What inspired you to love crime fiction? Was it one particular author, a TV show or film?
My answer: The 1989/1990 TV series Campion, with Peter Davison as Albert Campion, Brian Glover as Magersfontein Lugg, and Lysette Anthony as Lady Amanda Fitton.
If you’re familiar with the Campion novels, you’ll know that part of their interest is the hazy origins of Campion himself. Like every second sleuth from the 20s/30s he is aristocratic, but his origins are never entirely clear. I think it was probably that mystery that captured my interest rather than the televised stories themselves. I’m still more interested in character than plot.
I still own a number of the 1980s Penguin editions that came out at the time. I think Sweet Danger was probably the first I bought. Has my love for Campion stories persisted? I’ll be reviewing The Tiger in the Smoke as part of my CWA Top 100 challenge, so you’ll find out then.
I did rewatch some of the TV shows recently and found them a bit dated.
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