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Sweet danger [Unknown Binding]

Margery Allingham
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The discovery of oil and the creation of a natural harbour following an earthquake makes the previously ignored kingdom of Averna a much sought after piece of real estate.
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  • Unknown Binding: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CNCG6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,317,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

'Sweet Danger is for the connoisseur of detective fiction (Sunday Times)

An extremely entertaining nightmare of sensational events. Like all for which Margery Allingham is responsible, it is thoroughly original (Daily Telegraph)

An exceedingly lively thriller (Spectator) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A British claim to a tiny Balkan state leads Campion on a race against time in the village of Pontisbright -- classic British crime writing at its best. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best! 26 May 2006
By mg1900
This is one of the best Margery Allingham books ever, and that's saying a good deal. It is an excellent example of her unique mix of the English "golden age" detective story with the old fashioned thriller.

It comes from her early period, when the emphasis is on eccentricity and fun, in a warm feel-good inter-war English upper middle class context. But it also has elements of a thriller, with fights as well as conundrums, which saves it from mere self indulgence and introduces a dark side, which came to dominate in later books like "Tiger in the Smoke".

The plot has a number of strands but they are woven together very tight - it revolves around a treasure hunt with international diplomatic implications, making it really matter. But it is quirky and witty throughout, and introduces Allingham's top detective character, Albert Campion, to Amanda Fitton, who in later books becomes his wife.

It's romantic, funny, extraordinarily well written, pacy, clever in conception, flawless in execution, with a dark shadow thrown across it by the villains and plenty of colourful characters, both good guys and bad guys, men and women. It may not be realistic, but it can't be beaten for entertainment value.

Unusually for a book of this type, it bears re-reading many times.

A must for fans; an excellent introduction to the writer for others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid! 15 Jun 2012
This was the first Allingham I read, but I was 12 at the time and didn't really understand it - particularly the seemingly inappropriate inanity of Campion. Since then, I have revisited it several times and it is now one of my favourite books by any author. Sweet Danger contains: adventure, detection, humour, romance, and one of the most intelligent fictional treatments of black magic that I have ever read. As with all good fiction, it helps to have sufficient knowledge of the time it was written to make the plot credible. For here we have a fictional hereditary fiefdom situated near the ancient independent maritime power of Dubrovnik, and a taste of rural English life in the 1920s that is not too far removed from the feudal period.

The novel is set in Allingham's favoured Suffolk - this time the north west near the border with Norfolk. The author paints a wonderfully evocative picture of life in out-of-the-way English places early in the last century, including a decrepit water mill, a pub friendly but not overly-welcoming of strangers, some weird customs, and the wonderful house of one of Allingham's greatest characters - the decidedly creepy Dr Galley - suffering from decades of social isolation and too much of the wrong sort of reading! Not that this tale lacks competing compelling characters. In addition to Galley, Campion, and Lugg, these include: Brett Savanake - a super-industrialist (also creepy) used to getting his own way whatever the cost to others, Amanda Fitton - brave, clever, vibrant, technical - later to become Campion's wife (although 16 years younger!), Hal Fitton - Amanda's pompous younger brother, Scatty Williams - Amanda's helper in running the mill and a wonderful, admiring sidekick for Lugg when the going gets tough, plus many other minor but important players.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Danger ( Audio Book ) 26 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
Excellent as a book - even better as an audio book, particularly with the superlative Phillip Franks presenting it. He brings the story to life.
Well worth its five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars allingham 17 Jun 2014
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I love all of her books but getting hold of them can be difficult. This one didn't disappoint. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun and energy 10 April 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Averna, a tiny, oil-rich country on the Adriatic, becomes a seaport vital to British interests, and aristocratic sleuth Albert Campion is called in to prove that Averna has English owners. The country has long been said to be rightfully ruled by an aristocratic family, but the family is believed to have died out. Averna is a rich prize and others are looking for ways to gain power there. The hired thugs of a greedy financier are also on the trail of the Fitton family, because they are said to hold the key to the truth. Campion, and the two friends who have sworn to help him, must defend the Fitton family as well as searching for the relevant evidence. The requisite proof of lineage involves an ancient riddle, a long-lost bell, a drum, a priceless crown, and a ruby necklace.
Margery Allingham was one of the 'big four' women writers of the Golden Age of detective novels; the others were Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and, of course, Agatha Christie. Allingham was a very talented writer indeed and wrote her books about Albert Campion in triplets. She would set herself an objective and try to achieve it in her next three books. This early Campion novel (number 5, written in 1933) is light-hearted and humorous, meant to illustrate the more frivolous side of Campion's nature, and also to give him the chance to fall in love. I've read some poor reviews of this book, but personally I love the fun of it. Some of the later books are more powerful and perhaps more tightly plotted, and, all-in-all, Allingham proves herself very versatile.
Allingham was very good at inventing character and her books are peopled by varied and interesting ones. Campion is intriguing - he appeared as a minor character in her first book, 'The Crime at Black Dudley' but became the central character in her books.
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An easy summer read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Anyone wanting to add a good read to their collection will enjoy this book, I keep it and read over again.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder of Past Achievement in Crime Fiction.
What can I add to all the accolades given to Margery Allingham? Fascinating plots, attractive characters, excellent use of the English language. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading and great service
I am a great Margery Allingham fan and this recording of Sweet Danger does justice to the book.
Philip Franks reading is very true to the tone of the story and although it is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Judith Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Campion
Superb Campion novel,really excellent.essential if you are to understand how he is involved with Lady Amanda in later novels.Thoroughly enjoyable.
Published 13 months ago by Susan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Campion at his best
slowly collecting the complete works, better than listening to the radio. need more storage boxes to keep in the car
Published 13 months ago by Caroline Cadlock
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best detective stories
The author brings a period to life with a collection of characters who are beautifully portrayed and the plot keeps the reader spellbound
Published 15 months ago by P E Vickery
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Danger.
It's O.K. but is a bit of a strange story. I am reading it, but I would like to get some of the more younger Campion stories.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. D. B. Capitanchik
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
Published 16 months ago by CatieLee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Campion novel
A good story line, if you enjoy older type detective novels you're enjoy this abridged version, A lot of story in only a few hours read.
Published 18 months ago by Peter Joiner
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