Worrals Works It Out is a Worrals short story which was first published in the Girls Own Paper in September 1947. It is set in the immediate postwar years and is in the same "detective" genre as the postwar Biggles. This is one of the uncollected stories. After being first published in a magazine, it was not collected into an anthology published in Johns' lifetime.
Air Commodore Raymond sends Worrals and Frecks to solve the mystery of a diamond which a girl had found in a bird's nest. "We don't like the idea of big diamonds floating loose about the countryside," he says. Why not simply send a policewoman? Perhaps Raymond was trying to prod them into taking up permanent employment with him.
- Air Commodore Raymond
- Betty "Frecks" Lovell
- Alice Bates
- No aircraft! An unidentified aircraft had dropped the parcel of diamonds
- Dellhanger, Surrey
- Johns later reworked this story and published it in 'Stirring Stories for Girls' in 1960 as Pearls and Primroses. Worrals and Frecks did indeed become two policewomen, Margaret Robertson and Jill Peters.
- This story is also similar to The Case of the Early Boy which was published in 1963. This is not really self-plagiarism. It is more like market segmentation. The audience for "Early Boy" would not have read "Worrals".
- But there are differences. The birds here are thrushes. The diamond got into their nest because the container of diamonds struck a branch high up, broke and spilt its contents, with one diamond failing into the nest. In the Biggles story, the birds are jackdaws who carry the jewels up from the ground it to their nest.
References to the pastEdit
- Girls Own Paper, September 1947
- Reprinted in Biggles & Co., The W.E. Johns Quarterly Magazine, No. 6, January 1991
- Collected in Winged Justice and other uncollected stories, Norman Wright, 2001