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Flowers for the Judge
on 21 April 2013
The publishing firm of Barnabus is suddenly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons when one of its directors is found dead in a locked cellar which the firm uses as a strong-room. Albert Campion has already been called in to investigate because Paul has disappeared and naturally becomes involved in the subsequent investigation.
What follows is an intricate story with many strands both past and present and the tension gradually builds to a nail biting finish and an intriguing epilogue. I found myself totally engrossed in this story and having read three or four Albert Campion stories I am starting to warm to Campion himself as a character.
Margery Allingham's writing is excellent as is her plotting and her characters and the reader has to be very observant to work out where the story is going. This story has stood the test of time well and it is still readable eighty years after it was first published. If you like crime stories in the conventional mould then try this one.