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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099506092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099506096
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. Her first work of detective fiction was a serialized story published by the Daily Express in 1927. Entitled The White Cottage Mystery, it contained atypical themes for a woman writer of the era. Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime at Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.

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'crime classic' -- The Good Book Guide

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One of the finest 'golden age' crime novelists' (Sunday Telegraph) at her very best --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Holt on 26 July 2012
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There's not a lot of humour in this, nor a lot of Campion for that matter. On the other hand, it is one of the best depictions of utter evil that you could read, augmented by Allingham's brilliant use of atmosphere to draw you into the reality of her world. An unscrupulous killer is on the loose, with a chilling disregard for human life as he implements his criminal plans. After three years, Charlie Luke is half on to him - to the extent that his superiors think he is obsessive. Can he, with Campion's aid, catch the killer before there is more slaughter?

The lack of Campion is easily explained. Our hero is now in his fifties, and, well, one slows down a little! In fact, this book is very much in the style of one of the better modern television police dramas, featuring Charlie Luke rather than, say, Morse. Given her more or less permanent struggle with money, it's a shame Allingham pre-dated her natural genre by some 30 years. Luke would have made a very successful, and lucrative, TV detective. Will you enjoy this? Almost certainly, but, as one reviewer suggests, you will probably get more out of it on a second reading. That, to me, is the essence of Allingham - the writing is so good that subsequent readings will always enrich the initial experience. This is a fine novel, much darker than most of Allingham's previous offerings and the killer makes Havoc in "The Tiger in the Smoke" seem like a misunderstood delinquent!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2000
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Her grasp of the minutiae of peoples' habits and her descriptive powers of buildings, streets and even rainy nights makes any Margery Allingham book a good read. This is no exception with a stunning opening description of the events leading up to a murder off an alley on a rainy night in London. The story jumps on into the wonderful world of Detective Inspector Charlie Luke with a bee in his bonnet about unsolved murders, which he shares with Albert Campion, the unassuming "star" of most of Allingham's books. This line of enquiry cuts across the story of a girl up from the country to stay with a recently widowed relative, who happens to own a museum of the unusual and strange as part of her property. Given the young lady's young admirer and an unscrupulous but charming villain on whom the widow dotes: the three strands begin to intertwine and lead into horrific conclusion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.G.S.Duff on 30 May 2014
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This is one of the most intriguing of detective stories. We know 'who' almost from the beginning, but the story is of how he is caught, and how a once flawless criminal is out-smarted by a series of unforeseen incidents and chance meetings. Margery Allingham beautifully and atmospherically conjures up the characters, sights, sounds and smells of fifties London. Read it once for the excitement of the chase, and the second time to discover all the detail that you may have missed on the way.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R. Fairhurst on 2 Dec. 2001
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I really enjoy reading this mystery by Margery Allingham, but then I find her novel writing consistantly excellent. This novel is set in London, mainly around the Paddington area. I find that this book interesting because you know who the murderer is fairly early on, so the suspense grows as you are unsure if any of the main characters will be the next victim. I particularly enjoy Allingham's London novels, they always seem a little darker than her country-side romps. This novel contains new characters as well as the familiar Albert Campion and Inspector Charlie Luke. I think this novel improves on each reading and it is a must for anyone who loves crime fiction as I do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Facey Romford on 22 Aug. 2014
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A great Allingham novel with a credible villain and some interesting clues along the way. I'm always fascinated by her knowledge of cars - this time the bad guy drives a Lagonda. Mr Campion plays his usual role.
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By Diane on 22 Mar. 2014
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Another great story from Margery Allingham. I have all these stories on CD and listen to them over and over again. I never get bored of listening to Philip Franks reading.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 29 Aug. 2006
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Disappointingly Campion only makes brief appearances in this adventure. A standard perfect murder plot. The two romantic leads were dull. The best thing about this are Gerry and Mrs Tassie. Their relationship was credible, touching and chilling in the last few chapters. Worth a read.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Camilla on 10 Aug. 2006
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This book seethes with menace from the opening chapter. The feeling of evil is heightened by the introduction of innocence and vulnerability in the form of young Annabelle.

Allingham does write good atmospheric novels about the seedier side of London life, for example 'Tiger in the Smoke'. You can almost smell the city around you - and the hairs on your neck will tingle as you read further on!

A book you will remember long after you have finished it.
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