Advantages Wonderful look at the human psyche through her story
Disadvantages The era and style might not appeal to everyone
Flowers for the Judge - Margery Allingham.I was brought up with books of all descriptions, not least Margery Allingham and the Campion series.
A brief synopsis of the book.
A scandal hits a publishing house called Barnabas. One of the directors of this sober publishing house is found dead in the strong room! We discover his wife was having an affair and naturally suspicion falls on her lover, who also happens to be the junior partner in the firm.
As Mike Wedgewood goes to trail for murder, Campion needs to unravel a number of different mysteries to uncover the truth. They range from an unpublished comedy, to the disappearance of another director of the firm some 20 years earlier.
Of these writers, I believe that Allingham is the least mystery minded. Her questioning always revolves around why something happens. What drives the human psyche, and as such I do tend to find her characters more rounded and most certainly less snobby than some of her counterparts.
Her desire to look at characters was very advanced for that period and that genre of writing, and even though you are in a bygone age as you read, even today you sense it holds up as well as a modern writer does.
Allingham also had a wonderful ear for the quirks of language, and this also comes across in her writing. Again, Flowers for the Judge really brings this ability to the fore, with wonderful reflection of reality and human oddities.
Allignham also presents a wonderful sense of place and her ability to convey the areas around which the book is based are also fascinating to read.
This book was first published in 1936, and you’re left in no doubt this is the era that it was written in.
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author margery allingham format paperback language english publication year 07 09 2006 subject genre fiction subject 2 crime thriller adventure ean...