5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Period crime piece with lively events and characterisation,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mystery Mile (Classic Crime) (Paperback)
The second of Allingham's "Campion" books, which begins the development of his character from the fop of "The Crime at Black Dudley" to the serious amateur of the later novels. It starts off with the electrification of a mouse that leads to Campion being called upon to provide a safe haven for an American Judge Lobett from the sinister Simister gang. Local colour and atmosphere, intriguing characters: a good place to start getting to know and love Allingham's insights viewed through Campion's "Everyman". Not overly well paced but nevertheless a good period read, with hints of the wonders to come in "Tiger in the Smoke", especially the darker side of humanity as well as the eccentricities.