Summary

Scandal hits the staid publishing house of Barnabas when one of the directors is found dead in the strong-room. Suspicion immediately falls on his wife's lover, the junior partner in the firm. But how does an unpublished Restoration comedy come to feature in the tragedy? And what of the odd disappearance of another director twenty years before?
The trial of Mike Wedgwood for murder is nail-bitingly tense, and Albert Campion needs all his resources to uncover the truth.
Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. Her first work of detective fiction was a serialized story published by the Daily Express in 1927. Entitled The White Cottage Mystery, it contained atypical themes for a woman writer of the era.
Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime at Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.
©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 07-04-13

Classic crime

A wonderful example of its genre and time. Allingham evoked a time and place now past but in a manner worthry of attention

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5 out of 5 stars
By JB on 07-01-18

Outstanding!

Although this book is an old friend ( I 've just read for the third time in my life) There are so many layers, subtly drawn , sympathetic characters and unforseen plot developments that I 've derived a whole new level of enjoyment. Moved to the top of my list as one of her best!

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5 out of 5 stars
By L. Wittke on 17-05-17

One of the Best!

Very memorable. Love this narrator. The Campion books are variable, but this one is out of the box without being goofy. A delicious listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By peter on 27-11-17

ALWAYS A PLEASURE

Margery Allingham never writes down to her reader, nor resorts to feeble devices to make the novel appealing. Her style and stories are interesting enough that sometimes I forget which one I am listening to; the pleasure of following along on the trail of her clever prose and well-wrought characters is worth the effort without any need for periodic fixes of violence, lame social commentary, gender engineering or cute twists. It's always a pleasure to settle back and let Campion's adventures flow from one side of my head to the other.

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