Campion - Death of a Ghost

 
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Behind his distinctive owlish glasses and gentle, deceptive naivete, Albert Campion conceals a passion for excitement and danger. Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who) plays Margery Allingham's enigmatic sleuth, with Brian Glover as his loyal but slightly shady manservant in these classic mysteries set in the 1930's. In this mystery, we find Campion hob-nobbing with art lovers at the posh estate of his friend Belle Lafcadio. He thought he'd been invited to view a painting but finds himself viewing a body. When another body turns up, Campion must deduce - is it suicide, or a second murder?

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The normally unflappable sleuth Albert Campion (played by a former Doctor Who, Peter Davison) loses a bit of his objectivity when murder strikes among some good friends, the bohemian enclave that's built up around a deceased artist who decreed that every year after his death one of his 12 last paintings should be unveiled. At the annual event, a sudden blackout gives someone the opportunity to stab an abrasive young artist with a pair of ornate scissors. As is usual with Margery Allingham's murder mysteries, the suspects in Death of a Ghost are a collection of eccentric personalities; their tics and accents are as entertaining as the elaborate unraveling of the improbable murders. This particular mystery is weakened by the small role of Campion's crusty manservant Lugg (Brian Glover), whose earthy attitude generally provides a much-needed counterbalance to Campion's smooth facade. --Bret Fetzer

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