The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham (Paperback)
The White Cottage Mystery: Classic Crime from the Golden Age. Margery Allingham is J.K. Rowling’s favorite Golden Age author.
Eric Crowther collected secrets and used them as weapons. Crowther delighted in nothing more than torturing those around him with what he knew, so there is no shortage of suspects when he is found dead in the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry will have to look deep into everyone’s past—including the victim’s—before they can be sure who has pulled the trigger. The fact that Jerry is in love with one of the suspects, however, might complicate things. With a country house, blackmail and murder, The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham is a classic of the Golden Age of detective fiction.
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.