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I thought today I would highlight a particular mystery author, Margery Allingham. She was an English “Golden Age” writer of detective fiction. There is a society with a webpage dedicated to keeping her books and memory alive, www.margeryallingham.org.uk Her most well known books feature the gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. I have just read the first in the series, the book that introduces Campion as a supporting character, The Crime at Black Dudley and found it completely charming and engaging.
Margery Allingham,the child of two writers, wrote numerous novels, novellas, short stories and reviews. In addition, several of her works have been adapted to TV and film. Her contributions as one of the female writers of detective fiction is discussed in PD James’ book, Talking about Detective Fiction. There have also been articles and biographies written about her life and her work. Letters she wrote also provide insight into her feelings about her work and crime writing in general. One quote of hers is:
“Crime writers are a kind of reflection of society’s conscience. We observe, report and show what everyone really wants – that violence ought to be stopped and crime doesn’t pay. That seems perfectly moral to me.”
So, do you have a mystery writer you would like to highlight? Golden age or otherwise…