As a child I read a short story with a title ” The cruel man who cut my hair.” Or so it must be if translated from Malayalam. I lost the book somehow, and from then on I was searching for it. It was part of a set of translated detective stories from around the world, and I knew the story by heart, except for all the names. There was a little girl who could lip-read and she surprised some thieves at a neighbours house, and they cut off her hair before taking away all the silver. Every year or so I do a google search on it. Yet, I never figured out which was that story. Till today. :)
It is a Judith Lee story by Richard Marsh. And the title is “The man who cut off my hair”. Unfortunately no Judith Lee stories online,though I found some other titles by the author on project gutenberg. So off I go to read a childhood favourite.
An Update: I bought the book “The complete Adventures of Judith Lee” from flipkart.. Yippee… :) So I was able to read it all over again. And the other twenty one Judith lee stories as well. The book is from Black Coat Press, and the quality is much better than the ‘Weird and supernatural collection of Richard Marsh’ I bought earlier.Even though I did find a couple of errors here and there. I loved the cover illustration of Judith Lee as well. The collection starts with ‘The Man Who Cut off My Hair’ as it indeed is the first ever Judith Lee story. The first paragraph tells all we want to know about the heroine. She is a teacher of the deaf and dump, and a very good one at that. In the subsequent stories we learn that people consult her when they start new schools, she trains the teachers and she attends conferences in Berlin. A very independent and smart young woman. She can also do jujitsu, a la Sherlock Holmes. She even gets into a kind of knife fight with the mafia while rescuing damsel in distresses. The stories and plots are good, and the heroine as little busybody with a very active social and professional life is a refreshing one.
She also says thing like I am a woman, and sometimes women are almost as illogical as men, though not often. Can you wonder I absolutely love Miss Lee?