|Occupation||Costume Shop Owner|
Madame Lapushka is a shop keeper of the costume shop Madame Lapushka's in Monte d'Or in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. She is well-informed about the town, and proves helpful to Professor Layton and the others.
Madame Lapushka wears a dark blue dress with an orange bow tied around the waist. She also wears black stockings and red heels, and ties her brown hair up in a bun.
Madame Lapushka gives the following puzzles throughout Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask:
Chapter 1: The Mask of Chaos
Professor Layton and the group pay Madame Lapushka a visit in order to ask her if she knew anything about the Masked Gentleman. However, she attempts to entice Layton into buying a harlequin outfit she think would suit him, but he declines. After solving her puzzle, she tells them she only knows that Masked Gentleman had been around turning people into horses, however, and not much else in regards to his identity. She then gives Luke the One-Stop Shop mini-game, and asks him to visit her again once he had cleared all the shelves.
Chapter 3: The Battle of Monte d'Or
In a special episode, Madame Lapushka is paid a visit by Sterling, who asks her if she had any gold cloth trimmed with diamonds. She instead suggested a bear costume to him, as she didn't have anything quite so garish. She told him it would help to cover up his overblown ego, and would be something his son would like as he didn't spend much time with him. Sterling is surprised to know how much she knew about him, but she tells him that there was little in Monte d'Or that she didn't know, and she suggests he changes his life for his family. He agrees, but refuses to wear the bear costume.
While on the way to Dalston Mansion, Professor Layton and the group drop in to visit Madame Lapushka. She seems to think they have a fresher perspective than the police do, and would mingle in with the crowds better as tourists. Luke wonders if it was possible to have fun while investigating, and Madame Lapushka notes to him that the Masked Gentleman seems to target the masses.
After being told by Artie to talk to Madame Lapushka about Monte d'Or, she notes that the investigation must be going slowly, as it would be hard to get information with most people being tourist, or uninformed. Layton asks her about the local police force, and she reveals that people are reluctant to rely on them due to being inexperienced. He then asks if anyone had a grudge against the Ledores or Dalston, and after saying that the people losing their savings at the casino would, she then brings up the point that the culprit wouldn't be short of cash, with their flashy stunts. She reveals the ringmaster of the One-Ring Circus rented out a horde of costumes from her shop around a month prior, and so Layton and the group decide to investigate the circus.
Chapter 5: Miracles Unmasked
Professor Layton and the group wander into Madame Lapushka's, and so she asks if Layton was ready for her to finally let her dress him up in a costume. He once again declines her offer, and so she gives him a puzzle before he can leave again. Afterwards, Layton asks if she had heard of Alphonse Dalston's arrest, to which doesn't sit well with her. She seems to think that while the police are focused on Dalston, the real criminal is preparing the next crime, and can't imagine what sort of evidence they had against him, even though he wasn't good with people.
Chapter 7: The Reunion Inn
Madame Lapushka comments to Professor Layton how the businesses in Monte d'Or have been booming, and how the city has had a great influx in tourists depending on where the Masked Gentleman appeared. She was glad that Layton and the group had got into a good hotel, as most of them were booked up due to this influx, and Layton says it was all thanks to Henry and Angela Ledore. Madame Lapushka seems to think that the pair have been standoffish, and believes that Henry isn't involved in the incident, as he was the quiet type.
"Madame Lapushka is the cheery owner of a vintage costume shop and she's very well informed about the city. She offers precious snippets of info to tourists willing to rent a nice, hand-picked set of clothing. Rumor has it she runs another shop with all sorts of things..."