Mr Chapman had previously contacted me after reading a review of mine on The Sexton Blake Blog and got in touch to fill in a few gaps in my knowledge of writer Walter Tyrer (see The Cowboy and the Detective, this blog, 14 January 2011).
He has contacted me again to draw my attention to a review of Rex Hardinge`s The Case of the Frightened Girl which had been posted by Steve Lewis at http://mysteryfile.com/blog on 4 January 2012, and to his subsequent online chat withe estimable Mr Lewis in the comments section. Mr C had some interesting comments on Rex Hardinge`s career and on short story writing generally.
Mystery File is often worth a visit, and you can find more about Keith`s current activities at www.blackhorsewesterns.com and www.fantasticfiction.com/o/chap-okeefe .
Someone else who has contacted me in the past concerning my interest in Sexton Blake generally and Walter Tyrer in particular is Ray Elmitt, who currently lives in a house previously occupied by Walter and his family.
I was interested to learn that Ray is the author of a number of books with another in the pipeline. His works to date are ; The High Street Traders of Hampton Wick 1826 - 2011, A Hampton Wick Timeline ; From Domesday to the Present Day and The Grove ; A Story of a House and Home.
Ray is a member of the local history group of The Hampton Wick Association ( www.hamptonwick.org.uk) and details of his books can be found at www.blurb.com .