Margery Allingham was educated at the Perse School and Regent Street Polytechnic, she wrote her first novel while still in her teens. She began to leave a lasting mark on modern fiction in 1928, when, at the age of twenty-three, she wrote the first of her Albert Campion detective novels. Her early books, such as The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile and Look to the Lady, had to be written in spare time hard won from her film work. At that time her books were beloved by the few advanced spirits who enjoyed her gay and distinctive approach to the problems and pleasures of post-war youth. Since then her gentle detective and his strong-arm colleagues have become known and loved by readers of all ages all over the world.
Margery Allingham also acquired a reputation as a more serious writer. In an Observer review of The Fashion in Shrouds, Torquemada remarked that 'to Albert Campion has fallen the honour of being the first detective to feature in a story which is also by any standard a distinguished novel'. Her novels cover a broad field. They vary in treatment from the grave to the frankly satirical, yet each example contrives to conform to the basic rules of the good detective tale.
Margery Allingham's work has been perennially popular in the United Kingdom and America, and this popularity was given a boost in 1989 with the adaptation of four of her novels for British television, starring Peter Davison (of All Creatures Great and Small fame) as Albert Campion. A second series followed in 1990, adapting another four novels.
Margery Allingham was married to Philip Youngman Carter and lived for many years on the edge of the Essex Marshes. Late in her career, Margery Allingham's work was shared with her husband, Phillip Youngman Carter. Indeed, some of the later novels bear both their names in the credits. These works, including The Mind Readers and Cargo of Eagles depict the familiar character of Albert Campion growing into middle age with the same wit and charisma as the earliest books. She died in 1966. Website: Margery Allingham