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Margery Allingham (1904 - 1966) was one of Britain's leading detective novelists of crime fiction's 'Golden Age'. Her series detective Albert Campion can be considered together with other gentleman sleuths such as Dorothy L Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey and Ngaio Marsh's RoderickAlleyn. Many connoisseurs consider Allingham to have been a more technically inventive writer than either of those contemporaries. It's well worth reading her Campion novels in chronological order to watch them develop from the humourous, slightly zany Suffolk romps such as Mystery Mile (1930) and Sweet Danger (1933) to the chilling suspense of Tiger in the Smoke (1952) and Hide My Eyes (1958) and on to the experimental The Mind Readers and her final, unfinished novel Cargo of Eagles (1968) which was completed by her husband, Pip Youngman Carter, after her death.                                       Margery at her typewriter by A.J.Gregory c 1934 Margery is a supremely stylish writer with an individual, not to say idiosyncratic, view of life.  Her language is allusive and mataphorical with frequent shrewd and humourous asides. Occasionally this can slow the narrative action, as she recognised herself when she took 29,000 words out of her 1938 novel The Fashion in Shrouds when it was re-published for a new readership in the mid 1960s. In characteristic language she said that she found "too many carefuly hemmed turnings not to mention feather-stitching all the way down the seams." Margery loved sewing and presented herself as supremely content with her domestic existence in Essex. She revelled in her beautiful garden and welcomed friends, family and business colleagues to parties which might centre round a cricket match or have a fancy dress theme. They were Margery's excuse to stop working and enjoy the lifestyle that her books had earned.

One of Margery's novels The Beckoning Lady (1954) uses a rural party as its setting. Preparations for marketing- and publicity-conscious fun teeter on the verge of mania while the corpse upstream, caught only by a fragile barrier of sodden rushes, threatens at any moment to break free and ruin the carefully staged entertainments. Few of Margery's friends suspected that her own health and happiness was becoming increasingly precarious as her body aged and her responsibiities never diminished. Her sister Joyce was saddened when she read Margery's diaries afer her death and realised how much anxiety and frustration had lain submerged beneath the smiling surface. Margery's happiness was not completely fake but it was a considerably more complex achievement than it seemed. Her father, Herbert Allingham, described her as 'a curiously sane girl' but later in life she struggled against bi-polar depression and obesity and had to come to terms with her husband's chronic infidelity.

The Margery Allingham Society exists to celebrate Margery's life and work. Her Campion novels have been published in many countries and in different editions. Currently most are in print with Vintagepaperbacks. Audio versions are available from Hachette.

Comment from Barry Pike, Chairman of the Margery Allingham  Society
“She remains one of the most diverting and alluring of mystery novelists, zestful in narrative and dialogue, and supremely devious in her designs. She showed acute insight into character, and her books abound in witty and accurate observations of people, with an especially keen eye for an eccentric. Her sense of place carried her with ease from the chic resorts of the beau monde to a desolate island and a reeking dump. She had a vivid vein of fantasy, and very few of her jokes misfire. If the tone falters at times, there are no flat pages: her early training made her incapable of dullness. As a stylist she reached a high level of conscious elegance, from which she moved on to the graceful, pointed precision of her later manner.
Despite family resemblances between one novel and another, Allingham never repeated herself or wrote to a formula. Aware of the need to adapt her work to a changing world, she devised new forms, often taking risks and continually testing her range. She experimented freely, not always with success, but invariably with conviction and intelligence. Always an expert storyteller, she became a true novelist as she matured, refining and deepening her fictions to encompass significant themes, exploring the great abstractions: love and justice, good and evil, illusion and truth. Her work attains classic status and will not be forgotten; not for nothing was she compared to Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.”

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Bibliography

” I love Allingham most [of all the Queens of Crime], because she wrote best and is most surprising and satisfactory as a tale-teller… One of Allingham’s great gifts, or skills, is the conveying of intent human energy, the opposite quality of the languid young men… Allingham can do both good and evil convincingly. But her nature is generous – her readers must understand as well as shudder at these truly nasty persons.” A. S. Byatt

Margery Allingham is revered and loved by readers.  Her novels are intelligent, sophisticated, full of insight into characters and deviousness in terms of plot.  A real treat to read and joy to discover.  Her protagonist,  Albert Campion first appeared as a supporting character in The Crime at Black Dudley, an adventure story involving a ring of criminals, and would go on to feature in another 18 novels and over 20 short stories.

1917 –

The Rescue of the Rain Clouds – aged 13, she sold her fairy story to her Aunt Maud – Maud Huges – for publication in Mother and Home.

1923 Blackerchief Dick

1928The White Cottage Mystery

1929The Crime at Black Dudley

1930Mystery Mile

1931 Look to the Lady

1933 Sweet Danger

1933 – Other Man’s Danger (under pseudonym, Maxwell March)

1934Death of a Ghost

1935 – Rogue’s Holiday (under pseudonym, Maxwell March)

1936 – The Shadow in the House (under pseudonym, Maxwell March)

1936 Flowers for the Judge

1937Dancers in Mourning

1938– The Fashion in Shrouds

1938Mr. Campion and Others (short stories)

1940Black Plumes

1941The Oaken Heart (autobiographical)

1941Traitor’s Purse

1943Dance of the Years

1945Coroner’s Pidgin

1946Wanted: Someone Innocent (short stories)

1947The Casebook of Mr Campion (short stories)

1948More Work for the Undertaker

1949Deadly Duo (UK – Take Two at Bedtime (1950)) – two novellas –

Wanted: Someone Innocent and Last Act

1952The Tiger in the Smoke

1954No Love Lost – two novellas –

The Patient at Peacocks Hall and Safer Than Love

1955The Beckoning Lady

1958Hide My Eyes

1963The China Governess

1965The Mind Readers

1968Cargo Eagles (completed by Philip Youngman Carter)

1969 – Mr Mr. Campion’s Farthing (1969) (by Philip Youngman Carter)

Died – 30 June 1966

1969The Allingham Case-Book (short stories)

1995 – The Darings of the Red Rose (originally an anonymously-published serial)

1999 – Room to Let: A Radio-Play

 

 

ALBERT CAMPION SERIES

THE CRIME AT BLACK DUDLEY

MYSTERY MILE

LOOK OT THE LADY

POLICE AT THE FUNERAL

SWEET DANGER

DEATH OF A GHOST

FLOWERS FOR THE JUDGE

DANCERS IN MOURNING

CASE OF THE LATE PIG

FASHION IN THE SHROUDS

TRAITOR’S PURSE

CORONER’S PIDGIN

MORE WORK FOR THE UNDERTAKER

TIGER IN THE SMOKE

THE BECKONING LADY

HIDE MY EYES

THE CHINA GOVERNESS

THE MIND READERS

CARGO OF EAGLES

 

OTHER WORKS

BLACK PLUMES

BLACKERCHIEF DICK

THE WHITE COTTAGE MYSTERY

THE OAKEN HEART

DANCE OF THE YEARS

WANTED: SOMEONE INNOCENT (SHORT STORIES

DEADLY DUO (TWO NOVELLAS)

NO LOVE LOST (TWO NOVELLAS)

THE ALLINGHAM CASE BOOK (SHORT STORIES)

THE DARINGS OF THE RED ROSE

THREE IS A LUCKY NUMBER