A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars. It's the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery, and bringing it to perfection is the introduction?in a supporting role, for the first and last time?of Albert Campion, the consummate (if compulsively quipping) Gentleman Sleuth. The guests take some time to be grateful for Campion's presence; he is a bit peculiar, and they have more than enough distractions, what with various complicated love affairs, a curious ritual involving a jeweled dagger, and a deadly game of hide-and-seek.
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Along with Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham is widely regarded as one of the three queens of British Golden Age detective fiction.Review:
"An extremely fine tale of death in an English country house" -- New York Times
"In Margery Allingham’s hands the detective novel is transformed from a craft into an art" -- Sunday Telegraph (UK)
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