Kepesake was the perfect village - for murder. Albert Campion is summoned there to the funeral of Pig Peters, the sadistic school bully of his childhood. But five months after the funeral Peters' body turns up freshly killed, along with other corpses. Cool, incisive Campion must solve the mystery.
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Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. Her first work of detective fiction was a serialized story published by the Daily Express in 1927. Entitled The White Cottage Mystery, it contained atypical themes for a woman writer of the era. Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime at Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.From AudioFile:
Margery Allingham would surely have adored the Albert Campion portrayed here. This is the seventeenth mystery featuring the unassuming detective that is narrated by Francis Matthews. In the village of Kepesake, an accident or murder has claimed the life of Pig Peters, whose funeral Campion attended several months before. This case, like the others, is perfect for Matthews's affinity for characterizations. He excels with eccentric country gentlemen, society ladies, ingenues or a hapless vicar and revels in the outrageous characters Allingham conjured up. Perhaps Matthews's crowning achievement is Lug, Campion's incomparable manservant. Irreverent and unpredictable, Lug and Campion make exceptional listening through the voice of Francis Matthews. R.F.W. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin, 1989, 1989. paperback, page edges slightly browned, text clean and sound, single crease on spine, Good condition. ISBN: 0140115536. Bookseller Inventory # 920241
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