Considered one of the queens of the golden age of mystery for her Albert Campion series, Margery Allingham was born in London, in May 1904, into a very literary family. Her father wrote fiction and edited The Christian Globe and her mother sold fiction to a women’s periodical. Allingham sold her first story when she was eight years old to a journal published by her aunt. She published her first full-length novel at the age of nineteen. She attended the Regent Street Polytechnic in London where she studied drama and speech training, curing a stammer she had suffered since childhood. In 1927 Allingham married the artist Philip Youngman Carter. While Carter served abroad in WWII, Allingham became deeply involved in the war effort, turning her home into a temporary military base.
Allingham considered her mysteries “right hand writing,” which she did for pleasure, but especially in her earlier years also produced “left hand” works, which were written on commission. By the time of her death from cancer on June 30, 1966, Allingham had written 45 books as well as plays, short stories, serials, and book reviews, some of which under the pseudonym Maxwell March. Her novels have been made into films and television series.