Black Plumes

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Slashed paintings and a mysterious death, an accused fianc? and the reappearance of a long-dead husband?an audio version of a classic crime drama

 

The slashing of a valuable painting at the renowned Ivory Gallery in London, followed by the murder of the proprietor's son-in-law, Robert, sets the stage for a finely tuned Allingham mystery. The proprietor's mother, 90-year-old Gabrielle Ivory, holds the key to the web of intrigue and danger ...

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Overview

Slashed paintings and a mysterious death, an accused fiancé and the reappearance of a long-dead husband—an audio version of a classic crime drama

 

The slashing of a valuable painting at the renowned Ivory Gallery in London, followed by the murder of the proprietor's son-in-law, Robert, sets the stage for a finely tuned Allingham mystery. The proprietor's mother, 90-year-old Gabrielle Ivory, holds the key to the web of intrigue and danger that permeates the gallery. Abridged.

The slashing of a valuable painting at the renowned Ivory Gallery in London, followed by the murder of the proprietor's son-in-law, Robert, sets the stage for another finely tuned Allingham mystery. The proprietor's mother, 90-year-old Gabrielle Ivory, holds the key to the web of intrigue and danger that permeates the gallery. Previously published by Bantam.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Although Black Plumes gets off to a slow start, once the body of Robert Madrigal is found stuffed in a cupboard in the garden room, the story begins to develop interest. Allingham, known for her brilliant and witty "cozy cottage" mysteries featuring Albert Campion, departs from her usual form. Campion does not appear here, and his presence is sorely missed. Allingham had developed an intriguing and interesting personality for Campion; this book doesn't have a character to fill that center-stage position. In fact, there are actually too many characters, none well enough developed to attract the listener's sympathy. Still, Francis Matthews does an excellent job portraying the cast. Most libraries would be better off with one of Allingham's Campion novels (e.g., The Fear Sign).-Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ., Russellville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405510066
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Allingham (1904–1966) was an English crime writer, best remembered for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. Philip Franks is an English actor.

Biography

"Like Alice, I try to believe three impossible things before breakfast" -- Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham took to writing naturally, finishing her first novel while still a teenager. But it was with The Crime at Dudley Black, written in 1928, that she made her first significant mark on the crime-writing landscape. Introducing the character of Albert Campion, mild-mannered amateur detective and gentleman, she had given birth to a new style of sleuth: well-rounded, insightful and thoroughly entertaining. "To Albert Campion has fallen the honour of being the first detective to feature in a story which is also by any standard a distinguished novel," commented The Observer.

A prolific writer, she continued to produce books right up until her death in 1966, enjoying huge success on both sides of the Atlantic.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books Ltd. (UK).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maxwell March, Margery Allingham Carter, and Margery Allingham Youngman-Carter
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      London
    1. Date of Death:
      June 30, 1966
    2. Place of Death:
      Colchester, Essex, England

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