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Crime at Black Dudley: Albert Campion #1 (Albert Campion Mysteries) [Paperback]

Margery Allingham
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1 Jun 2006 Albert Campion Mysteries (Book 1)
When George Abbershaw is invited to Black Dudley Manor for the weekend, he has only one thing on his mind - proposing to Meggie Oliphant. Unfortunately for George, things don't quite go according to plan. A harmless game turns decidedly deadly and suspicions of murder take precedence over matrimony. Trapped in a remote country house with a murderer, George can see no way out. But Albert Campion can.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193339742X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933397429
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 14 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The queen of crime writing's golden age" (Daily Telegraph)

"Always of the elect, Margery Allingham now towers above them" (Observer)

"Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered" (P.D. James)

"Don't start reading these books unless you are confident that you can handle addiction" (Independent)

"Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light" (Agatha Christie) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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An early Allingham, Campion is on peak form here as he must solve a murder case at a Manor house. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic thriller fiction 2 Aug 2002
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A classic thriller set in the 1920s. Margery Allinghams fast paced country house mystery keep you guessing whodunnit until the last chapter. A weekend party turns into a murder hunt with criminal masterminds thrown in for good measure. A must read for anyone who is fed up with the sex and sleaze of modern thrillers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The first Campion novel, but he doesn't really appear at the centre of the book, just as one of the cast. The plot is good, if a little sensationalist, and overall, the characters are quite well thought out. Campion himself is really rather irritating here though - lots of discussion of his falsetto voice and annoying mannerisms - he gets better in the later books when the author spends more time on him. A reasonable example of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime at Black Dudley Review 20 Jan 2011
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I really enjoyed this audio book. It seemed to follow the format of a country house murder but there are some really good twists that take it above the normal offerings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crime at Black Dudley 22 April 2013
This is the first Albert Campion novel and, in true and tested Golden Age style, it is set at a weekend party at a remote country house. We meet Campion through the main character who, in this book, is Dr George Abbershaw. When Dr Abbershaw first arrives, he is only concerned with his love for Margaret Oliphant, who he is planning to propose to. However, during the evening, Wyatt Petrie, who invited him, tells the tale of the Black Dudley Dagger - in 1500 a guest was found murdered with the dagger, which was then passed around and betrayed the killer. A game is proposed, in which the lights should be turned off and the dagger passed around - when the lights are put on, the person with the dagger should pay a forfeit. However, during the game, Petrie's elderly uncle is murdered.

What follows is a tale of murder, organised crimes, car chases, escapes and hidden plans. Albert Campion is described as 'a lunatic' and he certainly seems an empty headed 'bright young thing', although he obviously has hidden depths. This is an enjoyable story, rather typical, but a good start to a series which gets much better as it progresses.
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This is allingham at her best. A truly excellent adventure that hold's the readers attention right from page one. It is a tough , no hold's barred story, that come's also with a message of hope for all who have been in desperate situations. A must read.
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