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Cargo Of Eagles

Cargo Of Eagles [Kindle Edition]

Margery Allingham
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"A perfectly wonderful writer" (Scotsman)

"Margery Allingham has precious few peers and no superiors" (Sunday Times)

"One of the finest "golden age" crime novelists" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Miss Allingham has a strong, well controlled sense of humour, a power of suggesting character with a few touches and an excellent English style. She has a sense of the fantastic, and is never dull" (Times Literary Supplement)

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Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KB1QD68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different time, a different world 18 July 2011
If you haven't encountered Albert Campion and his man Lugg before you're probably better off with one of the earlier stories - perhaps "Look To The Lady" or "Mystery Mile" - since this was the last of Margery Allingham's novels, and was completed by her husband, Philip Youngman Carter, after her death in 1966. Expect all the usual Allingham ingredients - thick-ear thuggery, evil Arch-Villains, very virtuous goodies, and a journey into a social world which has vanished forever. This book is what you might describe as a topping read.
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I read somewhere that Margery Allingham achieved the remarkable consistency of her novels by writing them three times, using what we might now call a debugging technique on each iteration. As she died before she finished the first version of Cargo of Eagles, we have a unique opportunity to sense the quality of her output - even before she was satisfied with it. Since she worked with a highly detailed plan, and suspected that she might not make if through this last Campion, it was a relatively straightforward task for her husband Pip to finish the last few pages, which he did with Marjorie's blessing. I sometimes think I can see the join, but suspect that I can't really.

When I first read this book, about a year after publication, I didn't like it. Probably because I was just a bit younger than the bikers in the book and thought an ancient person like Allingham had no business writing about things she couldn't possibly understand. Re-reading it now, I realise just how silly I was! In common with others of the later Allinghams, Cargo of Eagles uses the desolate backdrop of post-war east London as its principal setting, with an insightful examination of the almost incestuous community that remains. Campion is asked to look into the disappearance of tens of thousands of pounds worth of gold coinage, possibly by an act of piracy during the closing stages of the war. There are a couple of highly sinister villains lurking in the background, a band of arrogant and noisy bikers, a poison pen campaign, at least one murder, and in the midst of it all - Lugg - creating the ideal retirement bungalow! As I read this, I realised that it is located not too far down river from the area recently rejigged for the Olympic Games. So, that's another valuable literary location permanently lost!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are no bad Allingham's 7 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent story, another Margery Allingham/Campion favorite and well
read by Philip Franks who's voice makes you feel that
you are actually listening to Albert Campion relating the
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cargo of Eagles 16 Feb 2009
By Rich
Enjoyable Allingham swansong. Has a melancholy air which contributes to the books success. Plenty of characters and action, at times it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, but it does. The solution is satisfying and effective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Mar 2014
By Pat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've always loved Margery Allingham novels but hadn't read this one. It was only after I'd bought it that I realised that it wasn't written completely by Margery but completed by her husband after her death. The plot was typical of her novels but the writing definitely wasn't as good.
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