Margery Allingham was a skillful, stylish mystery novelist who produced the bulk of her books between the first and second World Wars. Most of her novels feature a quiet, unassuming private detective named Albert Campion, who, it is suggested, may have been born on the wrong side of a very highly-placed blanket. Campion is an appealing character, but his entertainment value pales beside that of his manservant, ex-burglar Magersfontein Lugg.
Note: We found some quotes from the PBS version of Allingham’s Campion stories—behold:
Campion: We may be going to a house where they have real servants. You'll have to behave. Lugg: I can handle servants. Campion: Up to and including grievous bodily harm. Lugg: I've got discretion, me—in both fists.
Campion: This is a gun, and as soon as I've read the instruction leaflet I won't hesitate to use it.