This is a vintage murder mystery. Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?
Private detective Albert Campion is summoned to the village of Kepesake to investigate a particularly distasteful death.
The body turns out to be that of Pig Peters, freshly killed five months after his own funeral.
Soon other corpses start to turn up, just as Peters's body goes missing.
It takes all Campion's coolly incisive powers of detection to unravel the crime.
As urbane as Lord Wimsey...as ingenious as Poirot...Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/12/2005
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099477747
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Review by Jargoneer
A very English detective story set between the wars. Allingham, and her sleuth Albert Campion, are one of the mainstays of the classic English detective story. All the traits are there - Campion is the usual fop, who is not quite as foppish as he seems; Lugg, his valet, is a thug with a heart of gold; Campion knows all the right people and visits all the nicest houses. In this one, Campion investigates the murder of 'Pig', a school bully turned nasty businessman. To say more could possibly reveal too much. To criticise this book for not having any deeper meaning would be like criticising Plato for not writing detective stories. It is an easy read, relatively well-plotted, although with supporting characters that are cliches (was this written before they became cliches?) and the murderer is slightly too easy to spot. It's a National Trust detective novel, and if thats what you like you will enjoy this novel. If you want grit, psychology, and reality, don't bother.
Review by CatyM
A short but very entertaining whodunnit: amateur sleuth Albert Campion is rather surprised to come across the freshly-murdered corpse of a man whose funeral he attended several months before (well, you would be, wouldn't you?) and sets out to investigate. The writing is tight and well-paced, the characterisation solid, and the denouement a lovely mixture of the blindingly obvious and the wholly unexpected.
Review by auntieknickers
Excellent entry in this series, read a long time ago.