Tuesday, 16 May 2000

Leslie Charteris: Boodle (1934)

Alternative title: The Saint Intervenes
Edition: Pan, 1951
Review number: 502

This collection of short stories is not among the best of the Saint books. None of the thirteen stories have anything particularly unexpected or interesting about them, though as a whole they have rather less action than usual, with Simon Templar more an investigator.

The best of this rather forgettable collection is probably The Man Who Liked Toys, in which Templar and Chief Inspector Teal team up to investigate the death of a financier. Two of the stories, as a minor point of interest, involve that now obscure part of aviation history, the then fashionable autogiro.

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