The Mystery Man of Soho by Margery Allingham (Paperback)
Margery Allingham was an English writer of mystery and detective fiction, best remembered for her stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. She also wrote a number of non-series stories, some under the pseudonym of Maxwell March. The Mystery Man of Soho is one such story. It features Detective Inspector Bob Fisher of Scotland Yard. Although it is a book length novel, it was originally published in the December 1946 issue of the magazine Thrilling Detective. This book, including its cover, is illustrated with all the artwork of the original magazine publication.
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.