Campion returns from three years work for the War Office in Europe to find that Lugg, his manservant, has brought him an unusual gift: the black silk nightdress-clad body of a dead woman, an apparent suicide. Wanting only to get away to a well-deserved rest, Campion must instead assist Detective Chief Inspector Oates and Superintendent Yeo in unravelling a tangled plot of deception and murder, as the war draws to its conclusion.
Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever
Philip Franks sounds, marvellously, as if he's reading in a dinner-jacket . . . Fabulous
The real queen of crime
Margery Allingham has precious few peers and no superiors