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Quarles, Christopher. Christopher Quarles was created by Percy Brebner (Valentine Smith, Valentine West) and appeared in a number of stories and two novels and collections from 1912 to 1916, beginning with “Old Mrs. Jardine” (The Weekly Tale-Teller, Dec. 7, 1912).
Christopher Quarles is an older, silver-haired gentleman and professor of philosophy. He works with Scotland Yard detective Murray Wigan to solve crimes, and is aided by his granddaughter Zena, who gives him good advice on solving mysteries and catching criminals. Quarles is intelligent and astute, if dry-verging-on-caustic. He calls himself an “investigator of human motives” and works only if he is interested in a case and can “prevent a miscarriage of justice.” He does not believe in chance, rather believing that his actions are guided by “a directing will.”
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