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The Crime at Black Dudley, by Margery Allingham

The Crime at Black Dudley

Albert Campion #1

By Margery Allingham

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• Fiction/Mystery • 240 pages

ISBN: 978-1-934609-

A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars.

It’s the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery, and bringing it to perfection is the introduction—in a supporting role, for the first and last time—of Albert Campion, the consummate (if compulsively quipping) Gentleman Sleuth. The guests take some time to be grateful for Campion’s presence; he is a bit peculiar, and they have more than enough distractions, what with various complicated love affairs, a curious ritual involving a jewelled dagger, and a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

But the savvy reader will be singing hosannas from Campion’s first appearance, knowing that it marks the beginning of one of the most intelligent and delightful series in all of crime fiction.

Who's Likely to Like This

Fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction
 

“An extremely fine tale of death in an English country house"—New York Times