Death of a Ghost

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Margery Allingham
15 October 2015
Agora Books

John Sebastian Lafcadio’s ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death.

A set of twelve sealed paintings is left in the hands of his widow, together with the instruction that she unveil one canvas each year before a carefully selected audience.

Albert Campion is invited to join a cast of gadabouts, muses, and socialites to witness the eighth unveiling but they are treated instead to a murder. The lights go down, and a young man is stabbed to death.

Campion must get to work on the baffling case, with its long – suspiciously long – line-up of possible killers and  soon finds himself having to face his dearest enemy…


Death of a Ghost was first published in 1934.


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‘Margery Allingham was one of the greatest mid-20th-century practitioners of the detective novel.’ -Alexander McCall Smith

‘Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered.’ -P.D. James

‘The real queen of crime.’ -Guardian

‘As addictive as cocaine.’ –Independent

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