“Police at the Funeral” by Margery Allingham

Novel, 1931

Fairly typical whodunnit, with a gothic edge rendered by an out of the way creepy house and mildly dysfunctional family at the centre of a series of unfolding mysteries. A good pace, too, even allowing for a high number of characters, traits and hints which pull the reader about just like they ought to be. Not a huge amount of peril, but some tension and gruesome detail in places, which make for an enjoyable read, even if character depth and development are overlooked. Some thought and growth of Albert Campion, the central series detective, however.

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