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DONOVAN OF WHITEHALL

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Full Name: Hugh Donovan
Nationality: British
Organization: British Foreign Office
Occupation Agent

Creator: William Le Queux
Time Span: 1916 - 1917

ABOUT THE SERIES

First Look:
       Hugh Donovan is an agent with the British King's Foreign Service.
       By the strictest interpretation of the job description, Donovan would be considered a courier in the employ of the British Crown. The history of this job goes back to the 12th Century. From the time the Foreign Office was created, around 1780, those working this job would be under its control though apparently in 1824 management was handed to the Home Office and a special group called the Foreign Service Messengers Department.
       Whether this applies to Donovan is unknown as I have yet to be able to read any of the stories (3 copies have been found online but each is far more than I could afford).

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1917
Last Appearance:1917

1 Donovan of Whitehall Donovan of Whitehall
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1917

Collection of 9 short stories concerning the actions of Hugh Donovan, subtitled "A Record of the daring exploits of the Hon. Hugh Donovan, King's Foreign Service Messenger.
The stories are:
The Coral Crown
The Hundred Sous
The Mysterious Mission
The Princess Feo
The Secret Dispatch
The Secret of the Wilhelmstrasse
The Two Mistletoe Berries
Within Four Walls
The Yellow Tube

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:9
First Appearance:1916
Last Appearance:1916

       The stories mentioned below were all published in the pages of The Royal Magazine, a Pearson publication, in successive months from May to December of 1916 and, as the last story in the group indicated they would be, later collected into one volume and published as a book. The magazine comment put the title of the volume as Donovan of Downing Street but the only name I have found was Donovan of Whitehall.
     One listing of the contents of the book I found online has another story in the collection: The Secret Dispatch. Though I have not seen the actual book and studied its contents, I feel confident about its actual existence. As mentioned above, the last story printed in The Royal Magazine mentioned the upcoming collection. It is not likely that any subsequent story would have been printed. More telling is the fact that in the preface to the magazine story that I have found, printed in May, 1916, it is stated "another splendid story of "Donovan of Downing Street", letting me know there was something beforehand. I could be wrong.

1 The Secret Dispatch The Secret Dispatch
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

Likely first printed in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #210, April 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]

2 Within Four Walls Within Four Walls
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First printed in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #211, May 1916 and reprinted in the magazine called The Armchair Detective in the Winter of 1981. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

3 The Hundred Sous The Hundred Sous
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First published in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #212, June 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

4 The Mysterious Mission The Mysterious Mission
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First published in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #213, July 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

5 The Coral Crown The Coral Crown
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First published in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #214, August 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

6 The Secret of the Wilhelmstrasse The Secret of the Wilhelmstrasse
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First published in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #215, September 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

7 The Yellow Tube The Yellow Tube
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First published in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #216, October 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

8 The Princess Feo The Princess Feo
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First printed in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #217, November 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

9 The Two Mistletoe Berries The Two Mistletoe Berries
Written by William Le Queux
Copyright: 1916

First printed in the UK magazine called The Royal Magazine #218, December 1916. Collected in Donovan of Whitehall.
[plot unknown]
Click here to read the story.

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