BY WAY OF INTRODUCING HENRY BONE...Henry Bone......It took my fancy some time ago to try to create a Victorian detective. Most of us have detectives in our mind. In our time the detective has replaced the cowboy as the principal hero of much of ourMoreBY WAY OF INTRODUCING HENRY BONE...Henry Bone......It took my fancy some time ago to try to create a Victorian detective.
Most of us have detectives in our mind. In our time the detective has replaced the cowboy as the principal hero of much of our popular entertainment -fantasies, in print or on the large or small screen.Every once in a while Inspector Morse or Hercule Poirot retire exhausted, and give way to the Victorians - Sherlock Holmes, or even Wilkie Collins forebears of our modern fictional detectives.
I could not however imagine a super-brained Holmes- I had in mind someone nearer au fond to Inspector Morse, successful in his work, but with no ambition to rise to the heights. But the concept of some of the Holmes settings, extraordinary when odd events occur in ordinary places, that I could adopt.It also took my fancy to put my policeman in the County in which I live, even in places I think I know well enough to attempt to incorporate in a Victorian setting.Hence Henry Bone, rising from Sergeant to Inspector, and deciding he wanted to go no higher- a man mostly employed in the everyday tasks of a country policeman, but the one they sent for when the extraordinary and puzzling occurred.
This story from the early years of Henry Bones career rests on the fact that the strands of Dorset life have for centuries extended to the ends of the earth. Henry Bones County is not littered with corpses, but that wider prospect meant that surprising things occurred to sometimes surprising people......