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Death of a ghost de Margery Allingham
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Death of a ghost (1934 original; edició 2015)

de Margery Allingham

Sèrie: Albert Campion (6)

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The first killing took place at a crowded art show, in full view of the cream of London society. For the second killing, only the victim and the murderer were present. Now the scene was set for the third--a lavish dinner party with vintage wines, and with Albert Campion's death as the main course. PB: Bantam.… (més)
Membre:Helenliz
Títol:Death of a ghost
Autors:Margery Allingham
Informació:London : Vintage Books, [2015?]
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Death of a Ghost de Margery Allingham (1934)

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This is pleasantly convoluted. The painter John Lafcardio wanted to put one over on a fellow painter, so he arranged to have a series of his paintings crated up and unveilled one a year after his death. That way the fellow would not eve be able to escape from under his shadow. So far, so much fun. Only this year at the unveilling, an artist who has been engaged to the painter's granddaughter but now married his model to bring her to England is stabbed with a really ugly pair of scissors. Campion is present and so follows the detection os a mystery where the artistic temprament gets in the way quite a lot. This is an interesting case in that the murder is identified long before the case can be solved, due to lack of evidence. It's an interesting side to the problem, you know whodunit, but can't prove it. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 29, 2021 |
Audiobook narrated by Frances Matthews who I'm beginning to enjoy, in the way I prefer James Saxon reading Ngaio Marsh books.

Through knowing Belle, the widow, Campion is invited to the latest unveiling of one of John Lafacdio's works - which are released at the rate of one a year after his death. The great and the good are at the unveiling, as well as some of the not so great, and during the party the lights go out (someone had failed to feed the meter). When the lights come back on, Tommy Dacre, Lafcardio's grand-daughter's fiance, is found stabbed to death with a pair of ornate scissors. Campion soon finds himself investigating not only Dacre's murder, the systematic loss of Dacre's work, another death and, ultimately, finds himself almost losing his own life after making a fool of himself in drink.

Belle's house is a rather Bohemian 1930s set up - the housekeeper is one of Lafcardio's Italian models (now well in her 60s), another inhabitant is another ageing ex-model now fascinated with auras and the such like. A married couple of artists, of varying talents, live in a studio in the garden, whilst Lafardio's paint mixer lives elsewhere on the estate. The granddaughter is an early candidate as the one time fiancée, and who is ditched for another Italian model called RosaRosa.

This book isnt really a "whodunnit" as Campion, the police and the reader know who the killer is fairly early on. All attempts to unmask the killer in such a way as to bring along a conviction fail at every turn. The denouement at the end means that Campion is going to be the final victim and it's luck and the police who prevent this from happening, rather that any major interaction from Campion.

Once the second murder has happened and the investigation dropped off, many of the secondary characters disappear, with focus being made purely on trying to prove that the murderer did it, and why. The story is spread over several months, with large gaps in between and everything appears to be a watching and waiting game. Campion has been asked to act as Belle's proxy with regards to the paintings and in this way he manages to put himself in danger, going out to dinner on the fateful night with the murderer and being manipulated into life threatening situations. The description of Campion being drunk and going around ton, making a fool of himself, is a rather decent set of telling.

Not perhaps my favourite Campion, but still has some interesting set pieces in it to change thi
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
Portrays a world that doesn't and didn't exist, I think couldn't exist, but has such charm that the book can be re-read repeatedly. The "mystery", as usual, is necessary to give some structure but is unimportant otherwise. "Mannered", but the manner is part of the charm.
  cstebbins | Dec 7, 2019 |
Somewhat spotty mystery. Allingham does create a number of interesting characters, characters inhabiting the art world of London, ca. 1930, some of whom have been there forty or more years. The mystery here is a pair of killings that somehow seem to be connected to a bizarre bequest by a noted artist some thirty years before. I think the author did a much better job setting up the second killing and its solution, rather than the first one. I find Allingham's mysteries to be not quite up to the reputation many have given them. Not particularly recommended. [Astoundingly, one of the Penguin covers actually gives away a key element.] ( )
  EricCostello | Sep 25, 2019 |
Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham is the sixth book in her Albert Campion series and was originally published in 1934. This particular story brings the reader into the art world on the eve that a new painting by a famous yet deceased painter is unveiled. This is an annual ceremony engineered by the painter to keep his memory alive. When the ceremony is interrupted by a murder, suspicion falls upon the ex-girlfriend of the deceased who was tossed for an Italian artist’s model.

Luckily Albert Campion, a family friend was at the ceremony and although at first he too suspected the ex-girlfriend, he soon was convinced of her innocence and put his mind to bringing the real murderer to justice. Although we know all too soon who the villain of the piece is, it was fun seeing Campion attempting to find evidence and pull the threads together. Full of characters that are particularly eccentric and colorful, Margery Allingham gives us a stylish story that had excellent timing and showcases her creativity. Death of a Ghost was a very entertaining read for me. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 23, 2017 |
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LAFCADIO, John Sebastian R.A., b. 1845, d. 1912. Painter. Entered studio of William Pakenham, R.A., 1861. Lived in Italy, 1865-1878. First exhibited Royal Academy, 1871; A.R.A., 1881; R.A., 1900; m. 1880, Arabella Theodora, d. of Sir J. and Lady Reid of Wendon Parva, Sussex. One son, John Sebastian, b. 1890. Killed in action, 1916. Best known works include: "The Girl at the Pool" (Nat. Gallery), "Group in Sunlight" (Tate), "Belle Darling" (Louvre), "Portraits of Three Young Men" (Boston), "Meeting of the Magi" and "Satirical Portrait" (Yokohama), etc., etc., also Loan Collection of forty works destroyed in Moscow, 1918. Cf. The Life and Work of Lafcadio, Vols. 1, 2, & 3, Max Fustian; The Victorian Iconoclast, Mrs. Betsy Fragonard; The Moscow Tragedy, Max Fustian; Lafcadio the Man, Max Fustian; Biographie d'un maitre de peinture a l'huile, Ulysses Lafourchardiere; Weitere Bemerkungen zur Wald der Bilder von John Lafcadio, Gunther Wagner. - Weber's Who's Who in Art

LAFCADIO, J., see Charles Tanqueray, Letters to (Phelps, 15/-) - Dent's Dictionary of Authors
"LAFCADIO...the man who saw himself the first painter in Europe and whom we who are left recognize as the last." - K.J.R. in The Times, April 16, 1912
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The first killing took place at a crowded art show, in full view of the cream of London society. For the second killing, only the victim and the murderer were present. Now the scene was set for the third--a lavish dinner party with vintage wines, and with Albert Campion's death as the main course. PB: Bantam.

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