Seven people might have murdered Eric Crowther, the mysterious recluse who lived in the gaunt house whose shadow fell across the White Cottage. Seven people had good cause. It was not lack of evidence that sent Detective Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry half across Europe to unravel a chaos of clues.
The White Cottage Mystery was Margery Allingham's first detective story, published initially as a newspaper serial.
Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. Her first work of detective fiction was a serialized story published by the Daily Express in 1927. Entitled The White Cottage Mystery, it contained atypical themes for a woman writer of the era. Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime at Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.
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This is not an Albert Campion Mystery
I always enjoy Margery Allingham, but this book is labeled on Audible as an Albert Campion Mystery and unless Campion used his most clever disguise ever, he does not appear in this book. Simply stated: This book is mislabeled. Relatively bland as Allingham books go. The police legwork without the delightful twists the Campion books are known for.
- Lorraine M. Davis