Sunday, December 6, 2015
12/6/1958 "What to do with an Ageing Detective"
What was unusual was that this piece was an interview between the author and her character. And Albert has a few things to get off his chest, mostly concerned with the fact that he was getting too old to do the kinds of stunts she kept handing him.
"[E]verybody knows how old I am. You saw to that, fixing it as the same age as the century so we shouldn't get muddled."
Allingham was neither the first nor last author to record a chat with a character. If you don't happen to have a complete run of Time and Tide you can find this one in her book The Return of Mr. Campion: Uncollected Stories.