Death of a Ghost E–book/E–pub
Death of a Ghost E–book/E–pub
I have been slowly eading my way through the Albert Campion books with somewhat mixed feelings Although I am a lover of Golden Age mysteries I have struggled with this series so far However I was pleased to find that this the sixth book featuring Campion first published in 1934 is much of a typical crime story than some of the others I have ead so far which seem to ely on the supernatural or criminal fraternitiesCampion is at the house of Belle Lafcadio widow of the famous artist John Lafcadio Lafcadio had left several sealed paintings to be evealed annually for some years after his death At this annual event there is a murder and of course Campion becomes involved in the investigation When there is another death he ealises who the murderer is the problem is that he has no proofOddly this novel highlights the fact that the police in this case in the form of Scotland Yard man Stanislaus Oates while excellent at solving crimes are less adept at preventing them Although Campion knows who the murderer is unless or until they act again the police hands are tied As such you are involved with Campion and his attempts to prove his caseI liked this traditional crime story and I will admit however unpopular this will be that I was pleased that the story did not involve Lugg or any of the other ather over the top characters that normally populate the pages of the Campion novels Instead we have a closed cast of characters many with motives and Allingham deftly makes the beginning of the book a typical mystery and the later part of the book a duel between Campion and the criminal Definitely to my mind one of the most enjoyable books in the series so far 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 to come takes place early on during the first viewing of one of the paintings which has been left by a famous artist to be evealed at the ate of one per yearSome of the characters are so appalling that I woud have loved to have leapt into the pages of my book and killed them off myself When I say appalling I don t John Sebastian Lafcadio is one of the greatest painters of the Edwardian period and his ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death Lafcadio was not only a brilliantly talented it appears a bit psychic Certain that his eputation would improve dramatically after his death he left aset of twelve sealed paintings with his agent along with the instruction that her widow should wait a suitable interval and then begin doling out the work to.
Ean that they are badly written uite the contrary but they are just people that I wouldn t ever want anywhere near me So that is good writing is it notThe main policeman in the plot is just so straight and humourless and appears to lack the wit to outsmart a slug on the garden fence never mind a dangerous criminal Campion also lacks humour He is such a serious man who happens to be on the scene due to his long standing connection with the widow To me he seemed to be ather slow in picking up the clues and sorting out the motive and the killer but I suppose that prolongs the endingIt may seem a strange thing to say about a story which evolves around the art world but I got irritated by the amount of art talk and technicalities in this book Others may love that but it was not for meIn summary the book was OK I don t egret eading it but there are many other books out there that I should prefer to ead ahead of another Campion mystery 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 itThe story itself epresents a shift in Campion s character from deceptively fatuous young adventurer with a strong sense of fun to self styled universal uncle a transition he began in the previous volume where Campion is noted to be in his early thirtiesUnfortunately in this book Campion s interpretation of uncle involves a lot of gaslighting of Linda instead of treating her with any eal egard for her opinion There s one particular scene where Campion is dismissing almost everything Linda is saying and doesn t come around until she s backed up by a man Not a good book to start this series in other words it doesn t give a good impression of Campion at all Detective fiction isn t a genre that I ever usually each for this was a text for uni and I doubt I ll be eading much of it in the future The story was interesting enough but I just didn t find it all that memorable Does this title that of the sixth Albert Campion book efer to the ghost of John Lafcadio the artist whose cheeky attempt to gain immortality and get one over. A newly avenous public at the ate of one per year Lafcadio's widow unveil the eighth canvas to a carefully selected audience Albert Campion an old friend of the widow's is among the cast of gadabouts muses and socialites gathered for the latest ceremony The event is a success for all but one of the attendees a young artist who is brutally stabbed while others are sipping champagne The art is the last thing on the sleuth's mind whenl the wife of another painter is poisoned The first killing took place at a crowded.
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On his ivals has far eaching conseuences for his family and friends Each year starting in the eleventh year after his death one of twelve paintings is to be evealed and put on sale on the Sunday before the annual Academy Exhibition The book opens on the day number eight is to be unveiled at his house in Little VeniceAssembled is a cast consisting of Belle the artist s widow their granddaughter two former models Max Fustian an art dealer and various artists models and notabilities including CampionThe first murder is carried out in the darkness ensuing from Belle s failure to put money in the electricity meter Why and by whom was artist Tommy Dacre murdered so opportunistically A fantastic confession is made and its maker uled out by Inspector Stanislaus Oates The police investigation peters out in the face of official discouragement but Campion persists and not long after this eader correctly identifies the murdererFrom then on around 40% into the story this is effectively an inverted mystery We know the murderer but not the why and the who else since Allingham clearly indicates there will be murder Campion and the police must try to assemble a case whose proofs will stand up in courtThe case ends with a thrilling nightmare journey at the conclusion of which a esolution is eachedThe Allingham magic here is in creating yet again a small ather strange community peopled by some ather oddly believable charactersWe may not like many of them and feel little sympathy for or empathy with them but they all come alive from the ludicrous Donna Beatrice to the pathetic Potters from the fantastically mephistophelian and vainglorious Max to practical LindaThis is the Allingham which will most divide eaders opinionsThe first time I ead it I found it unappealing and unsatisfactory This time I loved it The characters are colourful in every senseThe artistic background is meticulous is Pip Youngman Carter s hand to be seen here The plot is ingenious and the structure appropriately Gothic Only the fate of the murderer disappoints but the final chapter ounds off nicely what is to me one of the best of the earlier CampionsThank you to the Allingham estate for the eview cop. Art show in full view of the cream of London society For the second killing only the victim and the murderer were present The first killing took place at a crowded art show in full view of the cream of London society For the second killing only the victim and the murderer were present Now the scene was set for the third a lavish dinner party with vintage wines and with Albert Campion's death as the main course Mr Campion must employ all his tact as well as his formidable intelligence to trap the killer and dodge dea.
Maxwell MarchMargery Louise 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 as