Vintage is to bring 1930s crime writer Margery Allingham’s Campion books back into print, starting this month with an exclusive Waterstones edition of the first book in the series, The Crime at Black Dudley.
The Penguin Random House division will publish 20 books featuring sleuth Albert Campion over the next two years in a “bold new series look”.
Following the special edition of The Crime at Black Dudley for Waterstones, which costs £8.99, Vintage will release The Tiger in the Smoke, with an introduction by Susan Hill, in May 2015.
Joseph Knobbs, crime buyer at Waterstones, said: “We are thrilled to have Allingham's first Mr Campion mystery back in print, exclusively for Christmas. Our customers love a good mystery - and it's always a treat to find something from crime fiction's golden age that we can bring to a new generation.”
A general edition of The Crime at Black Dudley will also be among the five books by Allingham released in May 2015.
The final titles will be released in May 2016.
Vintage last issued new editions of Allingham’s book in the 2000s.