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.
The Fashion in Shrouds (Albert Campion Series #10)by Margery Allingham
The Fashion in Shrouds introduces Albert Campion's sister, a talented young clothing designer with a roster of celebrated clients. The most celebrated among them is Georgia Wells, a glamorous actress who exemplifies the 1930s femme fatale. Georgia is vain, stupid, and self-centered, but men fly to her like moths to a flame. And like those moths, they often meet unhappy ends. Georgia's fans chalk it up to her irresistibly dangerous allure, but Campion isn't so sure. For one thing, he reckons, Georgia isn't actually all that alluring. And for another, he suspects she might be just a bit more deliberately fatale than her public would like to believe.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- May 20, 1904
- Date of Death:
- June 30, 1966
- Place of Birth:
- Place of Death:
- Colchester, Essex, England
- Endsleigh House School, Colchester; the Perse School, Cambridge; and the Regent Street Polytechnic, London
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This delightful tale finds Albert Campion working his way through a Chinese puzzle of fashion designers, theatrical and entertainment people. He is trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance and death of the son of a friend, Richard Portland-Smith, a successful attorney, engaged to the beautiful actress Georgia Wells who disappeared without a trace several years ago. His remains have finally been found by Campion, and it seems apparent that he had committed suicide. Campion gets the help of his sister, Val, a well-known designer. Val introduces him to people in the theatrical world and this is how he hopes to unravel the reason for Richard's death.