I have just finished reading The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham. This is the first of her books that I’ve read and I picked it up whilst browsing in a bookshop.This was one of her earliest works and her first crime novel. It first appeared as a series in the Daily Telegraph in 1927 and was published as a novel the following year.
I’ve been a fan of Agatha Christie since I was a teenager. One of my favourite Christie novels is Crooked House because of its interesting plot. I now realise Christie’s plot is not as original as I thought it was when I read her book. Christie and Allingham have very similar writing styles. I really like the way they both use simple language and great craftsmanship as a vehicle to carry the story.
The White Cottage Mystery is a bold and debut novel which is confident in its narrative. The victim is a nasty piece of work whom everyone in the household has a motive to murder. The detective on this case is one W.T. Challoner and his son is his sidekick. The pair follow the trail to France. Challoner eventually closes the case after he apparently reaches a dead end with it. He waits seven years to reveal the shocking truth to his son and daughter in law.
For more information about Margery Allingham have a look at the Margery Allingham Society website here…. http://www.margeryallingham.org.uk/