Allingham, a contemporary of Agatha Christie, wrote highly detailed, stylish mysteries. Like Christie's Hercule Poirot, Allingham's Albert Campion became a dominant character in her many novels. In The Fashion in Shrouds, Campion finds himself caught up in a series of murders that surround the well-known actress Georgia Wells. As the story progresses, suspects abound. Even Campion's sister, Val, begins to look guilty. After all, Georgia's latest conquest had been Val's beau. The author's writing style is brilliant and witty, although at times the language is a bit dated. She maintains the reader's interest through her well-defined and intriguing characters and her absorbing plots. Francis Matthews does a wonderful job in his performance, catching all the many dialects of the players.