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Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (Paperback)

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Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham (Paperback)

Mystery Mile by Margery Allingham, first published in 1930, is the second novel starring eccentric and well-loved amateur sleuth, Albert Campion.

Albert Campion is sailing home when he saves the life of fellow passenger, Judge Crowdy Lobbett. Hunted by the notoriously deadly Simister gang, it seems as though the judge’s troubles have followed him from America. Determined to catch the infamous gang leader, Albert bundles the judge, along with his son Marlowe and beautiful daughter Isopel, to the manor at Mystery Mile, where he hopes to lure the villain out into the open. But the safe haven of Mystery Mile is soon invaded by danger, and when people start disappearing, the race to uncover the enigma of their enemy’s true identity becomes ever more urgent.

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), which was published when she was just nineteen. 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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