Sweet Danger (Paperback)
|Author: Margery Allingham|
|After centuries as a Balkan backwater, the sleepy town of Averna has overnight become a stunningly valuable port, thanks to an earthquake that rejiggered the regional topography. But to whose coffers will that value accrue? Albert Campion has a hunch that the answer is to be found in a tiny Suffolk village, where a peculiar and dead broke family may be able to lay claim to the Averna fortune, provided they can produce the requisite proof of lineage. The proof? Nothing terribly difficult: Just your average ancient riddle, stolen drum, long-lost bell, priceless crown, and, oh yes, a necklace of disappearing rubies.|
Margery Louise Allingham began writing at when she was only 19, when she published her first book, "Blackerchief Dick," a historical mystery. In 1927 she married artist and magazine editor Phillip Youngman Carter (1904-1970). Two years later, she published her first thriller staring Albert Campion, an eccentric character inevitably mired in international intrigue and political conspiracies. She became famous for her Campion novels, which, over the years, increasingly resembled suspenseful mysteries rather than the plot-driven thrillers with which she began her career.