The Allingham Minibus

The Allingham Minibus
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Margery Allingham
10 October 2019
Agora Books

A scintillating collection of stories from Queen of Crime Margery Allingham

The Allingham Minibus is a collection of eighteen short stories in which Queen of Crime Margery Allingham dabbles in the occult, the mysterious, and the murderous. Always the perceptive observer, Allingham fills these stories with astute characterisations, brilliant humour, and her classic wit.

With a tribute by Agatha Christie, this Golden Age collection is sure to dazzle and delight fans of this master of detective fiction.

The Allingham Minibus was first published in 1973 and has also been published as Mr Campion’s Lucky Day and Other Stories.


All impeccably written and gripping.’ Manchester Evening News

‘Margery Allingham was not just a leading author of Golden Age detective novels, she was an outstanding short story writer. The Allingham Minibus is a delightful showcase of her range and skill and its reappearance, complete with tribute from Agatha Christie, is most welcome.’ Martin Edwards, author of Gallows Court

★★★★★  ‘A wonderful collection of top notch mysteries by one of the masters.

★★★★★  ‘Grab a cup of tea and settle in with this book, you will not be disappointed.’

★★★★★Anything by Margery Allingham is a delight. Her characters come to life, her prose sparkles, and you get a view of a world gone by.’

★★★★★a fantastic introduction to the world of Margery Allingham

★★★★★ ‘This is an excellent compilation of Allingham’s short stories… I know I’ll be returning to these stories again and again

★★★★★ ‘Campion is wry and irreverent, solving his mysteries with a twinkle in his eye.’

★★★★★ ‘A well-chosen selection of diverse tales from a true master of her craft — and the short story.’

★★★★★ ‘entertaining fare with a good deal of Allingham’s humor and wit.’

★★★★★ ‘extremely interesting and well written…readers of hers will not be disappointed

★★★★★Margery Allingham never disappoints.

★★★★★ ‘this book is surely one to appeal to those who savor the writing of the Golden Age.’

★★★★★ ‘I enjoyed seeing a different side to this author’s writing and would reccomend it to any Allingham or classic short story fan.’

★★★★★ ‘Allingham has a true gift for taking the reader in and on an adventure. Her stories transport one into another world.

★★★★★ ‘read a second time to fully appreciate the wit and poetic pictures they create for us.’

★★★★★Allingham really is the queen of crime and tales with twists and turns!’

★★★★★ ‘A great collection of short stories from a master writer… Allingham displays a talent for the macabre here.’

★★★★★ ‘Each story helps you realize what a consummate writer she is’

★★★★★loved every story in the book!

★★★★★ ‘What a little gem of a book! Margaret Allingham is such a versatile writer and this book proves it…Most enjoyable.’

★★★★★ ‘An engrossing and entertaining read, highly recommended!’

★★★★★a treasure of short stories… The clever plots and precision of language are fresh and new after all this time’

★★★★★ ‘Allingham’s wit and ability to establish the situation while subtly leaving hints to the story’s resolution (with little melodrama) is second to none, which is why she is among my favorite Golden Age mystery writers.’

★★★★★her talent to draw us in full of tension intrigue chills. Sit back relax enjoy each story’

★★★★★ ‘Varied and diverse… an ideal companion for a cosy night in next to a roaring fire. Wonderful reading.’

★★★★★ ‘very well told with that superb storytelling style that is only Allingham

‘My very favourite of the four Queens of Crime is Allingham.’ JK Rowling

‘Margery Allingham has precious few peers and no superiors.’ The Sunday Times

‘The best of mystery writers.’ The New Yorker

‘Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered.’ PD James

‘The real queen of crime.’ The Guardian

‘As addictive as cocaine.’ Independent

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