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Death of a Ghost Free read ê 0 ☆ ❴Reading❵ ➸ Death of a Ghost Author Margery Allingham – Helpyouantib.co.uk John Sebastian Lafcadio is one of the greatest painters of the Edwardian period and his ambition to be known as the greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as h John Sebastian Work to a newly ravenous public at the rate of one per year Lafcadio's widow unveil the eighth canvas to a carefully selected audience Albert Campion an old friend of the widow's is among the cast of gadabouts muses and socialites gathered for the latest ceremony The event is a success for all but one of the attendees a young artist who is brutally stabbed while others are sipping champagne The art is the last thing on the sleuth's mind whenl the wife of another painter is poisoned The first killing took place at a crowd. 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

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John Sebastian Lafcadio is one of the greatest painters of the Edwardian period and his ambition to be known as Death of Epubthe greatest painter since Rembrandt was not to be thwarted by a matter as trifling as his own death Lafcadio was not only a brilliantly talented it appears a bit psychic Certain that his reputation would improve dramatically after his death he left aset of twelve sealed paintings with his agent along with the instruction that her widow should wait a suitable interval and then begin doling out the. In order to spite his arch rival Tanueray 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 demand for his work and that the strategy would give Tanueray an annual posthumous reminder that Lafcadio was the artist the public and the connoisseurs preferredIn fact Tanueray died before that initial decade was up but Lafcadio's widow Belle and the inheritor of the Salmon agency Max Fustian continue the tradition of the annual viewing of a newly revealed Lafcadio work As a much younger friend of Belle's Albert Campion is present at the latest showing During the traditional drinking of the sour wine the eating of the curling cruditees and the chattering to people you'd normally avoid and anyway can't hear properly because of the yammer the lights go out When they're restored there lies on the floor stabbed through the heart with a pair of ornamental scissors Dacre a protege of Lafcadio's and assumed fiance of Lafcadio's granddaughter LindaThe cops descend in the shape of Campion's old buddy Inspector Stanislaus Oates of the Yard this novel predated the bursting onto the scene of Charlie Luke as Allingham's preferred cop Between them Oates and Campion get absolutely nowhereBut then there's a second death in the sprawling Lafcadio household Claire the managerial wife of one of Lafcadio's old hangers on is found dead of what could have been a heart attack but proves on autopsy to have been poisoning by nicotinic acid and this time Campion knows with a certainty that outstrips any evidence he might possess who the culprit is and thus probably the perpetrator of the first killing too Oates agrees with Campion's hypothesis but the murder of Claire has been so carefully orchestrated that there's no way either man can bring the killer to justice using conventional means Campion even considers especially when he realizes the danger that Belle and Linda might be in simply taking justice into his own hands whatever the price he might have to pay Being a civilized human being however he instead maneuvers himself into position as the person the murderer might be best advised next to kill in the attempt to cover up the dirty little secret that lies at the core of the plot This is a terrific thriller Allingham wrote some splendid mysteries but I've come to the conclusion that her thrillers like this novel Traitor's Purse and of course The Tiger in the Smoke show her at her best I think she probably achieved this through her deft ability to portray character I last read Death of a Ghost perhaps forty years ago so obviously remembered very little of the plot but I did recall the characters notably Belle Max Fustian and Linda who I thought and still think is red hot an aesthetic conclusion with which Campion evidently agreesThere are also to be honest some fairly easy almost cheap bits of characterization going on household hanger on Donna Beatrice an old model of Lafcadio's pretentiously full Blavatsky style of the need to understand the Higher Consciousness and open one's aura to the mystic

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Death of a GhostEd art show in full view of the cream of London society For the second killing only the victim and the murderer were present The first killing took place at a crowded art show in full view of the cream of London society For the second killing only the victim and the murderer were present Now the scene was set for the third a lavish dinner party with vintage wines and with Albert Campion's death as the main course Mr Campion must employ all his tact as well as his formidable intelligence to trap the killer and dodge death. 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