never never seems to drop even at the heights of heroism and derring do he still appears tonever seems to drop even at the heights of heroism and derring do he still appears to 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 Black Dudley a gloomy old place a great grey building bare and 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 pon the lights are extinguished and the Dudley Dagger game is decided Londons Late Night Scandal (Midnight Secrets, upon the lights are extinguished and the Dudley Dagger 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 First published in 1929 The Crime at Black 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 theirky 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 ite as vapid and slow as you might expectapa in US as THE BLACK DUDLEY MURDER 19.
Free read The Crime at Black DudleyAlbert Campion gatecrashes a party at Black Dudley Manor in which Colonel Coombe dies in suspicious circumstances It turns out the Colonel Coombe dies in suspicious circumstances It turns out the Colonel supposed to give a package to Benjamin Dawlish and Coombe dies in suspicious circumstances It turns out the Colonel was supposed to give a package to Benjamin Dawlish and is now lost Dawlish and
his criminal gang now hold the guests captive It becomes clear that the Colonel has been murdered to Abbershaw andcriminal gang now hold the guests captive It becomes clear that the Colonel has been murdered to Abbershaw and medic However it the irky 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 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 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 slang to enjoy sometimes reminiscent of PG Wodehouse Yet another pleasure is the fact that the book is set in the Suffolk countryside an area Allingham knew wellThe book starts off as a house party mystery where A house party is nder 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. Uests rashly agree to take part in a ritual INVOLVING A CEREMONIAL DAGGER THIS IS AN EVEN WORSE a ceremonial dagger This is an even worse than accepting an invitation to the house party in the first place Inevitably the game results in murder and soon the plot is thickening by the minute with various fiendish villains putting in an appearance Campion isn t actually the detective in this book but for a time appears to be a suspect The main character is a pathologist called George Abbershaw I Have Read Somewhere That Allingham read somewhere that Allingham fancied him as her series detective which would have made him one of the first pathologist heroes However George isn t really very interesting and even in this book you can see the author s attention already shifting to Campion with hints of his fascinating personality and multiple talents I don t think this book is as good as the rest of the series and the plot doesn t really hang together but it s still an enjoyable read largely because of all the fun Allingham has with this young and silly version of her hero The Crime at Black Dudley is the first in Margery Allingham 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 pper class twit alternately amusing and annoying but gradually reveals himself to be a sort of a Scarlet Pimpernel for hire Th. 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. ,