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Mott, Lucie. Lucie Mott was created by E. Phillips Oppenheim (Peter Benskin, General Besserley, Stanley Brooke, Joseph P. Cray, John Dickens, Nicholas Goade, Malcolm Gossett, Peter Hames, B. Jasen, Gerald Jennerton, Algernon Knox, Ambrose Lavendale, John T. Laxworthy, Baroness Claire Linz, Joseph Londe, Mannister, Sanford Quest, Aaron Rodd, Peter Ruff, Monsieur Sabin, Michael Sayers, Jasper Slane) and appeared in ten stories in Collier’s Weekly in 1935, beginning with “Ask Miss Mott” (Collier’s Weekly, Feb. 9, 1935); the stories were collected in Ask Miss Mott (1935).
Lucie Mott is a newspaper advice columnist as well as the owner of Mott’s Enquiry Agency, although she is a much better columnist than she is a private detective. She fails more often at the latter than she succeeds, and is only ultimately successful with the help of “Violet Joe,” a supposed criminal. Mott falls in love with Joe, proves his innocence, marries him and retires from active detection.
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