Annual General Meeting and Birthday Lunch
28 May 2022 at 11:45 (AGM) and 1:00pm (Lunch)
University Women’s Club
Audley Square, London W1K 1DB

The Society’s AGM and lunch will be held at the University Women’s Club on 28th May. The speaker will be Nicola Upson, the author of the highly acclaimed series of crime novels featuring a fictional version of Josephine Tey as the heroine and detective.

As in the past few years, the Committee is keen to keep the AGM and lunch accessible to as many members as possible so has taken the decision to again subsidise the event, keeping the price down to £40 per person.

Please contact Susan Cooper at to book your place.


Reading Group – 8pm – Tuesday 18 January 2022 – Mystery Mile

Why did Judge Crowdy Lobbett carry a suitcase full of a collection of children’s books? Whose identity was hidden away in one of the books? Why was the Simister gang prepared to kill to prevent the secret from coming out?

To find out, join the Society’s next online reading group on Tuesday 18 January where we will be discussing the second appearance of Albert Campion in Mystery Mile.

This is a free event but you will need to register your email address in order to receive the Zoom link.  Please contact Susan Cooper at: to register.  The reading group will be open to anyone, so if you have family or friends who would like to join in, please pass on the details.

Reading Group – 8pm – Tuesday 19 October 2021 – The White Cottage Mystery

Following the success of the Zoom meetings held by the Society earlier this year, the Society is going to run a reading group on Zoom this Autumn.  The first group will be on Tuesday 19 October 2021 at 8pm and the book under discussion will be The White Cottage Mystery.  Copies of this book are available online from Amazon, ABE Books etc and there is also a kindle version.

This is a free event but you will need to register your email address in order to receive the Zoom link.  Please contact Susan Cooper at: to register.  The reading group will be open to anyone, so if you have family or friends who would like to join in, please pass on the details.

The AGM was held via Zoom on Saturday 29th May starting at 4pm (BST). .  Even though the AGM was on Zoom this year, we followed our usual programme to the extent that we could (unfortunately we couldn’t provide lunch this year!).  Peter Guttridge was the guest of honour and speaker following the formal procedure of the AGM.  The second winner of the Margery Allingham/Crime Writers Association Short Story competition, Peter is a distinguished crime writer and critic, and also proved a very entertaining speaker.   The meeting was open to all members to attend and the time slot hopefully gave those members who don’t live in the UK an opportunity to join us.  WHEN/HOW/WHY I FIRST FOUND MARGERY We have arranged another Zoom meeting for Saturday, 20th March 2021 at 7.30pm GMT. If you would like to contribute to this meeting, please come prepared to speak for up to three minutes on the following topic of When/How/Why I First Found Margery. As before, your talk can be as serious or as tongue-in-cheek as you like as long as you don’t speak for more than three minutes. The meeting is open to all members to attend and we hope that once again, the time slot will give members outside the UK an opportunity to join us. You can be a participant or a spectator (and, if you don’t want to contribute with a three-minute slot, you will of course have a chance to ask questions, make comments and join in the general discussion after the contributions.) If you would like to attend the meeting please contact Susan Cooper by email, giving your name and email address and whether or not you wish to contribute a three minute talk. ZOOM INTO YOUR FAVOURITE CAMPION TALE If you have ever wanted to take part in a Campion tale – novel or short story – now is your chance. Join an online meeting, hosted by the Society on Zoom, for the chance to describe in three minutes, which tale you would like to take part in at a Zoom meeting hosted by the Society on 30th January at 7:30pm. To take part contact saying in which tale you would like to participate. If you want to join in and listen only then you can do so too, just contact and say that you will listen only. Participants will receive a personal invitation email to join the meeting with a link to click on to join the meeting (yes, it really is that easy), so it is important to register in advance. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH 2020: POSTPONED Unfortunately the AGM and Birthday Lunch, which was scheduled to take place in May 2020, had to be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. WINTER TALK: MARGERY ALLINGHAM ON THE RADIO: 8 February 2020 The Society’s Chairman Barry Pike gave a talk about Margery Allingham on the Radio. The talk featured excerpts from various BBC productions of Margery’s novels adapted for radio. The plays included Black Plumes, Look to the Lady, The Tiger in the Smoke, The Case of the Late Pig, More Work for the Undertaker and Wanted: Someone Innocent which were all originally broadcast between 1957 and 2005. WINTER LUNCH 2019: 23 November
Members of the Society gathered again at The Union, Sheldon Square, London for a pre-Christmas get together. You will see we even got the same table as last year! ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH 25 May 2019
This year’s Guest of Honour was Edwin Buckhalter, publisher of Mike Ripley’s Campion books. Edwin spoke entertainingly about working in the publishing industry and, in particular, the collaboration with Mike Ripley in the continuation series of Campion novels. WEEKEND CONVENTION: 12 to 14 April 2019 D'Arcy House Members of the Society gathered for a weekend convention at the Holiday Inn, Colchester.  Highlights of the weekend included a visit to the Allingham Archive held at the University of Essex in Colchester and a guided tour of D’Arcy House and gardens, Margery’s home in Tolleshunt D’Arcy for most of her writing career. WINTER LUNCH: 1 December 2018 IMG_20181201_130105631.jpg This year’s lunch was held on 1 December at The Union, Sheldon Square, London – a new venue, which proved very popular. A CELEBRATION OF 30 YEARS OF THE SOCIETY AND 80 YEARS SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF A FASHION IN SHROUDS: 20th October 2018 The Society held a talk by Barry Pike on A Fashion In Shrouds followed by lunch at the Concert Artistes Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND LUNCH: 5th May 2018 The Guest Speaker was writer and historian Ruth Dudley Edwards.
Ruth’s crime fiction is noted for its satirical tone. Her recent novel, Killing The Emperors, set in the art world, won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award in 2013. Her non-fiction book, Aftermath: the Omagh Bombing and the Families’ Pursuit of Justice, published in 2012, was named the Sunday Times Current Affairs Book of the Year and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction. Ruth is a member of The Detection Club and was one of the co-authors of its recent publication, The Sinking Admiral.