Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Yellow object
Date Finished: May 4, 2016
Our introduction to the Cool & Lam Detective Agency as Bertha Cool hires a down and nearly out Donald Lam to be an investigator in her office. We learn more backstory on these characters than is ever covered in later novels. The later ones also fall in to formulaic descriptions, though usually not plots. Those formulas are not yet present here, making this a nice change. Bertha’s size and Donald’s lack of it are played up here more than usual, as well. The plot is not as strong as Donald’s later schemes, but his quick thinking is already on display. He also becomes a bit more emotionally attached than he is allowed in later works.
We’ll go with the yellow bedspread, as there isn’t much else going on in this cover, other than the two people, with that category already covered.