Blackkerchief Dick: A Tale of Mersea Island by Margery Allingham (Paperback)
First published in 1923, Blackkerchief Dick: A Tale of Mersea Island by Margery Allingham is the author’s first novel, written at the age of nineteen. Preceding her much adored Albert Campion series, Blackkerchief Dick is a standalone novel that showcases the author’s raw and evergreen writing. Centering on a group of smugglers on Mersea Island in the 17th century, Allingham explores how true love and friendship can be found in the darkest of places. With romance, heartbreak, and adventure on an even keel, Blackkerchief Dick ticks along to the beat of a smuggler’s life: murder, rum, and the old call of the sea.
Margery Louise Allingham is ranked among the most distinguished and beloved detective fiction writers of the Golden Age alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Allingham is J.K. Rowling’s favorite Golden Age author and Agatha Christie said that out of all the detective stories she remembers, Margery Allingham “stands out like a shining light.” The Allingham family retained a house on Mersea Island, a few miles from Layer Breton, and it was here that Margery found the material for the adventure story Blackkerchief Dick (1923). She went on to pen multiple novels, some of which dealt with occult themes and some with mystery, as well as writing plays and stories – her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, was serialized in the Daily Express in 1927.
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