Between the wars female crime writers such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham enjoyed great success. Many of these authors continued writing until the 1960s and 70s and their detectives and amateur sleuths – Christie’s Miss Marple and  Hercule Poirot, Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey and Allingham’s Albert Campion are much loved literary characters to this day.

Margery Allingham began writing in her teens but didn’t experience real success until 1929, when her first crime novel The Crime at Black Dudley was published. This is the first novel that features Detective Albert Campion, although not in a starring role. Over the next three decades, Margery Allingham wrote nineteen books that feature Campion, the most acclaimed of which, The Tiger in the Smoke and Sweet Danger have now joined the Macmillan Collector’s Library in hardback, with exclusive new introductions.

Looking for more suggestions from the golden age of crime fiction? Take a look at our selection of the best classic crime novels.