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Re: Margery Allingham

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Posted by Mike Field on November 29, 2021 at 15:37:16 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Margery Allingham posted by John Nichols on November 29, 2021 at 06:54:46:

At some stage there were indeed the Big Five, so maybe Allingham already knew that. Or maybe, as you suggest, she pre-dated history. Or maybe the Fifth was added to the team between 1931 and 1940. Dot's Big Six were named after the Big Five. She's quoted (by AR) as saying as much on the title page --

"But who are the Big Six?” asked Pete.

“It’s the Big Five really,” said Dorothea. “They
are the greatest detectives in the world. They sit in
their cubby-holes in Scotland Yard and solve one
mystery after another.”

“But why Six?”

“There are only five of them and there are six of
us,” said Dorothea.

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