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Atmospheric thriller: dark streets, old museum, and more...
on 26 October 2000
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.