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Margery Allingham
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4 Nov 2004 Campion Mystery


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

Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox sleuth, Albert Campion.

After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile, deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.

As urbane as Lord ingenious as Poirot. Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099474697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099474692
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Allingham is the best of mystery writers" (New Yorker)

"Allingham was a contemporary of Agatha Christie but her work is thought by many to be more stylish and less pedestrian, with cunning plots and witty characters" (Sunday Express)

"Margery Allingham is notable for the energy and inventiveness of her writing" (P.D. James)

"Miss Allingham's strength lies in her power of characterisation, in her striking talent for painting the social background against which she shows her characters, in her skill in the use of words whereby she paints so vividly the scene she describes" (Guardian)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Deco Detective story 4 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Intrepid hero with attitude takes on subtle forces of darkness with the doubtful help of the comic, the profane and the reassuringly stupid character supporting cast. The plot rackets along with the total assurance of a Mistress of the genre. The characters are always interestingly original and Albert Campion is a triumph of the art deco period. Margery Allingham cannot be said to be underated but she is certainly under celebrated.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simister is deeply sinister 22 Mar 2001
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Quite frankly anyone who could come up with a gang called after a man named 'Simister' and then describe it as 'sinister' has got it coming. That aside, this is probably one of the best Campion stories with lots of action and a good twist at the end. There are also lots of local yokels, two love stories and a bit of dodgy fortune telling. Not to mention a mysterious suicide and some very important quicksand. What more could you want?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 12 Aug 2009
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A really good Campion novel. The plot is well thought out, although the Simister gang seems perhaps a little dated now. The character of Campion becomes more fleshed out as the book goes on, and makes you want to find out more about him. The yokels are a scream, and the escape from the 'burning' building really rather funny. And there are a couple of romances and a very satisfactory villain. What's not to like?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Campion adventure! 26 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
It is pure coincidence that this, one of Allingham's earliest novels about Albert Campion, was the first one I ever listened to. I have long been a fan of murder mysteries and have more than my fair share of books and audiobooks by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, P D James etc. One day I went to my local bookshop looking for something new and picked out this little gem.

Philip Franks is, in my opinion, an excellent choice of reader. His vocal range is really quite impressive and he captures Campion's supposed slight naivety perfectly.

The plot is delightful - murder, theft, betrayal... It's all there!

This is a worthy item for any murder mystery collection, as are all the Allingham audiobooks I have bought thus far. There are now only two of her stories missing from my collection ;-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well performed potboiler 10 Sep 2008
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This rattles along and keeps your interest as long as you don't stop to think although only one element was really a mystery to me (the reason behind St Swithin's seemingly motiveless act). Its central conceit is similar to Conan Doyle's Moriarty and frankly no more convincing. Campion could be a really irritating hero, but the narrator infuses him with a certain charm and also makes much of the other characters particularly Thos and Lug.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS 15 Oct 2013
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A great read,story line a bit more involved then usual which makes it a better story over all.Should be read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The second of Allingham's "Campion" books, which begins the development of his character from the fop of "The Crime at Black Dudley" to the serious amateur of the later novels. It starts off with the electrification of a mouse that leads to Campion being called upon to provide a safe haven for an American Judge Lobett from the sinister Simister gang. Local colour and atmosphere, intriguing characters: a good place to start getting to know and love Allingham's insights viewed through Campion's "Everyman". Not overly well paced but nevertheless a good period read, with hints of the wonders to come in "Tiger in the Smoke", especially the darker side of humanity as well as the eccentricities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for fans of Albert Campion. 20 Aug 2014
By Iveljay
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An excellent early Campion that lays the groundwork for some of the later stories, particularly his avoidance of future female attachments, particularly in Look to the Lady, this only really gets resolved in Sweet Danger and The Fashion in Shrouds.

This is one of the attractions of Albert Campion, he grows up from a young and careless individual in the early stories to a somewhat older and perhaps darker person after the Second World War in Hide my eyes etc. This book is pretty well essential reading as it has Campion as a fully formed leading character, unlike The Crime at Black Dudley, where he is more of a supporting character, but does introduce Simisters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A useful accompaniment to craft work, or a long boring car journey.
Published 6 days ago by T J MURRELL
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading others in ...
Campion is an odd character, the books, if read out of order as I did, make you want to go back and start at the beginning and fill in the gaps. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tallulah
5.0 out of 5 stars A watery intrigue
I feel I know the part of East Anglia written about, in spite of never having been there, because of the detailed, atmospheric writing of Allingham. Read more
Published 1 month ago by manley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Anyone wanting to add to their collection of mystery books wont be let down by this. I love it and will read over and over.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
wonderful reading by Phillip Franks, brings the book and the characters to life with subtle changes of voice. Sits very well alongside
the original book.
Published 3 months ago by David Plummer
4.0 out of 5 stars Madcap Golden-Age Adventure
My 2nd Margery Allingham after Crime at Black Dudley, also Ms Allingham's 1st & 2nd in the Albert Campion mysteries. Read more
Published 9 months ago by N. Pemberton
1.0 out of 5 stars Very much of its time
Much of the slang, from the toffs, yokels and London working class is incomprehensible.
The casual racism (did you know you could recognise a Turk by the shape of his head? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. R. M. Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars An early Campion
I enjoy Margery Allingham's Campion mysteries. This is an early one and characters are not yet fully formed - but good to see some of Campion & Lugg's more dubious acquaintances... Read more
Published 13 months ago by ZOWEECAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoy listening to these
Excellent as always. Great to have on long journeys, makes sitting in traffic jams bearable. Always amazed how one person remembers the different voices for each character
Published 14 months ago by Caroline Cadlock
4.0 out of 5 stars easy Listening
Having stumbled on this series of books by accident I'm a surprised fan.
Easy to listen to on car journeys.
If you like Miss Marple then you will probably enjoy Campion
Published 14 months ago by Peanut
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