A Series of Stories. Collects eleven short stories featuring Baroness Clara Linz. Contains the golf mystery Between The 8th Green And The 9th Tee.
I. – Thirty-Nine Wooden Boxes
II. – An Olympian Debacle
III. – Broken Engagements
IV. – Too Many Dukes
V. – The Ritz Hotel Conference
VI. – Between The Eighth Green And The Ninth Tee
VII. – Help For Mr. Goldman
VIII. – The Lonely Man
IX. – A Family Misunderstanding
X. – The Listening Lady
XI. – A Gift From The Gods.
Clara, Baroness of Linz, is an Austrian-American nobility; beautiful, brilliant, and the owner of “Advice, Ltd” a small company in London that fixes problems, whatever they may be. She is called upon by governments, royalty, businessmen, and others to solve seemingly impossible mysteries.
The theft of 34 boxes of gold bars from a heavily guarded Bank of England shipment. Clara is called when Scotland Yard is bemused. The mysterious rash of broken engagements amongst upper class debutantes in London, Clara solves the case. The death of a prominant British economic advisor at an international peace conference, another case for Clara. Mr Goldman, a comic character, is a dress manufacturer whose latest dress patterns from Paris are stolen by his competition. A tragic and beautiful wife is ostracized from society by a brief infidelity, and more.
This 1933 collection of connected stories features one of the strong heroines who appear in later Oppenheim novels. These stories are similar to, and may be inspired by, the “Lady Molly of Scotland Yard” stories writen by Baroness Emma Orczy (author of The Scarlet Pimpernel) Oppenheim and Orczy were contemporaries, and friends. Baroness Orczy was Hungarian instead of Austrian, but the other congruences are striking.