Death of a Ghost
John Lafcadio's ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death. A set of twelve sealed paintings is the bequest he leaves to his widow - together with the instruction that she unveil one canvas each year before a... show more
John Lafcadio's ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death. A set of twelve sealed paintings is the bequest he leaves to his widow - together with the instruction that she unveil one canvas each year before a carefully selected audience. Albert Campion is among the cast of gadabouts, muses and socialites gathered for the latest ceremony - but art is the last thing on the sleuth's mind when a brutal stabbing occurs....
Publish date: 2014-05-01
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Series: Albert Campion 9 (#6)
I started the new year with a minor Allingham binge and, having now read a fair number of her Campion mysteries (12, i.e. 2/3 of the 18 novels that she herself completed), I think I can safely say that while I won't ever like this series as much as I do those of Christie, Sayers, and Marsh, when All...
This is one of those not-actually-mysterious mysteries where the identity of the culprit is clear quite early on, to the detective as well as the reader, and the remainder of the story is the protagonist attempting to collect proof. Sometimes this works fine, especially if it is handled in a suspens...
This book is OK, as far as it goes. It is a thirties crime mystery based around a posh family and their connections, and almost everyone is connected with the art world in some way. The initial murder, there are more to come, takes place early on during the first viewing of one of the paintings whic...
Allingham veers here into character study, telling us who the murderer is halfway through the novel, and then setting Campion to trying to find a way to stop a clever killer who is smart enough to get away with it.
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