness Orczy
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Detective fiction
Publisher Hutchinson & Co
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 303
Preceded by The Case of Miss Elliott

Unravelled Knots, by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, contains thirteen short stories about the Old Man in the Corner, Orzy's armchair detective who solves crimes for his own entertainment. This is the last of three books of short stories featuring the detective and follows those in The Old Man in the Corner and The Case of Miss Elliott.

In these first person narratives, a woman, presumedly the Polly Burton of The Old Man in the Corner, visits a tea-house after an absence of twenty years to find the Man in the Corner just as she had last seen him years before, fidgeting with his string and with mysteries to unravel. She is fascinated by the unlikely unravelings she hears, but despite her sarcasm and pride in her own investigative talents she remains the learner, impressed in spite of herself.

Seven of these stories originally appeared in the London Magazine (1923–1924) and five in Hutchinson's Magazine (1924–1925).


  • The Mystery of the Khaki Tunic
  • The Mystery of the Ingres Masterpiece
  • The Mystery of the Pearl Necklace
  • The Mystery of the Russian Prince
  • The Mysterious Tragedy in Bishop'S Road
  • The Mystery of the Dog'S Tooth Cliff
  • The Tytherton Case
  • The Mystery of Brudenell Court
  • The Mystery of the White Carnation
  • The Mystery of the Montmartre Hat
  • The Miser of Maida Vale
  • The Fulton Gardens Mystery
  • A Moorland Tragedy