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Characters By Chapter
Elizabeth Robinson
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NellieCokerNightclub owner just released from prison, aka "Ma," aka Queen of Clubs
RamsayCokerNellie's second son, 21 in 1926, aspiring writer
BinnieHaleBritish stage actress
JohnFrobisherDetective Inspector of Scotland Yard, on loan to Bow Street police station
Amethyst Nellie Coker's premier nightclub, aka Deck of Cards
John Bull London magazine
GwendolynKellingFrobisher's civilian subordinate, librarian at the Clifford Street library
  The Queen of Clubs
FreddieBassettHead barman at the Amethyst
NivenCokerNellie's first son, WWI veteran, has many business interests
EdithCokerNellie's eldest daughter,
BettyCokerNellie's second daughter, Cambridge grad, bookkeeper/accountant, took Nellie's place while she was jailed
ShirleyCokerNellie's third daughter, Cambridge grad
KittyCokerNellie's fourth daughter, 11 years old in 1926
Jaeger Nellie's first business partner, dance hall co-owner
ArthurMaddoxDetective Sergeant, Bow Street cop who protected the dance hall
Moulin Vert Nellie's first nightclub, "The Green Mill"
Pixie, Foxhole, Sphinx, Crystal Cup Nellie's other nightclubs
Linwood Doorman at the Amethyst, former royal butler
Keeper Niven's German shepherd
  Bow Street
LottieFrobisherDCI Frobisher's wife, Charlotte
SergeantOakesBow Street officer, aka The Laughing Policeman
  An Awkward Age
AlfredaMurgatroyd14-year-old runaway from York, aspiring actress, aka Freda
GladysMurgatroydFreda's mother
Vanda Modeling friend of Freda
Duncan Modeling friend of Freda, former sailor
Adele Modeling friend of Freda, leader of the group
  The Grand Tableau
Hawker Nellie's chauffeur
Landor A mysterious Hungarian gentleman
  A Shropshire Lad
  Après la Guerre
MissTateGwendolen's assistant librarian colleagues at the Clifford Street Library
MissRogerson Gwendolen's assistant librarian colleagues at the Clifford Street Library
MissShaw Gwendolen's assistant librarian colleagues at the Clifford Street Library
Mr.PollockHead Librarian at the Clifford Street Library
Mrs.BodleyOwner/manager of the Warrender, a rooming house where Gwendolen stays in London
ThomasNobleThe man who swindled Gwendolen's mother out of all the family's money
Harry Gwendolen's brothers, died in WWI
Dickie  Gwendolen's brothers, died in WWI
  Frobisher Deskbound
FlorenceIngramFriend of Freda from the dance school whom she persuaded to go with her to London
VivianQuinnAuthor of the Society Paragraphist newspaper column, pretentious acquaintance of Ramsay
CissyMurgatroydFreda's older half-sister, married, close friend of Gwendolen
  The Dardanelles
Emin Niven's Turkish barber
Azzopardi Crook who wants to take over Nellie's clubs
  The Sights of London
Mr.JenkinsonThe Kelling family lawyer
  Iced Fancies
LennyBirdwhistleFreda's mother's boyfriend, aka Lenny
  The Fisher King
Webb The police doctor at the Bow Street mortuary
  In Haste
Wilfred Cissy's husband, a civil engineer
Mr.IngramFlorence's father
  The Home Front
WilliamCobbPolice constable at Bow Street
  VoilĂ !
Phyllis The Coker's scullery maid
  His Prepar'd Prey
RuthIngramFlorence's mother
Mrs.DarlingOwner of the boarding house in London Freda & Florence found
AdaSherbourneOwner & dance instructor at the Vanbrugh Academy of Dance in London where Freda & Florence enrolled
  The Crystal Cup
Templeton Manager at The Crystal Cup club
Maud Phantom that Nellie sees in the club
  The Spoils of Egypt
Gerrit Dutch head barman at the Sphinx club, Ramsay's domain, gives Ramsay cocaine injections
  A Kidnap, a Raid, and a Small Fire
Bertha Food preparer at the Pixie Club
  The Audition
Mr.LionelEmployee at the Adelphi Theater
MissYoungSecretary at the Adelphi Theater
OwenVarleyDisreputable manager of the Adelphi Theater
 Carpe Noctem
LucaFrazziniLeader of a gang of hooligans
Aldo The gang member who was shot in the fracas at the Amethyst Club
 WebbPolice doctor
  A Change of Scene
GertieBridgesA prostitute
PamelaBerowneFriend of Ramsay Coker
  In the Park
Agnes Nellie's former cellmate in Holloway Prison, Phyllis' aunt
JoeSpiteriBurglar, changed his name to Azzopardi
  Pour le Sport
Herbert Blind cornetist that Gwendoyn helped, aka Bert
Pierrot Frobisher's dog
  Hail, Mortal!
Joan Vanda's friend & neighbor in London
  The Waste Land
Mrs.TaylorWoman from Colchester whose daughter ran away
WilhelminaCarterMrs. Taylor's missing daughter, aka Minnie
HaroldTaylorMrs. Taylor's 2nd husband
  The Riddle of the Sphinx
CherryAmesAn acquaintance of Freda's from the Vanbrugh Dance School, now in a play at the Palace Theater
  The Box
Mr.SneddonManager at the bank Nellie uses
Shrines of Gaiety suggested by Elizabeth Robinson