[Reading] ➸ The Tiger in the Smoke By Margery Allingham – Pimply.info

The Tiger in the Smoke London, The Smoke To Cockneys And The Hipsters Who Appropriate Their Slang, Is Living Up To Its Nickname An Unusual Cold Snap Has Combined With The Fug From Coal Fires To Produce The Great Smog , Blanketing The City In Choking Shadow And Lurking In Those Shadows Is Jack Havoc, A Killer With A Particular Fondness For Knives Havoc Is By Far The Most Dangerous Villain That Albert Campion Has Ever Encountered, And His Startlingly Realistic Menace, Combined With The Light Touch Common To All The Campion Novels, Gives The Book A Modern Feel, As It Straddles A Line Between Golden Age Detective Fiction And Contemporary Psychological Suspense


About the Author: Margery Allingham

Aka Maxwell March.Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women s magazines as Emmie Allingham Margery s aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt s magazine.Soon after Margery s birth, the family left London for Essex She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic now the University of Westminster , and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter They married in 1928 He was her collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.Margery s breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel,The Crime at Black DudleyThe novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back forMystery Mileand continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966 Her husband finished her last novel,A Cargo of Eaglesat her request, and published it in 1968.



10 thoughts on “The Tiger in the Smoke

  1. says:

    This was a reread for me as I recently bought a lovely hardcover edition at a library sale It was as wonderful as I remembered, with colorful, well thought out characters and a malevolent murderer One of Margery Allingham s best, this is a psychological mystery in which the existence of evil is discussed and


  2. says:

    This is a thriller, not a detective novel, and a superb one The holding back of one star is because I deem the thriller genre, defined as a tale focused primarily on danger and pursuit, to be inherently limited Tiger boasts, however, a nugget of theological drama which, if it had been integrated into the fabric of t


  3. says:

    I find this a hard book to review cause it didn t impact me one way or another It says it is an Albert Campion mystery, but he was pretty nonexistent for the whole book The mystery seemed to solve itself For a book of this size, there certainly were an awful lot of people to meet Having never read a book by this author, I


  4. says:

    This is the fourteenth novel in the Albert Campion series and was published in 1952 The book begins with Meg Elginbrodde and Geoffrey Levett in a taxi Levett is a wealthy businessman, used to getting what he wants and he is desperately in love with Meg and intends to marry her The problem is that since their engagement was announ


  5. says:

    This review contains minor spoilers.Reputed to be one of Margery Allingham s finest novels, The Tiger in the Smoke is an intelligent crime and detection novel set in a unique period of time just a few years after World War II a time when poor people were still very poor and had a rough life, when most men were ex servicemen many with te


  6. says:

    From the very first, this book gripped me Margery Allingham discloses a mystery right from page two when Meg and her fiance are presented with a dilemma Meg s first husband, Major Elginbrodde, thought to have died during the war, has suddenly resurfaced, just days before Meg s wedding.Thankfully Meg has resources available to her, and she imme


  7. says:

    A good story buta thriller than detective story Jack Havoc is a psychopath with a fixation on the code he lives by or the science of luck Very atmospheric with the fog of London The story starts with Megs husband apparently back from the dead Jack Havoc escapes from prison A gang of misfits accidentally kidnaps Megs fianc e I loved the setting of a f


  8. says:

    London is enveloped by an almost apocalyptic smog that obscures everything, both physically and figuratively speaking A murderer is wandering the streets, searching for a way to a treasure Albert Campion is called to help on the case, but he doesn t really do much detective work, appearing instead as a distant character mostly hovering in the background Mis


  9. says:

    Just excellent Even if the true name of the villain of the piece made me laugh it s not the author s fault a famous singer later bore the same name Beautifully written The smog seemed almost like a character in itself and the whole thing was very atmospheric Campion himself didn t feature as much as he might have, but it still all worked admirably The ending was p


  10. says:

    Sometime in the 1980s my local paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, published the favorite mysteries of Dilys Winn, editor of Murder Ink and Murderess Ink, which are apparently companion volumes for fans.I used to clip the reviews of appealing new books with the intent of getting around to them a pre internet version of the To Be Read shelf Like my TBR shelf here on Goodr


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