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OF WHOM WERE UITE POPULAR INwhom were uite popular in day but have sadly fallen into obscurity Campion has been cheated of the lasting fame that is his dueBut perhaps Bloomsbury Reader s new edition of Campion s first case The Crime at Black Dudley first published in 1929 can remedy the situationLike television s Colombo or Lord Peter Wimsey the fair haired bespectacled Albert Campion at first glance appears to be a bit of fool Do not be taken in Wise cracking and with a high pitched voice Campion is crazy like a fox unlike the moralistic Lord Peter he doesn t mind playing both on the side of the law and on the other Campion s in attendance at a house party at Black Dudley when the host Colonel Gordon Coombe a wheelchair bound man who wears a plate on his face to cover hideous scars from the war dies Although his personal physician claims the death due to heart trouble two other guests pathologist Dr George Abbershaw and newly minted doctor Michael Prenderby soon work out that Coombe was murdered They begin trying to ferret out what secrets lie at Black Dudley but it is Campion of course who truly shines when the crooks emerge The Crime at Black Dudley contains a good deal suspense and twists that you d ever expect in a British cozy released in 1929 Although than 85 years old the novel remains as much of a five star read as ever and I read it in just a few sittings Priced at a mere 199 in the Kindle format readers owe it to themselves to get a taste of Allingham s delightfully uirky series with The Crime at Black DudleyIn the spirit of full disclosure I received this ebook from NetGalley and Bloomsbury Reader in return for an honest review A weekend house party a ritual involving an ancient dagger a murder stolen documents house guests held hostage Sounds like the perfect weekend This is the first of Margery Allingham s novels to feature her amateur detective Albert Campion but strangely he is only in a supporting role here I found this book entertaining especially when Campion was on the scene but I expect this series gets better as it goes along Published in 1929 this is the first Albert Campion mystery My introduction to Campion came through a later book and disliking reading books out of order I found that a confusing and difficult read However as I enjoy Golden Age detective fiction I determined to give Margery Allingham another try and to read the first in the series even though I now that the book has mixed reactions In a way that is because this is not a traditional mystery it has a story set in a traditional country weekend but then descends into something of a romp concerning criminal gangs secret passages and only has Albert Campion as a minor characterIndeed much of the action is told from the point of view of Dr George Abbershaw one of the guests of a weekend party at the house of Colonel Gordon Coombe whose nephew Wyatt Petrie organises groups of young people to visit and amuse his uncle The house is a somewhat forbidding setting for a party but Abbershaw is interested in a young lady called Margaret Oliphant than the location Still romantic considerations aside there are a mix of guests including a een Cambridge rugger blue a young doctor a couple of rather sinister guests of the Colonel and a silly ass called Albert Campion who nobody seems to have invitedWhen Petrie tells of a family ritual involving the fifteenth century Black Dudley Dagger the guests agree to play along and when the lights come back on it seems that there has been a tragedy Worst still the Colonel s rather unpleasant and unfriendly guests claim to have lost something of great importance and if it is not returned there will be conseuences Despite appearing as a rather inoffensive unintelligent character Campion turns out to be very useful in the following crisis as the guests find themselves prisoners in the isolated house unable to escape However this actually turns out to be a murder mystery wrapped in a tale of criminal gangs Overall I am glad I read this first book and would certainly like to read on and discover about Albert Campion #First Published In 1929 The Crime At #published in 1929 The Crime at Dudley is set in a gloomy manor where a social weekend goes awry when a person is murdered Allingham introduces her leading detective Albert Campion the uirky yet affable gentleman who would later be featured in another twenty mystery novels While the opening pages are atmospheric and the setting holds promise the characters lack depth and nuance and the narrative suffers from the same irritating flaws as Murder on the Orient Express Albert Campion leaps to a bizarre conclusion and he withholds information that makes it impossible for readers to solve the murder. To the Colonel – and just who is the mysterious Mr Campion Neither the story nor Albert Campion is uite as vapid and slow as you might expectapa in US as THE BLACK DUDLEY MURDER 19.
Margery Allingham Á 0 ReadBecomes secondary to the very real need for the guests to figure out a way to escape One of the gang members is referred to as The Jew It isn t until almost the end of the novel that Margery Allingham reveals his name as Gideon The descriptions of him are rather odious and dripping with contempt The anti semitism the writer must have felt #Was Not Subtle The Book Was Published In 1929 But #not subtle The book was published in 1929 but the use of the term THE JEW bothered me If Allingham had called him Gideon but described him as a Jew with smarmy personality traits it probably wouldn t have bothered me as much It was a distraction but not enough to eep me from enjoying the book It is revealed that our sleuth Campion is not his real name He uses a series of pseudonyms to eep his enemies confused and Scotland Yard unsure of his intentions He doesn t always operate on the right side of the law He is certainly a free spirit with a royal pedigree that is only alluded to but not explained in this book Allingham wrote 17 novels and 20 short stories featuring Campion I ve read that is revealed about Campion s past in the second book Mystery Mile I m hooked so I m in for a foot as well as the full mile If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Alas I did not enjoy this mystery The pacing was awkward the locale aggressively gothic the romance element flat and stilted and the setup for the crime absurdly over the top with a level of emotional maturity and depth similar to what you d find in a Scooby Doo cartoonIf you want to read The Crime at Black Dudley please do so Brace yourself for a story that feels remarkably like a transcription of the movie Clue Members of a random house party wander around a large isolated mansion with the lights out and a dagger being passed around Murder Later a strange hostage situation develops where nobody can escape and people move around in pairs searching the house looking for the bad guys Where is Tim Curry Where s the singing telegram SheeshAllingham occasionally falls prey to intensely Purple Prose One short example You can call it absurd with your modern platonic suitability complexes he said but I fell in love with a woman
As Nine Tenths Ofnine tenths of have done since the race began and will continue to do until all resemblance of the original animal is civilized out of us and the race ends with her face and with her carriage and with her body I mean come on Allingham has a male character identify a woman s fingernails as hideously over manicured What does that even mean How is it a sinister impediment to matrimony Worried about my own nails nowPublished in 1929 this was written in the space between the world wars shortly after Dorothy L Sayers began publishing Their work follows similar lines but their upbringing and education differed widely and it shows in the resulting tone of their writing The real core of my dislike for this book is Albert Campion who mimics my beloved Lord Peter Wimsey in many ways but inevitably falls short They are both amateur detectives born into the British aristocracy both talk piffle both employ menservants and both bachelors who later marry Why is Peter better than Albert Sayers once commented that Lord Peter was a mixture of Fred Astaire and Bertie Wooster Albert seems to be a combination of Adam Sandler and a Great Dane Peter has the superior manservant Lugg is all well and good but can t really be compared with Bunter Peter speaks and acts like a real gentleman bringing patience genteel condescension and gallant civility to his associations with colleagues ladies and the lower classes Above all Peter has good manners he is courteous and affable Albert is unrefined pompous vacuous lacking in tact and suavity Even if Albert s foolish manner is supposed to be just a clever front for his underlying good breeding it is too convincing a mask and too rarely removed to be allowed to be a costume of necessity Albert s rudeness and general ass hattery is a full time facade overwhelming his nobility This is an endearingly bonkers Golden Age mystery of a thriller than a whodunit I have a very soft spot for The Crime at Black Dudley because it is the first appearance of Margery Allingham s beloved detective silly ass Albert Campion There s
Also Endless 1920s Slangendless 1920s slang enjo Poor Albert Campion gets no respect nor does his author Margery AllinghamNinety years after Hercule Poirot first exercised his little grey cells in The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Lord Peter Wimsey first pranced through Whose Body these redoubtable detectives and their brilliant authors are still household names But Albert Campion Like Ngaio Marsh s Roderick Alleyn Gladys Mitchell s Mrs Bradley or Patri. Someone dies Pathologist George Abbershaw suspects foul play and when a vital item is mislaid a gang of crooks hold the guests hostage Will they escape the house – what did happen. ,
Albert Campion gatecrashes a party at
Black Dudley Manor in which Colonel Coombe dies in suspicious circumstances It turns out the ColonelDudley Manor in which Colonel Coombe dies in suspicious circumstances It turns out the Colonel supposed to give a package to Benjamin Dawlish and it is now lost Dawlish and his criminal gang now hold the guests captive It
becomes clear that the colonel has been murderedclear that the Colonel has been murdered Abbershaw and the medic However it the uirky and mercurial Albert Campion who is instrumental in getting to the bottom of the case Even though this is a relatively old mystery story it is full of twists and suspense I am glad that this novel was available currently as a Bloomsbury Reader via netgalley as it is a great example of the golden age of detective fiction Many thanks to Bloomsbury for a copy of the book via netgalley WHOA I had a long review for this with a discussion thread and now they are simply goneAnd no I definitely wasn t talking about the author in the review so it wouldn t have been deleted for that #reason The Crime at Black Dudley is the first in Margery #The Crime at Black Dudley is the first in Margery s Albert Campion series but it is not exactly a novel featuring Albert Campion but instead a novel in which a minor character called Albert Campion appears and takes over the bookI can see why Allingham refused to halt Campion in his coup for he is an interesting character certainly interesting than the Scotland Yard pathologist George Abbershaw whom Allingham chose for her hero Campion appears at first glance to be nothing but an upper class twit alternately amusing and annoying but gradually reveals himself to be a sort of a Scarlet Pimpernel for hire The difference is that with Campion the mask never never seems to drop even at the heights of heroism and derring do he still appears to be a bit of a twitThe plot is a hodge podge of tired gothic imagery country house mystery romantic comedy and saga of international crime reminiscent of John Willards popular play The Cat and the Canary 1922 A group of attractive young people gather for a party at Black Dudley a gloomy old place a great grey building bare and ugly as a fortress After dinner an old family tale is told concerning the bloody history of the prominently displayed Dudley Dagger Soon a game is decided upon the lights are extinguished and the Dudley Dagger claims another victimI didn t find this novel in the least compelling for it veers off in far too many directions and the murder and the murderer are not in themselves very interesting Still the individual scenes were either suspenseful or amusing and I can see how Campion would make an entertaining heroYes I believe I may read another Campion novel someday Up the well nown creek I first met Albert Campion when I stumbled across the BBC TV show called Campion starring Peter Davison I don t Testing Aircraft, Exploring Space know if there is a bizarre detective in publishing history Having a conversation with Campion is sort of like having a conversation with Robin Williams His mind is so brilliant that he skips ahead of us mortals making connections assertions and leaps of logic that are impossible to follow step by step We have to hope to assemble enough of the pieces to get a general idea of what he is talking about This is the first Campion novel though in this book he is just a colorful supporting character Pathologist Dr George Abbershaw takes center stage as the lead amateur detective After reading the book her American publishers suggested she focus on Campion with future novels Sometimes publishersnow what they are talking about Campion arrives at the ancient manor Black Dudley to crash a party though like many such events it takes a while for the hosts to figure out he is not invited bywellanyone He is a man of dubious character and as the plot continues he plays the role of red herring foil and eventual hero When Colonel Coombe the uncle of the owner of Black Dudley dies under dubious circumstances during the party it seems he was not exactly on the up and up and was using the party as a cover to meet with some of his shady associates Whatever Coombe was supposed to pass to a Benjamin Dawlish is lost Dawlish with the help of his criminal gang who were posing as hired help for the household drains the petrol from the all the cars and effectively holds all the guests hostage No one is to leave until the package is retrieved Campion is a bit of a well meaning lutz and finds himself than once in precarious circumstances due to his impetuous manner of investigation Abbershaw doesn t now exactly what Campion is up to but he nows he can t trust him completely Campion is a natural focus for the gang for retrieving their package He is tortured but escapes through a hidden passage way to rejoin the rest of the guests The criminal plot is rather convoluted and. A house party is under way at the remote mansion of Black Dudley and among the guests are some very shady characters As they playfully recreate the ritual of the Black Dudley Dagger. .