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Summary

Slashed paintings and a mysterious death, an accused fiancé and the reappearance of a long-dead husband - Black Plumes is another classic crime drama from Margery Allingham. 'Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light.' - Agatha Christie.

©1950 Margery Allingham (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 16-09-16

Margery Allingham's best!

I've listened to all of Margery Allingham's books that are available to date and this is definitely her best in my opinion. Excellent story, brilliantly written. Suspense to the very end.

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Superb all round

The story is a typically good one from Margery Allingham but it is greatly enhanced by the incredible vocal agility of Francis Matthews. What a combination!

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Great

Great book. Highly recommend ! Excellent plot and I didn’t guess the outcome though I usually do.

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Golden Age Great

It's been so long since l read Margery Allingham, I'd altogether forgotten how beautiful her prose is. She reminds me more of Marsh than Christie in her use of language, although no one matches Christie relative to the plotting of the Golden Age whodunit. The story is excellent, the comedic relief is unexpected and often, the plotting is tight and the reveal is wonderfully delineated. As for the work of Francis Matthews? Remarkable just about does it justice. Cary Grant's cousin has a panoply of voices that match the novel's description to a "t" and he separates the female and male voices with remarkable, natural precision. A wonderful writer done justice by a supreme voice actor and performance.

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classic

One of my favourite books and the narration was very good, although at the start I wasnt too sure.

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Period mystery

The mystery itself, as well as the behaviors and emotions of the characters, is terribly old fashioned and betrayed by politically incorrect words in a couple of instances. It's also a reminder of how belittled women were and how arrogant men were, in those years. The reading is dreadfully slow and sometimes a bit slurred, which I found annoying.

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Truly dreadful!

The narration was not good at all. Really bad accents. The story was thin and never seemed to get any where. Definitely not one of Margery Allingham's best. I kept hoping Albert Campion would come to the rescue!! Bad buy.