Black Plumes

Black Plumes

by Margery Allingham
     
 

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Gabrielle Ivory was once a society beauty of such exquisite arrogance that she stared down a queen. But now, nearing 90, she's largely disregarded by the younger members of the Ivory clan, who like to imagine Granny as a bedridden relic of a dead era. That's a mistake, and it's not their only one. A series of malicious attacks is threatening the family business -

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Gabrielle Ivory was once a society beauty of such exquisite arrogance that she stared down a queen. But now, nearing 90, she's largely disregarded by the younger members of the Ivory clan, who like to imagine Granny as a bedridden relic of a dead era. That's a mistake, and it's not their only one. A series of malicious attacks is threatening the family business - one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world. Robert Ivory and his high-strung wife, frantic to preserve the status-quo, want to chalk it all up to practical jokes gone wrong. But Gabrielle is not inclined to collude in this delusion.

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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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"Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light."  —Agatha Christie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786702909
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.55(d)

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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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 20, 1904
Date of Death:
June 30, 1966
Place of Birth:
London
Place of Death:
Colchester, Essex, England
Education:
Endsleigh House School, Colchester; the Perse School, Cambridge; and the Regent Street Polytechnic, London

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