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The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery…

The Crime at Black Dudley (1929)

by Margery Allingham

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Series: Albert Campion (1)

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Very slow beginning is the reason why I gave this book only three stars. ( )
  stiina.sild | Mar 10, 2018 |
Very interesting book. Unfortunately, Albert Campion doesn't appear much, and the story looses a bit without him. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
This is the first of Allingham’s novels about Albert Campion that I’ve tried (although he’s not the protagonist in this one). If you like the classic British mystery/thriller (e.g., Sayers, Christie, Tey, Marsh), then this is worth reading. I’ve read that Campion is often compared to Lord Peter Wimsey, which I can see somewhat although Campion—at least in this book—is much more the odd duck than Peter ever was. ( )
  TadAD | Aug 6, 2016 |
Meh. Dated and dull. None of the characters was interesting enough for me to care one way or another whether they met with a Dire Fate. The question of “who done it,” pursued through the book, failed to compel the slightest interest in me, since it really didn't matter at all. Campion, who might be expected to be the main character, given that the series is named for him, appears only sporadically, but this is rather a blessing since Allingham, failing to make him charmingly enigmatic, which I suspect was her aim, went so far overboard with his idiotic banter that he is repellantly irritating. Really, the only aspect of the book which I enjoyed was that, after reading in Amazon's description that “Allingham is J.K. Rowling's favourite Golden Age author,” I was amused to note that the arch villain in this is named Dawlish, as is one of the baddies in the Harry Potter series (though, in his defense, Rowling's Dawlish may have been a victim of the Confundus curse, unlike Allingham's whole-heartedly wicked character). ( )
  meandmybooks | Jun 3, 2016 |
The first in the series of Albert Campion "mysteries," although it's easy to dismiss this one and move straight on to "Mystery Mile," the first to focus on Campion as the protagonist. Frankly, it's obvious from the start that these aren't true mysteries in the traditional sense: an Allingham novel rarely gives the audience the ability to put all of the pieces together on their own, and this one is no exception. It is more accurate, really, to call the Campion books adventure-thrillers, and usually well-characterized ones at that.

At this early stage, though, many of the characters feel quite similar: most of them are upper-class young people, and they pretty much all speak in the same affected 1920s vernacular. It is absolutely obvious that the stand-out character is Albert Campion himself, who features here as an *extremely* showy secondary character. He takes the lingo to its zenith, fooling around and generally making an ass of himself, all the while managing to quite cleverly manipulate the situation. Small wonder Allingham chose to focus on him in her next thriller and for many more books thereafter.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this book is its rapid tonal shifts - from thriller to romance and back again - and the final chapter's venture into social moralization feels just a little bit awkward (not to mention extremely surprising). There are, to be fair, better novels of this type from the era; Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary leaps to mind as one, although neither her Tommy or Tuppence are nearly as vivid a character as Campion. And that's the difference, really: if Christie is better at plot twists, Allingham quite honestly has the upper hand at characterization. This isn't her most layered or enjoyable work, to be sure. Still, it's a not inauspicious beginning, and it definitely whets the appetite for more adventures with the elusive Mr. Campion. ( )
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Davidson, AndrewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Degner, HelmutTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorpe, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Originally published in Britain as "The Crime at Black Dudley." US title is "The Black Dudley Murder."
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George Abbershaw is set for a social weekend at Black Dudley manor, hosted by Wyatt Petrie and his elderly uncle Colonel Combe, who enjoys the company of Bright Young Things. With Meggie Oliphant in attendance, George looks forward to the chance of getting closer to the girl he's set his heart on. But when murder spoils the party, the group soon find out that not only is there a killer in their midst, but the house is under the control of notorious criminals. Trapped and at their mercy, George must find a way to thwart their diabolical plans while getting himself and Meggie out alive.

Luckily for Abbershaw, among the guests is Albert Campion a garrulous and affable party-crasher with a great knack for solving mysteries and interrogating suspects.

The Crime at Black Dudley, first published in 1929, is the first novel to introduce Margery Allingham's amiable and much loved sleuth Albert Campion. [retrieved 11/10/16 from Amazon.com]
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A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars. It's the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery, and bringing it to perfection is the introduction?in a supporting role, for the first and last time?of Albert Campion, the consummate (if compulsively quipping) Gentleman Sleuth. The guests take some time to be grateful for Campion's presence; he is a bit peculiar, and they have more than enough distractions, what with various complicated love affairs, a curious ritual involving a jeweled dagger, and a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

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