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Margery Allingham
Aka Maxwell March. Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a... show more
Aka Maxwell March.

Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine. Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt's magazine.

Soon after Margery's birth, the family left London for Essex. She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster), and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter. They married in 1928. He was he collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.

Margery's breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel, The Crime at Black Dudley. The novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character. After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back for Mystery Mile and continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.

After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966. Her husband finished her last novel, A Cargo of Eagles at her request, and published it in 1968.
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Birth date: 1904-5-20
Died: 1930-06-30
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 12 months ago
I never got around to doing this at the end of February, so what the heck ... I might as well include the first two weeks of March, since that month is half over at this point already, too. But then, February was such a universal suck-fest in RL that I didn't even make it here for the better part o...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 1 year ago
Well, the third week really hit my bingo experience out of the ballpark this year -- and not only because it finished with my first completed bingo; that was actually just the icing on the cake. But it included no less than three absolutely knock-out fabulous books, plus a fourth that was almost as...
Juuli's Bookshelf
Juuli's Bookshelf rated it 2 years ago
Quite good, reminded me of Edgar Wallace's books. I didn't care much about Campion's humour. Gorgeous cover of the Estonian edition
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 years ago
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...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 3 years ago
Turns out I already knew five of the ten stories in this anthology: Ellis Peters's The Trinity Cat Julian Symons's The Santa Claus Club Ian Rankin's No Sanity Clause G.K. Chesterton's The Dagger With Wings and Marjorie Bowen's Cambric Tea. So I skipped those (though I do really like the storie...
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