of the joys of reading is that there’s an unlimited supply of good books to
discover. And who knows when or where you’ll stumble onto something new. A
casual aside by my sister--during a wandering conversation about the recent PBS series Downton Abbey, Upstairs
Downstairs (both old and new), Poirot, Martha Grimes' latest Richard Jury novel, audio books, and a
local mystery bookstore--steered me to Margery Allingham, author of a series of
crime novels featuring the “aristocratic, unassuming” detective Albert Campion.
Her books were quite popular between the wars (I and II, that is), and are
being reissued by Felony & Mayhem Press (who can resist that name?).
a break from my biographies and Edwardian-era histories, I’ve started the first
Campion, The Crime at Black Dudley. Here's hoping for a long and satisfying relationship.
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re: This could be the start of something big
Tue, Aug 9 2011 11:10 AM
If you end up not liking that book, don't give up! Allingham's first Campion novel is actually rather terrible. But they very quickly start to get better and better and eventually become some of the best books ever. I'm in the middle of rereading them all now, and some of them just leave chills down my spine.