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Coroner's Pidgin (Penguin Classic Crime) [Paperback]

Margery Allingham
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25 Jan 1996 Penguin Classic Crime
It is Mr. Campion's first moment of peace after three years of nameless service in the war. Catching his train is his only worry. But his peace is rudely interrupted by the discovery he makes as he steps out of the bath.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140166114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140166118
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever (Sara Paretsky)

Philip Franks sounds, marvellously, as if he's reading in a dinner-jacket . . . Fabulous (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

The real queen of crime (GUARDIAN)

Margery Allingham has precious few peers and no superiors (SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Campion is welcomed back from his three-year stint with the war office by a suspicious suicide case -- classic British crime writing at its best. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 15 Feb 2002
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This book is set in wartime London and has an intriguing mystery involving murders, vintage wine and missing antiques that Campion has to solve before he catches a train home on leave. The identity of the culprit came as a surprise to this reviewer, at least. There is a strange collection of characters including Campion's uncle, the Bishop of Devizes (curiously, for he is stated in earlier books to have died before the war). For Allingham fans, Lugg as an ARP warden (and part-time pig-keeper)is a treat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars check titles 5 Nov 2010
this is a great tale in the best tradition lots of intrigue but i didnt realise i already had this book under the title of coroners pidgeon in the original penguin series so do make sure
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 16 Aug 2010
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It is easy to forget that Margery Allingham is not just a detective story writer but a very good author. Her style and description is masterly. This book is a superb period-piece, it recalls days and events which occured long before most present day readers would have been born but does it so vividly that one can almost feel oneself slipping back into that world.It is gripping and exciting, I would recommend it as a good holiday read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, if unusual, Campion mystery 12 July 2012
I don't really understand the confusion some reviewers seem to have with the title. This book has always been called 'Coroner's Pidgin' in the UK, and 'Pearls before Swine' in the USA.

It is unusual in that it is the only wartime novel I have read that takes place after it had become obvious that the war in Europe is won, but some time before Hitler committed suicide. Probably most authors thought this a rather dull period! Not so Allingham who presents an excellent and gripping mystery about a Nazi plot, initiated before war broke out, to ensure that valuable art works were safely out of bombing zones so that they could be carried off to the Fatherland after the invasion of Britain. The British organiser of the necessary thefts and murders remains a mystery almost to the end of the novel.

In customary Allingham style, the ethos of London in the period is brilliantly portrayed and Lugg has a couple of wonderful, if unlikely, cameos. Once as the accomplice of a titled lady who is attempting to hide a body, and even more exotic, as Lugg the warden, keeping a pig in one of London's most fashionable squares. There is the usual crop of nutty characters, probably the best of which is Miss Pork, an upper middle-class rural lady with a secret she doesn't know she has. (Allingham has a subtle flair for names that rivals Dickens at times)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 6 April 2014
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Anyone wanting to add an excellent read to their collection can do no worse than to buy this book. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAMPION 22 Oct 2013
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WONDERFUL. I really enjoyed this book Campion was as clever as always possibly a little slow at solving this one .loved the end .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 14 May 2013
By alison
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Typical English detective novel, for those that like that genre
A reasonably good surprise ending
You get what you expect
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