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The author of the book: Margery Allingham
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Reader ratings: 5.7
Date of issue: January 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780140122435
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 437 KB
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Ms. Allingham, you can't just slap some Ruritanian Romance into your mystery. It does not work, just like the Holy Grail stand-in, tower-of-mystery trappings in Look to the Lady didn't work. And while I'm being blunt, the gritty crime action? You're not so hot at that, either. Stick to the standard parlor-mystery with clues 'n' stuff -- you do that so much better. There's not much mystery in this mystery: the good guys (representing the British government) race to get the Ruritarian McGuffins before the the bad guys. There are a couple of cute barely-legal lasses and some fist-fights.
The brightest note in this installment was the introduction of Amanda Fitton, one of the few Allingham characters I find pretty consistently likable. It is slightly interesting, if it's not a coincidence, that the two novels with the most Romantic trappings are the two that also have the only vestiges for romance. For Campion, I mean; most of her books have the standard innocent-you-love-interests of mysteries of this period. I found the hint-of-interest-but-we're-not-acting-on-it here more convincing than the asserted romantic disappointment in Look to the Lady, because in that case he'd known the woman in question for years and had been ignoring her obvious attraction to him; he didn't display any interest in her until she fell for someone else. I feel like Allingham just put that in the book to make it clear that Campion isn't gay or completely asexual.
Also, there was a scene that pissed me off (view spoiler)[where Amanda's brother Hal physically manhandles her, twisting her arms and dragging her to lock her in a shed. Not for any practical reason, even, just because he's angry at her and wants to punish her (hide spoiler)]. Totally superfluous to the plot. A lot of the book felt kind of haphazard. Reasonably entertaining, but not terribly successful. I'd recommend it more to series completists than mystery lovers.
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Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine. Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt's magazine.
Soon after Margery's birth, the family left London for Essex. She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter. They married in 1928. He was her collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.
Margery's breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel, The Crime at Black Dudley . The novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character. After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back for Mystery Mile and continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.
After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966. Her husband finished her last novel, A Cargo of Eagles at her request, and published it in 1968.
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