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The Crime At Black Dudley (Vintage Classic Crime Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Margery Allingham
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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)

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An early Allingham, Campion is on peak form here as he must solve a murder case at a Manor house.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (5 Feb 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDHRVT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic thriller fiction 2 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crime at Black Dudley 22 April 2013
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime at Black Dudley Review 20 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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2.0 out of 5 stars A Dud Dudley 2 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
The opening -- the house-party, the ritual of the dagger and the mysterious death of Colonel Coombe -- is intriguing enough but the novel soon descends into sheer absurdity and tedious whimsy. Characters pop in and out of secret rooms. The Teutonic villains are overdone. An elderly maidservant is a religious maniac who belts out hymns behind a barricaded door.The main amateur investigator -- not Campion -- I can't even remember his name -- Abbershaw? -- is staggeringly nondescript while Campion himself plays a minor role and is insufferably farcical, referring to himself at various points as 'Little Albert', 'Uncle Albert' and 'Your Bertie'. 'Bertie' of course is meant to bring to mind Wodehouse's Wooster as well as the then dim and stuttering Duke of York, the future George VI. It seems that Allingham intended Campion to be mere comic relief, the ultimate nobly born silly ass, but her publisher persuaded her to give him the star part in subsequent novels.

The killer's motive, revealed in the very last chapter, is something of a curiosity, thought-provoking but unconvincing. The novel was published in 1929, the year of Christie's 7 Dials Mystery and Sayers' Strong Poison, both of which are much more enjoyable than The Crime at Black Dudley, especially the Sayers. It is interesting to note the similarities between Ngaio Marsh's first novel, A Man Lay Dead, published in 1934, and Black Dudley -- the murder in both is committed in complete darkness during a murder game. But Roderick Alleyn is infinitely superior to Albert Campion. I am surprised at Allingham's popularity but then there is no accounting for taste.
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