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The Crime at Black Dudley

The Crime at Black Dudley

eBook - 2014
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The Black Dudley is an ancient, remote mansion inhabited by recluse, Colonel Combe, but owned by Waytt Petrie, a young academic who decides to revive his property with a weekend party to which he invites his friends and colleagues. Among the guests is George Abbershaw, a renowned doctor and pathologist who is occasionally summoned by Scotland Yard to help with consulting mysterious deaths. Abbershaw hopes that the leisurely weekend at Black Dudley will help him to get acquainted with red-haired Meggie Oliphant whom he quietly admires. Little does he suspect that instead he will be involved in a series of extraordinary and dangerous incidents which unravel one by one in the gloomy mansion and split the party. It all begins with a seemingly innocent ritual-game, played in Black Dudley for generations, in which a jewelled dagger is passed between the guests in the darkness. The young visitors are intrigued and eager to play, but when the lights are restored it becomes apparent ...
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Reader, 2014
ISBN: 9781448214211
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 09, 2020

Most British writers of this generation are racist. With that in mind - this book is more racist than the average, and the absurd plot with a deus ex machina rescue does nothing to redeem it.

May 21, 2020

This is not the first of Margery Allingham's books, but is the first to feature her famous character of Albert Campion, although he not the central sleuth or the central character in this mystery, that is the Scotland Yard pathologist, George Abbershaw. I don't know if Abbershaw appears in any other of Allingham's mystery stories, I haven't read them all, but I haven't run across him again in the one's I have read. Campion is almost comic relief with a twist. He is his usual inane goofy twit, talking in circles and getting off the subject , so that people dismiss him and don't take him seriously. Then he saves situations by his remarkable intellect and physical prowess. He also serves in this book to introduce the criminal groups that he will battle in future novels, including Simister. The mystery of the murder in The Crime At Black Dudley is finally deduced by Abbershaw. There are some glaring continuity gaps in the story, that are never answered. Such as: How is it that only Meggie had blood on her hands from the dagger that is being passed around in the dark. Wyatt killed his uncle and then sent the dagger around the party guests as part of the game. He then only noticed the blood on Meggie's hands when she stood in the moonlight coming through the window. He then takes the dagger back from her. I enjoyed the book but it isn't one of Allingham's best, believe me they get better.

Apr 30, 2019

An oldie but goodie.

Mar 21, 2017

I read about half the book, but I couldn't get into it.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

This novel featuring Albert Campion, of TV fame, was first published in 1929.

EuSei Sep 22, 2014

Very interesting book. Unfortunately, Albert Campion doesn't appear much, and the story looses a bit without him.


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