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Ingenious anthology from the Queen of Crime

The Allingham Casebook

By Margery Allingham

Mystery & Thrillers

Ipso Books

Pub Date 19 May 2017


Margery Allingham is one of the best early writers of crime fiction. Her stories have stood the test of time, and practically every mystery lover is familiar with her iconic detective - Albert Campion. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review this anthology. It more than lived up to my expectations.

Readers feast on an assortment of short stories, all unique. What they do have in common is how clever they are. Often there is a seemingly insurmountable puzzle, the unraveling of which is a delight. Many, but not all feature Albert Campion. More than a few throw in a dash of humor. Allingham is a consummate storyteller, able to bring vastly different characters to vibrant life and never using the same plot twice. These stories satisfy, not only because the puzzles are clever but also because justice is done. There is murder, but there is no graphic violence. These stories challenge the intellect but comfortably provide an understandable resolution. I absolutely adore this collection of Allingham's short works. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic mysteries, challenging puzzles or who is looking for a light satisfying read that is a departure from the norm.

5 / 5

I received a copy of The Allingham Casebook from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Eighteen succulent mysteries from the Queen of Crime, guaranteed to baffle the most ingenious of armchair detectives – and even, at times, the imperturbable Albert Campion himself.

Enjoy Margery Allingham at her witty best as she spins delicious tales of high risk heists and domestic deceptions in this exquisite short story collection.

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