It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against the killer and hunt him down through the city's November smog before it is too late.
©1952 Margery Allingham Limited, a Chorion company; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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"Classic detective fiction"
I liked this much more than I expected - the old-fashionedness would get in the way, I thought. Now and again it does, but it ages remarkably well. The context is post-war with a sense of the world having undergone profound change, policemen and methods beginning to sound more like their modern counterparts. There's a twisting and turning plot well put together and revealed a drip at a time, some quirky characterization, and a touch of ghostliness to add spice - not everything is explained by science alone. The reader grew on me - a very posh voice, but one that fits the context perfectly, and he does middle class women especially well. I recommend it at a bargain price.
"Just as good as I remember it"
I read a lot of Margery Allingham in the 1970s and really enjoyed the books. In this reading I found the characterisation through voices fitted well with what I had imagined, and it was a real treat to 'meet' my old friends from these stories once again.
A great accompaniment for a long journey!
"Classic Detective Fiction #2"
Elizabeth's review is absolutely spot-on, leaving me with little to say, except - wasn't Philip Franks the hubby of Catherine Zeta-Jones in 'The Darling Buds of May'? He is an excellent reader, and very entertaining as a dotty middle class spinster who almost steals the show!
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