I have some more information to share about the new book featuring Albert Campion, coming later this spring. As I wrote yesterday, Mike Ripley has completed a hitherto-unfinished book about Mr. Campion, the character created by Margery Allingham - a book left unfinished at the death of Ms. Allingham's husband, Philip Youngman Carter. It will be called Mr. Campion's Farewell.
Mike Ripley has sent me a note with some more details:
As I make clear in “Mr Campion’s Farewell” it is a continuation of an untitled third solo novel by Youngman Carter. He only managed four chapters before he died in November 1969.
I am well aware of his two Campion novels - as I edited new editions of them for Ostara Publishing last year!
Having read several of Youngman Carter’s short stories (the majority published in Argosy actually), his journalism, his travel writing and even his poetry (!) as background, I can certainly spot his influence on Margery’s character Albert Campion, notably in the earlier books, say 1930-38, and again in the post WWII period, though his collaboration with his wife (which she always admitted) tailed off after about 1950 when he was doing other things.
He got back into Campion to finish off “Cargo of Eagles” when Margery died in 1966 and was the logical choice to keep the series going.
I'm looking forward to reading this one, when it's published. Severn House will be releasing it in the UK in March, with an ebook and a US edition coming a couple of months later.
Ripley did also comment on the growing number of revivals of popular detectives:
My crack about “other revived detectives are available” refers to the latest Lord Peter Wimsey novel (out last month here) by Jill Paton Walsh and the new Hercule Poirot novel coming in September from Sophie Hannah, not to mention a recent James Bond and the much-threatened return of Philip Marlowe....It seems you just can’t keep good characters down.