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Campion returns from three years’ work for the War Office in Europe to find that Lugg, his manservant, has brought him an unusual gift: the black silk nightdress-clad body of a dead woman, an apparent suicide. Wanting only to get away to a well-deserved rest, Campion must instead assist Detective Chief Inspector Oates and Superintendent Yeo in unravelling a tangled plot of deception and murder as the war draws to its conclusion.
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Campion returns from three years’ work for the War Office in Europe to find that Lugg, his manservant, has brought him an unusual gift: the black silk nightdress-clad body of a dead woman, an apparent suicide. Wanting only to get away to a well-deserved rest, Campion must instead assist Detective Chief Inspector Oates and Superintendent Yeo in unravelling a tangled plot of deception and murder as the war draws to its conclusion.
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“Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever.”
Sara Paretsky

“Margaret Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world.”
Tatler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708902691
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1979
  • Series: Albert Campion Series, #12
  • Pages: 418

Meet the Author

MARGERY ALLINGHAM was born in London in 1904. She sold her first story at age 8 and published her first novel before turning 20. She married the artist, journalist and editor Philip Youngman Carter in 1927. In 1928 Allingham published her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, and the following year, in The Crime at Black Dudley, she introduced the detective who was to become the hallmark of her sophisticated crime novels and murder mysteries -- Albert Campion. Famous for her London thrillers, such as Hide My Eyes and The Tiger in the Smoke, Margery Allingham has been compared to Dickens in her evocation of the city's shady underworld. Acclaimed by crime novelists such as P.D. James, Allingham is counted alongside Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Gladys Mitchell as a pre-eminent Golden Age crime writer. Margery Allingham died in 1966.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Pure Lugg This Time

    In the waning days of World War II Albert Campion has returned from Europe on leave. His intent is a quick stopover in his old London flat and then to take a train into the country to be with his wife Amanda and a child he only knows from letters. Unfortunately, he surprises Lugg and Lady Carados, the mother of his close friend Johnny, carrying a corpse into his rooms. And it goes on from there. Campion is thrown willy-nilly into a murder investigation.

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