Annie Haynes (1865-1929)
by Carol Westron
In The House in Charlton Crescent she illustrates the man-in-the-street's obsession with fingerprints when a juror asks persistent questions about what fingerprints the police discovered on the murder weapon. In The Crime at Tattenham Corner (1929), the
police are hindered by the striation marks in a gun that they believe is the murder weapon not matching those on the cartridge. In Who Killed Charmian Karslake? (1929) Inspector Stoddard and his assistant indulge in a long discussion of real life murderers.
In 1914 Haynes began to suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis, which progressed so that it caused her severe pain and crippled her. In the early 1920s Haynes wrote many of her first novels in Kensington Gardens, where, in fine weather, she was wheeled in a bath chair. However, in the last years of her life it was all she could do to move between her study and bedroom.
excellent that publishers are bringing back to life Golden Age authors that have been forgotten for too long.