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Barradine Detects

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Maurice Frederick Turpin Oliver Vine, Earl of Barradine and Sharples may be a peer of the realm, but this is the 1930s and even peers of the realm must needs work for a living. Which is why Barradine has founded the Twentieth Century Detective Agency. Ably assisted by his secretary Miss Barber, the young peer truns his hand to the solving of all manner of problems. But his greatest challenge comes in a series of puzzles set him by Mary Fearn, a young woman bent on extricating from a group of fraudulent financiers the money of which they had robbed her father. Since Miss Fearn's plans are formed with complete disregard for the law of the land, Barradine finds himself torn between the professional desire to foil her devil-may-care schemes, and a more human urge to assist her in avenging her father's plight.

Originally published in 1937, this breezy, light-hearted detective novel is an offbeat delight.

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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