“Sweet Danger” by Marjery Allingham; “Have his Carcase” and “Whose Body?” by Dorothy L. Sayers

Sayers is great fun – Wimsey is a wonderful character, such a perfect epitome and caricature of clubland and the Edwardian aristocracy, and her murder mysteries are intricate and teasing. Allingham though is to be preferred: her Campion has greater depths, her plots are more imaginative (“camp”, as Jane Stevens puts it in her introduction to the Omnibus (whole text here I believe), she lacks Sayers’ “snobbery and racism” (ibid.), and her Penguin green covers look better.

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