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The Beckoning Lady (Campion Mystery)

The Beckoning Lady (Campion Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Margery Allingham
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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

Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered (P.D. James)

Book Description

Sunshine, parties and a murder; a typical summer for Campion -- classic British crime writing at its best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099506084
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4D73J8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 11 May 2007
This is Allingham at her best. The characters that she has developed through her books are relaxed and well drawn, and it is good to see Campion and Amanda back in the place they first met. The story is intriguing and the secondary characters are beautifully quirky.

Allingham never contented herself with straight and dull crime books like some of her contemporaries whose style never developed. Instead she approached the crime story from many directions during her career. Some were whodunnits, some were psychological thrillers, others were acute observations of both rural and urban life. What is more she is a highly literate writer whose novels transcend the genre.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Allingham's "Light" best 27 Mar 1999
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Margery Allingham's books featuring Albert Campion range from early adventure novels to serious social issues. This one is witty and light with family and friends prominently on display. The late "Uncle William" is from Police at the Funeral, the town of Pontisbright has been one of her major settings, and the characters of Tonker and Minnie Cassands are so well described that I think of them as friends of mine. All in all a delightful book with a Midsummer Night's Eve feel to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beckoning Lady 28 April 2013
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Albert Campion is spending time in Suffolk with his wife Amanda and small son Rupert along with Scotland Yard Detective Charlie Luke who is convalescing from an injury acquired in the course of duty. Near neighbours - Minnie and Tonker - are holding a huge and sprawling party to which everyone is invited. But the day before the party a body is discovered and it seems many people may have had a reason to wish the victim out of the way.

This is a fascinating and amusing story of life in the nineteen-fifties set in idyllic countryside with a nice range of eccentric and mysterious characters. I found it an entertaining and enjoyable read which kept me guessing right up until almost the last page. The plot is complex and the background interesting. It was good to see more of Lady Amanda as well and to see how the relationship between her and Campion is developing.

If you enjoy crime novels set in in a gentler age which involve the reader in solving complex puzzles then try Margery Allingham. The Campion novels can be read in any order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abandon expectations! 23 July 2012
This is not really crime, mystery, or adventure - as Allingham's Campion series have been diversely labelled. Rather it is a straight novel, featuring the familiar characters, about whom some rather strange deaths have occurred. There is a heavy autobiographical element to the main characters - the Cassands family - against a backdrop of financial pressures, depression, and artistic middle-class angst. Even though there is lots of Allingham's characteristic humour here, and some clever, but brutal, satire on large corporations and their methods, I find the book quite dark - typical of the uncertainty and pessimism of late-1950s Britain when the loss of former glory had been hammered home by the Suez fiasco - and the Beatles were still at school! Still, there is a puzzle, if a rather complicated one, and I've read the book at least three times - so it can't be all that bad! For the record, people like those portrayed existed in spades in the 1950's - a sort of failed relic of the 1920s/30s and bitterly resentful of the perceived heavy-hand of the State.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New (to me) Allingham. 30 Jun 2014
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Loved it, and tried to make it spin out to make it last longer. Read all the rest, unfortunately. Great fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery 23 Jun 2014
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One of the older Campion mysteries, great story and well written, the time it was written for has to be born in mind. I am a fan of Allingham's writing and recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story 25 July 2013
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Easy listening to. Great on long car journeys or just while doing the munday things you need to drive too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected ending 23 May 2013
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A really good read! The suspense was nicely held until right at the end, and I had no idea who had done the murders or why.
Classic Campion
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable
I love Allingham, I think she is the best of the Golden Period mystery writers. I'd wanted to read this book because two of the characters were apparently based on Allingham and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by sandra llewellyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit much
I enjoyed this book. It's one of Allingham's more comfortable reads. There is a lot going on in the story as part of party preparation, and I find some of the conversations... Read more
Published 15 months ago by DaftOldBesom
4.0 out of 5 stars Another classic
Written with Allingham's usual panache, economy and style. Hugely enjoyable. Classic English crime fiction at its best. True quality doesn't date.
Published 16 months ago by John and Christine Butterworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy it, quite dull.
This was the first Margery Allingham book that I've read as I wanted to sample some of the other golden age detective writers. Overall I didn't enjoy it for various reasons. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Scorpion
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beckoning Lady
I did not like this story as much as the earlier Campion stories. I found the story muddled and the characters either tedious or unsympathetic. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by Ros Young
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beckoning Lady
Strangely although an Allingham enthusiast in my youth I never came accross this book. Rather more complicated than most Campion tales but as usual a delight to read.
Published on 17 Feb 2009 by Mrs. E. K. M. Jackson
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