By Emily Langer

The Washington Post

Barbara Brooks Wallace, a children’s author who summoned an aura of Victorian mystique in award-winning novels including “Peppermints in the Parlor,” died Nov. 27 at a hospice center in Arlington, Va. She was 95.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her son, Jim Wallace.

For decades, Wallace was a favorite of young readers for the enchanting mix of mystery, adventure and misadventure that she brought to her novels.

She wrote a shelf full of books but was perhaps best known for the mystery series that began with “Peppermints in the Parlor.”

Barbara Frances Brooks — known as Bobbie — was born on Dec. 3, 1922, in Suzhou, China, where her father, a former silent-film actor, had moved to sell lamp oil with the Standard Oil Co. of New York. Her mother, who was Russian, had immigrated to China amid the Russian Revolution and became a nurse.

Her husband, Air Force Lt. Col. James Wallace Jr., died in 2005. Besides her son, of Alexandria, survivors include two granddaughters.

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