Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, a monstrous but charming actress with a raffish entourage. Georgia's best friend just happens to be Valentine, a top couturière and Campion's sister. In order to protect Valentine, Campion must unravel a story of blackmail and ruthless murder....
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About the Author
Margery Allingham (19041966) was a crime writer best-known for her novels featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.
Date of Birth:May 20, 1904
Date of Death:June 30, 1966
Place of Birth:London
Place of Death:Colchester, Essex, England
Education:Endsleigh House School, Colchester; the Perse School, Cambridge; and the Regent Street Polytechnic, London
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of her better Albert Campion mysteries. Campion's sister Val, a successful fashion designer has her man stolen from under her nose by the actress Georgia Wells. When Georgia's husband turns up dead after taking a cachet of asprin that Val gave to Georgia things look dodgy for Val. And then there's the mystery of the suicide of Georgia's previous fiancee. Plus Albert's own tangled love life. Great read, though sometimes Allingham's style is a bit elliptical.
I don't quite know what it was but I didn't enjoy this as much as the other of Allingham's Campion stories.I don't know if it was the milieu, the frankly dated speech or just that it was rather overwritten.
First, let's get this part out of the way: who would like this book? If you are following Allingham's delightful series, this one is not to be missed; it is one of the most complex mysteries so far with a very good central plot. And if you are starting the series with this book, you'll miss something, because Amanda Fitton makes her return in this installment, so go back and read them one by one from the beginning.Enough to whet your appetite with no spoilers: Georgia Wells is a successful actress who was once engaged to a Richard Portland-Smith, a barrister who disappeared years earlier. Campion had been commissioned to find Portland-Smith, which he does, but by the time he catches up to him, he's dead. While trying to figure out what exactly happened to Portland-Smith, Campion is drawn into the often not-so-nice world of haute couture, in which his sister Val has become a successful designer. Wells is Val's best client, and Campion finds himself also joining the party set that includes Wells. However, another death, virtually under Campion's nose, seems to implicate Val; Campion must now figure out whodunit to help clear his sister's name. I really enjoyed this one; a very well thought out and well-plotted mystery. Some may find it a bit "racist" in parts, but do remember as you're reading it the times & context in which these ideas occur. Lovely book and I can't wait to get to the next one!
This delightful tale finds Albert Campion working his way through a Chinese puzzle of fashion designers, theatrical and entertainment people. He is trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance and death of the son of a friend, Richard Portland-Smith, a successful attorney, engaged to the beautiful actress Georgia Wells who disappeared without a trace several years ago. His remains have finally been found by Campion, and it seems apparent that he had committed suicide. Campion gets the help of his sister, Val, a well-known designer. Val introduces him to people in the theatrical world and this is how he hopes to unravel the reason for Richard's death.