Friday, September 30, 2011

Cast of Characters - The Continuing Case of Manny Tippitoes
Lord Murray Eames Bingle was a famous gentleman (some would say dilettante) detective of the 20s and 30s.  His many adventures have been chronicled in a series of novels (such as The Case of the Floating Currency or An Ear for Murder) and short stories.  
 The seventh in the line of noblemen bearing the title Lord Bingle, Murray Eames was commonly believed to be a loafer and bon vivant by his contemporaries and especially his Great Aunt Ingrid.  The Dowager Duchess seldom wasted an opportunity to express her displeasure with a perceived lack of ambition in the young aristocrat. 
Truth be known, Bingle lived a life on the edge.  Developing a taste for danger in his time as an officer in the British Army in World War One, he was drawn to investigatory work like a bee to honey.  Bingle's foppish exterior (which he exaggerated to great effect) concealed a thoroughly organized mind and a discerning judgement that avoided the prejudices of his time.  Bingle earned the grudging admiration of the policemen he came into contact with both in England and abroad (where many of his most famous cases took place.)
  Still, Bingle's tendency to consort with society's more suspect members like musicians, actors, police and criminals, marked him as a bit risque in more polite society.  And the Gentleman Detective, as newspapers of the time called him, distinguished himself even more by being accompanied on many cases by a waterfowl he called "Muddles, my butler duck."
Eames-Bingle as portrayed in 1934

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