Questions tagged [margery-allingham]

Questions about the works of British mystery author Margery Louise Allingham (1904–1966) or her life as a writer. Her works include the crime novel 'The Tiger in the Smoke' (1952).

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What is this sentence from Allingham's The Tiger in the Smoke saying?

She made a small gesture with her free hand. Its arc took in a lost world of air raids and hurried meals in crowded restaurants, hotels, railway stations, khaki, sunlight, stolen pools of peace in ...
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Meaning of "twist of felt" in "The Tiger in the Smoke"

I found this description of the character Meg Elginbrodde in Margery Allingham's The Tiger in the Smoke: A swathe of flax-white hair protruded from a twist of felt, and underneath was something not ...
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What scene is "To the west the Park dripped wretchedly...about its affairs" describing?

The fog was like a saffron blanket soaked in ice-water. It had hung over London all day and at last was beginning to descend. the sky was yellow as a duster and the rest was a granular black, ...
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What is Belle's secret?

The final pages of Death of a Ghost describe Mrs. Lefcadio looking at a self-portrait of her husband, and much is made of how different it is from the famous Sargent portrait of the man. And then she ...
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Why don't the modern printings of Campion novels use the original artwork?

Youngman Carter painted beautiful bespoke art for the covers of Margery Allingham's mystery novels, and his style became associated with her work. Why don't the modern reprints of the Campion novels ...
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Who said that Allingham "polished her prose until it shone over-bright," and where?

Somebody read to me from a book about Allingham long ago that she would "polish her prose until it shone over-bright" and then dictate it to her husband to reduce it to a more readable vernacular. I ...
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