They work away in the background, listen to and sift through the gossip to find the truth, understand motive and human nature and produce results without jumping to conclusions - or indeed, intruding too much on the narrative, which is fundamentally about people. It is a great pleasure to relax with a clever, skilled storyteller that I can trust to present a world-view and set of characters with whom I empathise. Feb 09, Sarah rated it really liked it. These were two short novellas "of suspense. Written in the 50's.
I'd never heard of her.
It was great way to spend my snow-day. Reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie, though, in way, I kind of liked the writing better?
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Allingham also had a series detective that was very popular; Albert Campion. I don't think I've read any of those.
If I see her name again on bag day at the book sale, I will definitely grab. Both stories starred plucky smart young women. The first was a young doctor, and though in one scene she was encouraged to trade her modern pants for a traditional wool skirt, no one ever challenged her knowledge or skill in the medical profession.
Everyone treated her as competent, and the fact that she was a doctor as something completely normal. For something, that was a great thing to see. The star of novella 2, had given up her job upon marriage, something that she rued throughout, and something she planned to rectify; even before learning her stingy husband had been murdered. Enjoyed the relatively 'modern' women in these tales as much as the mysteries themselves. Feb 25, Heidi rated it it was ok Shelves: collection , mystery , romance. This disappointing little book barely made it to 2 stars for me.
It features a silly young woman doctor with a 'mysterious' patient.
I think it's supposed to be suspenseful and shocking, and maybe in the mid's it This disappointing little book barely made it to 2 stars for me. I think it's supposed to be suspenseful and shocking, and maybe in the mid's it was, but it's not what I expected from Margery Allingham. A complete waste of time. When her husband who we never meet is murdered, she realizes that her innocent words and actions can be seen in a different and suspicious light by the investigating detective. I have to admit, I had a theory which turned out to be completely wrong view spoiler [ I was expecting the husband to be gay and that Rorke was his secret lover hide spoiler ] but the real solution turned out to be somewhat of a letdown.
Two novellas, neither featuring her usual character Albert Campion. I found these lingered in the mind well after I'd finished reading them; in no way could you describe them as feminist, but they both featured women struggling alone with impossible situations where, to their horror, they find themselves the chief suspects in malicious and deadly acts. These were atmospheric and gothic in the best way - the sense of creeping dread was brilliantly conveyed and the second novella, Safer than Love, r Two novellas, neither featuring her usual character Albert Campion.
These were atmospheric and gothic in the best way - the sense of creeping dread was brilliantly conveyed and the second novella, Safer than Love, reminded me a little of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, in the way it mixed small town banality with terror. I enjoyed them both. Not like the Campion mysteries although the writing is just as good.
Interesting psychological perspectives in both with an almost Hichcockian sense of danger and suspense. Apr 16, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery.
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This was my first foray into Allingham and I really enjoyed her style and mystery! I think I'll enjoy her full length novels better, when they'll have more plot and character and not have to rely so heavily on some lucky coincidences. Apr 23, Josephine Waite rated it liked it. Oct 17, George rated it really liked it. Two short mystery stories with interesting plots. The Patient At Peacock's Hall: A young fledging woman doctor working with an older establish doctor in small rural area of England. She is cajoled by a older patient she has recently started treating into moving an unknown person friend of his from London to Peacock's Hall.
She discovers he is trying to kill this person as she frantically works to save the patient's life. She is set up to help him kill the woman as she resists his efforts. There a Two short mystery stories with interesting plots. There are a couple of strong subplots which add complications and interest to the story.
Safer Than Love: A young woman jilts her doctor boyfriend and marries the a slightly older man who is the head master of a elite private school in a small town outside of London. He is suddenly found murdered and she is a suspect.
Set in the s and written not long after , this book consists of two page complete stories. Both involve love and murder, and both are fascinating. I thought the first was the stronger - the story of a female doctor whose sweetheart went to war and ended up marrying a movie star. Jilted and still in love, she takes a job at a surgery in a small English village, but a foreign gentleman takes an interest in her and the next thing she knows she is being framed for a murder. The second is ab Set in the s and written not long after , this book consists of two page complete stories.
The second is about a woman who has married a Headmaster of a small, exclusive boys school and finds herself the target of pitying village gossip. I found this character slightly irritating as she implicates herself in a murder by her own need to 'keep up appearances'. The ending wasn't quite as exciting, but it was still really enjoyable. I love the subtlety of detective and crime fiction from this era. So many standout tracks that may give you a case of the groovy earworms I love that about Phil's music - it always sounds fresh, because he doesn't sound like anyone else out there.
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