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Ashley, Colonel Robert Lee. Colonel Robert Lee Ashley was created by “Chester K. Steele,” a Stratemeyer Syndicate house name, and appeared in The Diamond Cross Mystery (1918) and The Golf Course Mystery (1919).

Colonel Robert Lee Ashley is a self-important Southerner descended from antebellum Southern aristocracy. He served with distinction during the Spanish-American War, worked in the Army’s intelligence agency, and then became a private detective, in which position he gained international fame. Then he retired, but bothersome things like murders and book-selling agents on trains keep disturbing his peace–all he wants is to read Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler in peace and quiet–and force him to solve the crimes and threaten the book-sellers with violence. Ashley is served by George Washington “Shag,” a racist stereotype.

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