The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham

The plot is simple: Jerry finds a lovely girl and drives her home. Just as they arrive, a shot is heard. The dead man is a neighbor, who is hated by everyone around him. It just so happens that Jerry’s father is the famous Detective Chief Inspector Challenor, and aided …

The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

The Tiger in the Smoke is an intelligent crime novel set just a few years after World War II. It’s a tough time in London. Many people are quite poor and many ex-servicemen are having a difficult time. London is also being plagued by a pea-soup fog, which lends a …

The Fashion in Shrouds by Margery Allingham

This mystery sees Albert Campion visiting his sister, Val, who is the top designer at a fashion house. Their family approves of neither of them, but the way. Val has been working on dresses for the actress Georgia Wells. Campion has found the skeleton of Georgia’s former fiance in a …

Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham

My problem with Dancers in Mourning is that while the plot itself is well-done, Campion is not his usual self. He’s over-emotionally involved and it’s affecting his decisions and involvement with the case. To start off, Campion visits the theatre with ‘Uncle’ William Faraday, who has found his mostly fictional …

The Case of the Late Pig by Margery Allingham

“The main thing to remember in autobiography, I have always thought, is not to let any damned modesty creep in to spoil the story. This adventure is mine, Albert Campion’s, and I am fairly certain that I was pretty nearly brilliant in it in spite of the fact that I …

Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham

On a beautiful morning in 1911, Tom Barnabas, a director of the publishing firm Barnabas and Company, left his London house and walked down the street. Somewhere along that street, before he reached the tobacconist’s shop on the corner, he disappeared. His disappearance was never explained – or solved. Twenty …