When song-and-dance star Jimmy Sutane falls victim to a string of malicious practical jokes, there’s only one man who can get to the bottom of the apparent vendetta against the music hall darling- Albert Campion.
Soon, however, the backstage pranks escalate and an ageing starlet is killed.
Under pressure to uncover the culprit and plagued by his growing feelings for Sutane’s wife, Campion finds himself uncomfortably embroiled in an investigation which tests his ingenuity and integrity to the limit.
This novel was first published in 1937.
‘Dancers in Mourning and The Fashion in Shrouds were published in 1937 and 1938, and are the best examples of Allingham’s capacity to create the atmosphere, and machinery, and ideology, of enclosed worlds – the stage and the musical in Dancers in Mourning; the world of haute couture in The Fashion in Shrouds.’ — A S Byatt, The Telegraph
‘Unforgettable.’ — A.S. Byatt
‘Faultless.’ — The Times
‘Don’t start reading these books unless you are confident that you can handle addiction’ — The Independent
‘Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light.’ — Agatha Christie
‘My very favourite of the four Queens of crime is Allingham’ — JK Rowling
‘Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered.’ — PD James
‘Sweet Danger is for the connoisseur of detective fiction’ — Sunday Times
‘Spending an evening with Campion is one of life’s pure pleasures’ — The Sunday Times