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Pyne, Parker. Parker Pyne was created by Agatha Christie (Superintendent Battle, Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, Harley Quin, Colonel Race, Solving Six) and appeared in fourteen stories in Cosmopolitan from 1932 to 1935, beginning with “The £10 Adventure” (Cosmopolitan, Aug. 1932); the stories were collected in Parker Pyne Investigates (1934) and The Regatta Mystery (1939).

Parker Pyne is a genial, retired government employee who has begun business as a consultant. His ads read, “Are you happy? If not, consult Mr. Parker Pyne, 17 Richmond Street.” Those who answer his ad invariably are not, and require his assistance to solve their problems, whether they are a discontented soldier who finds life in London intolerably dull and needs excitement, a woman in Greece whose son has been kidnaped, or a victim of blackmail in France. Pyne is “large, not to say fat; he had a bald head of noble proportions, strong glasses and little twinkling eyes. And he had an aura–an aura of dependability.”

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