1904 - 1966
Margery Louise Allingham was born in 1904, into a family where writing was a necessary part of life, and she began her career by adapting the stories of films for cinematic fan magazines. Her early novels and stories, including Blackkerchief Dick, The White Cottage Mystery and the recently discovered stories collected in The Darings of Red Rose, were strongly influenced by her earliest attempts at fiction, and have a somewhat cinematic flavour. Yet soon, Allingham began attempting detective stories in earnest, and it was in The Crime at Black Dudley that her most famous creation would be first born, that being none other than Albert Campion.
The novels of Margery Allingham have been roundly praised on several scores: for the development and endurance of her characters, the ingenuity of her plots, and the sheer impudence of the names she chose for protagonists and bit players alike. There is a joy of language in Allingham, much as there is in her contemporaries, Sayers and Christie. On the whole, she is well on par with the two former, and the three were rather an exclusive triad of writers in the thirties, at least until Dorothy Sayers stopped writing the Lord Peter Wimsey novels.
She died of cancer on November 30, 1966.