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The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (Paperback)

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The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham (Paperback)

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham, first published in 1929, is the first novel to introduce the amiable and much loved sleuth—Albert Campion.

A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars. It’s the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery.

George Abbershaw is set for a social weekend at Black Dudley manor, hosted by Wyatt Petrie and his elderly uncle Colonel Combe, who enjoys the company of Bright Young Things. With Meggie Oliphant in attendance, George looks forward to the chance of getting closer to the girl he’s set his heart on. But when murder spoils the party, the group soon find out that not only is there a killer in their midst, but the house is also under the control of notorious criminals. Trapped and at their mercy, George must find a way to thwart their diabolical plans while getting himself and Meggie out alive. Luckily for Abbershaw, among the guests is Albert Campion—a garrulous and affable party-crasher with a great knack for solving mysteries and interrogating suspects.

“An extremely fine tale of death in an English country house.” – The New York Times

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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