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Mystery Monday Review – The Black Dudley Murder


The Black Dudley Murder by Margery Allingham

Review by Matt B. (BuffaloSavage)

Our series hero Albert Campion makes his debut in this 1929 whodunnit. A reader’s response depends on the reader’s patience with tried and true customs of the Golden Age of the Mystery. Yay or nay: it is melodramatic in places, Campion is silly-simple on a Bertie Wooster level, and the detecting part of things is slighted. Plus or minus: the setting is a gloomy country house, characters are paper-thin, a romantic angles arises, ceremonials use a ritualistic dagger. It’s all rather over the top, but if that floats your boat….




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