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Blackkerchief Dick [Kindle Edition]

Margery Allingham
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Book Description

First published in 1923, this is a historical novel about smugglers set on Mersea Island in the 17th century inspired by a series of seances held by the Allingham family while on holiday on Mersea.

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About the Author

Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London.

Allingham wrote steadily through her school days, at first in Colchester and later as a boarder at the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge, where she wrote, produced, and performed in a costume play. After her return to London in 1920 she enrolled at the Regent Street Polytechnic, where she studied drama and speech training in a successful attempt to overcome a childhood stammer.

The Allinghams retained a house on Mersea Island, a few miles from Layer Breton, and here Margery Allingham found the material for her first novel, the adventure story Blackkerchief Dick (1923) which was published when she was nineteen. Two years earlier she had participated in a series of séances, during which messages ostensibly from seventeenth-century pirates and smugglers were received.
The White Cottage Mystery was her first essay in detection, written as a serial for the Daily Express in 1927 and published as a book a year later.

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  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (October 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069RWXYY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Margery Allingham's first novel January 22, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Margery Allingham wrote this, her first novel, at an early age--but she came from a very literary family. It was written before she tried her hand at mystery novels. I believe both this and the following The White Cottage Mystery (her next effort which was a mystery) have been unavailable until recently, but Bloomsbury has issued both. I am about to start the latter (which BTW is pre-Campion). So, her writing progressed from novel to mystery to Campion mysteries (for which she is famous as a member of the British Golden Age of Mystery.

"Blackkerchief Dick" gets its name from the main character (who is quite a character) who wears a black kerchief over his hair. Compared to the other characters he's quite a dandy. The novel, while set on an island frequented by smugglers is mostly about a love triangle--Blackkerchief Dick, his rival Hal, and Anny (the latter two work at The Ship). It includes a host of characters ranging from very nice to very selfish.

I found it a relatively slow read and seemingly somewhat predictable--until the end. Similar to a mystery novel, there's a twist or two there which I certainly didn't expect. The light and dark are juxtaposed with fate--including a situation reminiscent of "Hamlet" for Hal. "The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune..." apply here. This fairy tale is more Grimm's than Hans Christian Anderson's. A quote from the book is also an appropriate addition to my quotes collection: p. 214: "The Lord gave women tears that their hearts might not break every day."
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1.0 out of 5 stars NOT an Albert Campion Mystery August 9, 2014
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I don't know who is writing their taglines at, but if a listener is looking for an Albert Campion book, this is not it. This is a pre Campion story from Allingham, so if you are looking for the series character, you will not find it here. Time to clean up the product descriptions.
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