Murder turns a weekend house party at Black Dudley Manor into a deadly affair when the host is discovered brutally slain. Nor do gruesome rituals, callous interrogations, and perilous traps add to the fun. Fatal mystification might win the day, if Albert Campion were not there to sift through the motives and clues as with brilliant detection and his signature charm he penetrates the heart of the crime.
About the Author
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the book which introduces the character Albert Campion. He's very much a subsidiary character in the story, the real sleuthing is left to Dr George Abbershaw, and no one would have guessed that it the seemingly foolish and, possibly, criminal, Campion would become Allingham's main character. The story seems to reflect many of the concerns circulating in late 1920s Britain, or in British crime fiction, concerning the rise of criminal gangs, managed by criminal masterminds. Sadly the story, and its solution, feels dated, even so its an interesting introduction to Campion.