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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Crime; Reprint edition (1963)
  • ASIN: B001SIK83C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
A classic thriller set in the 1920s. Margery Allinghams fast paced country house mystery keep you guessing whodunnit until the last chapter. A weekend party turns into a murder hunt with criminal masterminds thrown in for good measure. A must read for anyone who is fed up with the sex and sleaze of modern thrillers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Holt on 5 Jun. 2012
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This is the first of Allingham's wonderful Campion series. They are not really whodunnits a la Christie, but more adventure stories, even though many of them have a twist at the end - as does this one. Allingham's great gifts are a Dickensian ability with characterisation and scene-setting; evident, but not yet mature, in this early work. She also understands how to use dialogue to move the plot along, to develop character, and to build tension. Moreover, Allingham's dialogue is believable conversation, making allowances for when the books were written and the idiosyncracies of Campion!

A house party at an ancient mansion develops a macabre twist when the uncle of the host is murdered, and the older guests turn out to be a horribly stereotypical German criminal mastermind and his henchmen, out to retrieve a priceless missing document. The novel pursues a series of exciting adventures as the younger guests attempt to escape, including rambles through secret passages and the like. There are two very notable characters, Mrs Meade - a yokel with religious mania who locks herself in a room for days waiting for the bad guys to meet their fate at the hands of her belligerent son, and Albert Campion - originally introduced to add a touch of whacky humour but he imposes himself on the plot to such an extent that Allingham's American publishers virtually insisted that he should feature in future novels. Amen to that! The actual main character of this novel, Abbershaw - a freelance pathologist, was intended to be the hero in subsequent works, but he is dull, dull, dull!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By snowqueen01 on 12 Aug. 2009
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The first Campion novel, but he doesn't really appear at the centre of the book, just as one of the cast. The plot is good, if a little sensationalist, and overall, the characters are quite well thought out. Campion himself is really rather irritating here though - lots of discussion of his falsetto voice and annoying mannerisms - he gets better in the later books when the author spends more time on him. A reasonable example of the genre.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter A. Holman on 20 Jan. 2011
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I really enjoyed this audio book. It seemed to follow the format of a country house murder but there are some really good twists that take it above the normal offerings.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
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This is allingham at her best. A truly excellent adventure that hold's the readers attention right from page one. It is a tough , no hold's barred story, that come's also with a message of hope for all who have been in desperate situations. A must read.
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An enjoyable read, plot lines easy to follow, no blood and guts as you would expect from a novel based in this time zone. bridged version so perhaps less actual detective work than the full version.
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These are a great series of books and are wonderfully read. They are abridged but I know these books really well and I couldn't see the join!
Delivered very promptly and well packaged.
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