Londra, Little Venice. Albert Campion viene a trovarsi sulla scena di un crimine, perpetrato, questa volta, durante un party a casa di Belle, la vedova di un famoso pittore del periodo edoardiano, John Sebastian Lafcadio. Lafcadio ha lasciato in eredità dodici suoi preziosi quadri, con l’indicazione di esibirne uno alla volta in una mostra, ogni anno dopo la sua morte.
Ma l’esibizione dell’ottavo quadro viene funestata da un omicidio, quello di Thomas Dacre, un artista protégé di Lafcadio nonché fidanzato di sua nipote Linda. Dacre è appena tornato dall’Italia portando con sé la bella Rosa Rosa, sua modella, sua musa e… altro. Naturalmente i sospetti cadono subito su Linda, arrabbiatissima con Dacre, non perché proponga un ménage à trois con Rosa Rosa, ma perché – e qui entriamo in territorio prettamente allinghamiano – in Italia la sua arte è diventata cheap.
Belle è una gran dama, e per l’occasione ha radunato la crème de la crème del mondo aristocratico e artistico, oltre a Max Fustian, erede dell’agenzia incaricata delle mostre annuali, e il suo giovane amico Albert Campion. Durante il ricevimento saltano le luci. Quando si riaccendono, Dacre giace sul pavimento pugnalato al cuore con un paio di forbici «artistiche», opera di una delle ospiti fisse di Belle. Perché la casa nonché la dependance di Belle sono piene di gente: domestici, ex amanti di Lafcadio, ex modelle cadute in povertà, familiari delle medesime, tutti con tendenze artistiche e tutti squattrinati.
Naturalmente Campion viene cooptato dalla polizia per risolvere il caso, e deve usare tutto il suo proverbiale tatto e la sua formidabile intelligenza per intrappolare l’omicida. E come sempre nei romanzi di Allingham, la trama si fa complicata, i personaggi presentano imprevedibili risvolti caratteriali e l’azione diventa frenetica. Niente è mai semplice, nemmeno per Campion, che però…
- ISBN: 8833927814
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 284
I have been slowly reading my way through the Albert Campion books, with somewhat mixed feelings. Although I am a lover of Golden Age mysteries, I have struggled with this series so far. However, I was pleased to find that this, the sixth book featuring Campion, first published in 1934, is much more Leggi tutto
In order to spite his arch-rival Tanqueray, 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 dema Leggi tutto
This book is OK, as far as it goes. It is a thirties crime mystery based around a posh family and their connections, and almost everyone is connected with the art world in some way. The initial murder, there are more to come, takes place early on during the first viewing of one of the paintings whic Leggi tutto
This is one of those not-actually-mysterious mysteries where the identity of the culprit is clear quite early on, to the detective as well as the reader, and the remainder of the story is the protagonist attempting to collect proof. Sometimes this works fine, especially if it is handled in a suspens Leggi tutto
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.
Detective fiction isn't a genre that I ever usually reach for - this was a text for uni - and I doubt I'll be reading much of it in the future. The story was interesting enough, but I just didn't find it all that memorable.
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 c Leggi tutto
Does this title, that of the sixth Albert Campion book, refer to the ghost of John Lafcadio, the artist whose cheeky attempt to gain immortality and get one over on his rivals, has far-reaching consequences for his family and friends? Each year, starting in the eleventh year after his death, one of
I often think that Johnnie’s work was unspoiled by the conventions of the period largely because he had an unwarrantable dislike of children. -Margery Allingham, Death of A Ghost Margery Allingham’s Death of A Ghost was published in 1934. It is the sixth mystery featuring Albert Campion, a seemingly Leggi tutto
I'm most eager to see how this installment of the Campion series translates to screen; my DVD should be coming today. Definitely NOT up there with the previous entries into the Campion series; here he just sort of comes in and out until the very end; none of the banter that helps to define who he is Leggi tutto
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