Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dancers in Mourning (Albert Campion Mystery #9)” as Want to Read:
Dancers in Mourning (Albert Campion Mystery #9)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dancers in Mourning (Albert Campion #9)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,113 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Jimmy Sutane, London's favorite song-and-dance man, headlines at the Argosy Theater, where someone plays increasingly nasty pranks. Albert Campion offers to poke around, but finds explosive egos, including a brooding musician and melodramatic young actress. Campion needs some fancy footwork of his own to evade danger.

All the books from Albert Campion series are standalone
Published July 1st 1990 by Yestermorrow (first published 1937)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dancers in Mourning, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dancers in Mourning

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
1920's British detective Albert Campion is my secret crush-of-all-crushes. If I could bring one fictional character to life so I could marry them, it would not be Indiana Jones or . . . okay, I don't really have a list, it's really just Albert Campion and Indiana Jones. But Campion wins in a landslide.

I think, in order to love and adore Albert Campion as I do, you have to read the following Margery Allingham books in the following order:

--"The Crime at Black Dudley," her first novel, where Camp
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Albert Campion is called upon to investigate a number of hoaxes being carried out against Jimmy Sutane, a star dancer who is appearing in a successful musical based on the memoirs of “Uncle William” Faraday whom we first encountered in Police at the Funeral. The hoaxes are very upsetting and are seriously affecting Sutane.

Campion visits the Sutane’s country house and meets Jimmy’s wife, Linda . Between them, a very profound attraction develops which provides Campion with a moral dilemma and almo
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic characters. Gripping tale. And last, but by no means least, The Great Magersfontein Lugg befriending a lonely little girl and teaching her to pick locks, to Mr. Campion's great annoyance. She has the time of her life!
S Dizzy
This was an interesting story but it felt like it was trying too hard. Some places were overloaded with flowery prose and too much angst. I was able to guess who the murderer was early on in the story. Having said that, I do like Albert Campion, and will certainly read other stories in the series.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
DANCERS IN MOURNING. (1937). Margery Allingham. ***.
It’s been years since I read a mystery by Ms. Allingham, but it was easy to slip back into the habit. This novel features the cooperation of Albert Campion, either the eighth or ninth episode in the series, depending on which reference you use. Although Campion is the obvious star of the plot, he really doesn’t do a lot. He even manages to make an early guess as to whom the killer in the story is – and is wrong. The story revolves around a seri
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-mystery
Dancers in Mourning is Margery Allingham at her best. This is classic Albert Campion at his most charming and his most fallible. Campion is called in by theatre giant and dazzling dancer, Jimmy Sutane to get to the bottom of a spate of cruel practical jokes which begin backstage at the Argosy Theatre and follow Sutane to his country estate. At first the pranks are merely annoying....garlic scented flowers, smashed glass on his photograph outside the theatre, and people wandering through his gard ...more
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 1988
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of the 'odd' Allingham - it's not really as much about the murder as it is about the life of people within the dancehall entertainment industry. Unfortunately, Allingham isn't really a good enough writer to pull out the discord and disharmony between the actors in the profression. There just seems to be too many characters who are not differentiated enough to make them memorable - for an example, I still wasn't sure by the end of the book who Socks was!

On another note, there
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was terribly bothered when one of the characters confessed at the end that he knew all along who the murderer was but he allowed him to kill 4 or 5 more people because his honor demanded he not peach on his friend!
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moves a little slow, but Allingham nicely shows all kinds of re-direction. Even Campion has the "wrong" suspect until the last two pages. Campion has emotions and Lugg is surprisingly nice.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn, #5)
  • She Came Back (Miss Silver, #9)
  • Swan Song (Gervase Fen, #4)
Aka Maxwell March.

Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine. Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt's magazine.

More about Margery Allingham...

Other Books in the Series

Albert Campion (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion Mystery #1)
  • Mystery Mile (Albert Campion Mystery #2)
  • Look to the Lady (Albert Campion Mystery #3)
  • Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion Mystery #4)
  • Sweet Danger (Albert Campion Mystery #5)
  • Death of a Ghost (Albert Campion Mystery #6)
  • Flowers for the Judge (Albert Campion #7)
  • The Case of the Late Pig (Albert Campion Mystery #8)
  • The Fashion in Shrouds (Albert Campion Mystery #10)
  • Traitor's Purse (Albert Campion Mystery #11)
“When Mr. William Faraday sat down to write his memoirs after fifty-eight years of blameless inactivity he found the work of inscribing the history of his life almost as tedious as living it had been, and so, possessing a natural invention coupled with a gift for locating the easier path, he began to prevaricate a little upon the second page, working his way up to downright lying on the sixth and subsequent folios.” 6 likes
“But there are roughly two sorts of informed people, aren't there? People who start off right by observing the pitfalls and mistakes and going round them, and the people who fall into them and get out and know they're there because of that. They both come to the same conclusions but they don't have quite the same point of view.” 6 likes
More quotes…