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Death of a Ghost Free read ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB º [PDF] ❤ Death of a Ghost Author Margery Allingham – John Sebastian Lafcadio is one of the greatest painters of the Edwardian period and his ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as tDed art show in full view of the cream of London society For the second killing only the victim and the murderer were present 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 Mr Campion must employ all his tact as well as his formidable intelligence to trap the killer and dodge death. Famous artist John Lafcadio might have been dead for thirteen years but that doesn't stop him from being able to cause a good stir Before his death he completed 12 paintings and left instructions that they were to be revealed starting five years after his death one a year until all the sealed crates had been opened and his masterpieces were available to the world Albert Campion comes to visit Lafcadio's widow Belle just before the eighth painting has been shown and being a friend is invited to the unveiling All appears to go well and the painting Joan of Arc is revealed as planned turned into a spectacle and overseen as usual by Lafcadio's agent Max Faustian Things go awry when the lights go out Once the power is restored 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 but a series of other odd events another death and ultimately finds himself almost losing his life when he underestimates the murderer This book is not so much a whodunnit as a prove hedunnit Campion figures out the identity of the murderer early and there are plenty enough clues for the reader to do the same The killer is clever slick supremely self confident and just a little bit insane Campion's attempts to first unmask then stop the killer are stymied every step of the way and for a while there it looks like he might be the final victim It is luck and back up from his friends that saves him this time not his own intellect This is a very different book that I liked and was unsure about both at the same time It is a departure for the usual crime solving adventure and I'm of two minds about whether or not it works Certainly some early strange events such as the disappearance of all Dacre's works finally make sense when the killer's motives are revealed and it is all very clever But the pacing felt kind of wrong to be although I think that was mostly because Allingham had things happen in a different order than usual Here the basic story line went murder suspicion discovery of murderer discover of murderer's motives plan to stop murderer failure of said plan resolution by Hand of God Campion didn't really take over this story he just struggled to keep up with other characters and I think that was probably the source of my dissatisfaction That and the ultimate fate of the murderer which seemed like a cop out to me Not one of Allingham's best although we meet some lovely characters such as Belle and her grand daughter Linda and get a chance to see inside the artist's life of the time I still enjoyed the story but it won't be first on my list of Campion books to reread If you only want to read one pick a different one If you already know you like the series this is still a good solid addition it and I suggest you read it After all drunk Campion at the end of the book is a total delight I'm told it is in the Peter Davison TV adaptions as well although I haven't seen themCopied across from Library Thing; 25 September 2012

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John Sebastian Lafcadio is one of the greatest painters of the Edwardian period and his ambition to be known as Death of PDF or the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death Lafcadio was not only a brilliantly talented it appears a bit psychic Certain that his reputation would improve dramatically after his death he left aset of twelve sealed paintings with his agent along with the instruction that her widow should wait a suitable interval and then begin doling out th. In order to spite his arch rival Tanueray the painter John Lafcadio left a collection of paintings with his agent Salmon Co with the strict instructions to hold onto them for a decade and then release them one by one at annual special showings; he reckoned that his death would increase demand for his work and that the strategy would give Tanueray an annual posthumous reminder that Lafcadio was the artist the public and the connoisseurs preferredIn fact Tanueray died before that initial decade was up but Lafcadio's widow Belle and the inheritor of the Salmon agency Max Fustian continue the tradition of the annual viewing of a newly revealed Lafcadio work As a much younger friend of Belle's Albert Campion is present at the latest showing During the traditional drinking of the sour wine the eating of the curling cruditees and the chattering to people you'd normally avoid and anyway can't hear properly because of the yammer the lights go out When they're restored there lies on the floor stabbed through the heart with a pair of ornamental scissors Dacre a protege of Lafcadio's and assumed fiance of Lafcadio's granddaughter LindaThe cops descend in the shape of Campion's old buddy Inspector Stanislaus Oates of the Yard this novel predated the bursting onto the scene of Charlie Luke as Allingham's preferred cop Between them Oates and Campion get absolutely nowhereBut then there's a second death in the sprawling Lafcadio household Claire the managerial wife of one of Lafcadio's old hangers on is found dead of what could have been a heart attack but proves on autopsy to have been poisoning by nicotinic acid and this time Campion knows with a certainty that outstrips any evidence he might possess who the culprit is and thus probably the perpetrator of the first killing too Oates agrees with Campion's hypothesis but the murder of Claire has been so carefully orchestrated that there's no way either man can bring the killer to justice using conventional means Campion even considers especially when he realizes the danger that Belle and Linda might be in simply taking justice into his own hands whatever the price he might have to pay Being a civilized human being however he instead maneuvers himself into position as the person the murderer might be best advised next to kill in the attempt to cover up the dirty little secret that lies at the core of the plot This is a terrific thriller Allingham wrote some splendid mysteries but I've come to the conclusion that her thrillers like this novel Traitor's Purse and of course The Tiger in the Smoke show her at her best I think she probably achieved this through her deft ability to portray character I last read Death of a Ghost perhaps forty years ago so obviously remembered very little of the plot but I did recall the characters notably Belle Max Fustian and Linda who I thought and still think is red hot an aesthetic conclusion with which Campion evidently agreesThere are also to be honest some fairly easy almost cheap bits of characterization going on household hanger on Donna Beatrice an old model of Lafcadio's pretentiously full Blavatsky style of the need to understand the Higher Consciousness and open one's aura to the mystic ways of the universe Donna Beatrice’s greeting was sensational and Campion remembered with sudden satisfaction that her real name was Harriet Pickering; Rosa Rosa the empty headed yet ravishingly lovely model who readily delivers herself of obscenities and the most remarkable gestures whom Dacre met in Rome and whom he married in order to be able to bring home to the UK with him despite his supposed engagement to LindaDacre by the way suggested that he Linda and Rosa Rosa should get a house together and live there in a menage a trois Linda tells Campion she rejected this not on any moral grounds or even theoretical disinclination but simply because the work Dacre had now started to produce was chocolate box than art no way would she live with an artist who'd prostituted himself like this Allingham's social attitudes were way ahead of their era She could also be adolescently smutty at times A ramshackle cottage in the middle of nowhere where Dacre did some of his painting is evocatively called SpendpennyAs for Campion himself we're still in vol 6 of the series stuck with the common Golden Age trope of him being a member of the aristocracy in his case pseudonymous to keep his true identity secret who's philanthropically working beneath himself by solving crimes and acting as a sort of universal uncle to those in distress He retains some of the deceptive vacuity that was Wimsey's stock in trade but for the most part that's toned down a bit and overall he's become a plausible human being Even in the early novels Campion was a far real and likeable person than caricatures like Wimsey; by now he's become perhaps because of the fallibility he displays here a well rounded characterWith the villain being revealed early on the drive of the novel comes from the attempt by Oates and Campion especially the latter to tease out the motivation Allingham handles this very adroitly The book's title is a bit of a giveaway for part of it but I think we'd all have worked that bit out even without the clue Besides that's hardly the point The crux of the novel is that Campion is confronted by an ingenious villain who's perhaps at least as intelligent as he is and who holds most if not all of the cards The later stages of the novel in which Campion is a piece of prey there for the taking as he flees through London streets are absolutely nail bitingThis is a thriller whose central dynamic is artificial then and now Scotland Yard detectives don't much welcome far less encourage the contributions of amateurs in the murder cases they're attempting to solve A few months ago I was writing about the efforts of self styled psychic detectives and the extent to which in general the cops privately hold these amateur meddlers in contempt was was very evident Of course we're supposed to believe at face value that Lestrade albeit reluctantly welcomed the efforts of Holmes Japp albeit reluctantly welcomed the efforts of Poirot and so on Allingham chooses here to acknowledge the artificiality and in effect to tell us we simply have to accept it if we want to read onThe Inspector never knew uite why he always invited the pale young man to accompany him on this sort of expedition in defiance of edict and etiuette alike but the fact remained and so did Mr CampionI can't recall ever coming away from a Campion novel with the feeling that Allingtham had failed to deliver Death of a Ghost is no exception and it may be one of her bestThis is a contribution toward Rich Westwood’s “Crimes of the Century” feature on his Past Offences blog The year chosen for consideration in June 2015 is 1934

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Death of a GhostE work to a newly ravenous public at the rate of one per year Lafcadio's widow unveil the eighth canvas to a carefully selected audience Albert Campion an old friend of the widow's is among the cast of gadabouts muses and socialites gathered for the latest ceremony The event is a success for all but one of the attendees a young artist who is brutally stabbed while others are sipping champagne The art is the last thing on the sleuth's mind whenl the wife of another painter is poisoned The first killing took place at a crow. The real attack lay somewhere in the Cantonetti Campion wished he could remember The whole of the restaurant had become indistinct He was aware of vast planes of misty chattering ghosts to whom he supposed fatuously he was as invisible as they to him