Pearls Before Swine by Margery Allingham


Pearls Before Swine (#12 in the Albert Campion series), Margery Allingham, 1945 (originally published as Coroner’s Pidgin)

My favorite quote: “Nobody, nobody ever killed anyone simply in order to provide an awkward corpse in someone else’s house.”

Notable characters: Albert Campion, the detective

Most memorable scene: Campion in the bath while his servant, Lugg, and local aristocrat, Lady Carados, carry a corpse into his bedroom.

Greatest strengths: Continued suspense, unique character description, remarkable wit

Standout achievements: On top of being a fun detective story, Pearls Before Swine is a superb period piece that gives readers a vivid look at the deterioration of aristocracy and the crumbling state of London as World War II was reaching its end

Fun Facts: The character of Albert Campion is alleged to have been created as a parody of Dorothy L. Sayers’ detective Lord Peter Wimsey

What it taught me about writing: This is one of the books that showed me the importance and power of setting

How it inspired my own work: The surname Campion always sounded strong and smart to me, so I used it for one of the leaders (Matthew Campion) of Obscura Nocte, an organization from my own novels that specializes in the supernatural

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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