About this selection: This edition was supposed to contain Baffle Case Number Four, as well as the solution to Baffle Case Number Two, The Crime at Laurel Lodge. However, the Baffle Cases seem to be foundering in this ominous sign for the Mystery League. The selection only contains this brief mention on the dust jacket flap: "Due to the extreme length of Mr. Horler's tale, the Baffle Case [#4] planned for this month has been omitted and the results of the contests regarding The Crime at Laurel Lodge individually sent [to] all contestants."
Sydney Horler (photo: vintage45.wordpress.com)
About the author: Here is a Wikipedia article about Sydney Horler. He has two other titles in the Mystery League series: The Curse of Doone and Peril!
- Elsie Spain, a.k.a. "Venetia", a clothing model
- Susy , Elsie's roommate
- Mrs. Sarah Goodbody, a.k.a. "Yolande", owner of the dress salon
- Philip Wendover, owner of a newspaper The Messenger
Elsie Spain, once rich and refined, finds herself destitute after the death of her parents. She lives in a rooming house with her roommate Susy. She takes a job modelling clothes (as a 'mannequin' named Venetia) in a swank salon ("Yolande's") owned by Mrs. Sarah Goodbody, who takes that name.
A married couple, patrons of Yolande's, take a shine to Venetia, and invite her into their home with a mysterious promise that they want to make her "a princess".