Albert Campion is one of my favorite literary and television detectives. I missed him from this offering by Allingham, but even without him, the author shows clearly why she earned membership in that Golden Group of Detective Story Authors, those of the British School of the Twenties through the Fifties. She is literate, her characters have life, the plots are interesting, there is generally an element of humor in situations and/or text, and, in every respect, they speak of an author who has experienced life with a novelists eye and mind. ( I would say the same of Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Blake, Crispin, et al, who continue to provide pleasure long after their deaths.) In this story, the Co-Director, and serving Manager, of an historically relevant Art Gallery is murdered. All the suspects are either confined within the firms headquarters or the ancestral home of the elite family that has owned the gallery since its founding. The lead characters are richly drawn, the background ones nicely delineated. Not Campion but a Police Inspector plays the Central role of Nemesis. There is a romantic element, but it is not the dominant theme as it is in so many current mysteries. It reads well.
As to this audio book, it shines with the performance of Francis Matthews, a distinguished actor. With his voice he makes each of the characters live, none sound contrived. I can hardily recommend this audio version or the other formats in which the book has been issued.