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The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion) Kindle Edition
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"An extremely fine tale of death in an English country house" --New York Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00J8K56NE
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Reader; 1st edition (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 980 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08K41SZMT
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,028 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book has excellent dialog, but fails in almost every other regard/ George Abbershaw comes across as protagonist, although this is billed as an Albert Campion mystery. The guests are a strange mixed bag. A ruthless German (in 1920's England) proceeds torment them, in search of some package of dubious value. The servants are gang members, who can be detained in the service area by locking a single door.
The guests are saved from certain incineration by arrival of a local fox-hunt, complete with hounds and horn. The plot dissolution (as opposed to resolution) overs in the course of a long road chase involving the murder victims car, a 1095 brougham mounter on a twenties-vintage Rolls-Royse Phantom chassis - roughly equivalent to the highly improbable combination of a 1931 Model A Ford on a Lincoln Town Chair frame.
I haven't read any of Allingham's other books, although I am a big Christie fan. I probably won't bother.
Allingham’s sleuth, if he could be called that, is Albert Campion, a young man remarkable for his imbecility. He does silly magic tricks. He indulges his annoying sense of humor at singularly inappropriate times. He occasionally tells outrageous lies. The art of talking rubbish in any circumstances is his peculiar talent. He claims to hate guns but is oddly adept at using them. Patently unheroic in appearance, he somehow keeps saving the skins of his companions.
His companions are a group of young people at a weekend party who find themselves in a nest of vicious criminals. The setting is a gloomy and isolated country mansion riddled with secret passageways and lighted only by candles. Odd things happen, including a creepy game with a dagger (a peculiar family tradition) and a suspicious death.
There’s lots of action, and a measure of romance too. Although Campion as the mystery sleuth is an attention-grabber, we also have an appealing protagonist, a scholarly young pathologist who has worked with Scotland Yard, and who is charmingly and unexpectedly in love.
There’s a lot to like in this exuberant crime novel, though it may not be perfect. Plenty of time for perfection to arise as the series unfolds.
All of the parts with Albert Campion are amusing. Other parts do drag a bit (besides pompous George, there is another supporting character named Kennedy who is a bit of a drag). This book also contains a mention of the Simister gang, which plays a big part in one of the subsequent books in the series. Also notable is that we are left in doubt as to what kind of person Albert is although he is undoubtedly very versatile behind his foolish face and foolish manner. He is the most entertaining character in the novel which is why he ended up with a series and the other characters faded into oblivion.
Recommended because it is the first appearance of the delightful Albert Campion.
It has been about twenty years since I had first read this book. I just reread it before writing this and I did enjoy rereading it. I had forgotten about George Abershaw! He is a forgettable character.
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Indeed, much of the action is told from the point of view of Dr George Abbershaw, one of the guests of a weekend party at the house of Colonel Gordon Coombe, whose nephew, Wyatt Petrie, organises groups of young people to visit and amuse his uncle. The house is a somewhat forbidding setting for a party, but Abbershaw is more interested in a young lady called Margaret Oliphant than the location. Still, romantic considerations aside, there are a mix of guests, including a keen Cambridge rugger blue, a young doctor, a couple of rather sinister guests of the Colonel and a ‘silly ass’ called Albert Campion, who nobody seems to have invited…
When Petrie tells of a family ritual involving the fifteenth century ‘Black Dudley Dagger,’ the guests agree to play along and, when the lights come back on, it seems that there has been a tragedy. Worst still, the Colonel’s rather unpleasant, and unfriendly, guests, claim to have lost something of great importance and, if it is not returned, there will be consequences. Despite appearing as a rather inoffensive, unintelligent character, Campion turns out to be very useful in the following crisis, as the guests find themselves prisoners in the isolated house, unable to escape. However, this actually turns out to be a murder mystery, wrapped in a tale of criminal gangs. Overall, I am glad I read this first book and would certainly like to read on and discover more about Albert Campion.