My Favorite Detective Stories ~ I
It is a dark night. some one knocks. Open the door. Who’s there? Silence ~~
How many times we have read stories beginning like this, never failing to thrill us and creating goose pimples?
I have always loved reading and watching mystery and detective stories from young. Ranging from children’s stories to more adult, serious, dark stuff. I just love the thrill and excitement at uncovering and solving something which puzzled people for long. I just love the whole air of suspense and discovery. The human aspects of it. There have been many such heroes/heroines/characters/stories for me. After all, the biggest selling point about mysteries are that they cater to the basic instinct of humans, curiosity.
My fondness for these stories started from a young age, when I started reading Enid Blyton’s famous stories Famous five series, Secret Seven series and The Five find outers. I just loved reading about their ring exploits, their adventures, the yummy food, the team spirit, the fights, the places, the castles, the villains, the trips. While the Famous Five is about Five cousins led by Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy; The secret seven is about seven kids with a dog called Scamper and The Five find outers, again another five children and a dog Buster, led by the self appointed leader Fatty ( Frederick)
Blyton through her books created the image of daring, adventurous kids, who had the where withal to accomplish things which adults would not dream of. The only issue I had with Blyton’s stories, were that girls were stereotyped into either tomboys (george) or extremely domesticated ones (anne). Though, there were times when Anne did show spunky spirit. I don’t think that is a true assessment of girls per se. In spite of that, I thought her creations were wonderful.
In case of The Five Find Outers, the stories are quite interesting and gripping and involve some rather memorable characters like Mr Goon and Ern. I love how she characterises the relationship between Mr Goon and Buster as mutual enemies. Again, by the second or third story, Fatty becomes the overwhelming leader. He rather pushes everyone into the background.
For kids ( no pun intended, as i am still a kid) like me, who could only adventure within the confines of their imagination, these books were a blessing. I have read and read and read them over and over again. Still do. Especially, when I want to go back to childhood..Some of these stories were also dramatised for television. I enjoyed both the versions of the Famous Five.. More about this another time..