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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Deco Detective story
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...
Published on 4 Nov 2007 by Antony F. Potter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Period crime piece with lively events and characterisation
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...
Published on 26 Oct 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Art Deco Detective story, 4 Nov 2007
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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Campion adventure!, 26 Feb 2011
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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
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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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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Period crime piece with lively events and characterisation, 26 Oct 2000
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars The Napoleon of Crime, 21 Oct 2014
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I like many of Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion novels, particularly those with a strong sense of geography, but found this one trying. Even the chief villain complains that Campion’s schoolboy humour is tiresome, though it is Campion who makes the novel, with his diffident manner and ability to look ahead. I can see why Allingham went on to develop the character over many years; this is only his second appearance (1930) and his gruff-but-true helpers, notably Lugg, are also on the way to being refined, though that doesn’t seem the right word for Lugg. Allingham is of her time in her now-embarrassing portrayals of country yokels, rough city-criminals and, in Lugg’s case, a London sidekick. Women are plucky when they are on Campion’s side. Foreigners are not to be trusted. The villain, too, is more villainous up until the point that he is identified and has to be described in person. Even Sherlock Holmes’ great adversary, Professor Moriarty, is more interesting in his absence, which also the point of T. S. Elliot’s poem:
… he’s called the Hidden Paw.
For he’s the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He’s the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad’s despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime – Macavity’s not there.

In an effort to protect an American judge who knows the identity of the master criminal, Campion hides him in the Suffolk village of Mystery Mile, and here what we could now call Allingham’s psycho-geography comes into its own: there are misty creeks, tidal salt-marshes, quick-sand, a maze, and houses which creak and another with a trap-door to the river (and the quick-sand).

If readers haven’t tried Margery Allingham’s fiction, I wouldn’t start with “Mystery Mile” but would try, one of the later ones., “The China Governess” or the last, “Cargo of Eagles”. Both are London novels. Also, as Campion is called on to engage with more dangerous antagonists than in "Mystery Mile" and to respond to war-time and post-war espionage, his enigmatic character develops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for fans of Albert Campion., 20 Aug 2014
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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 I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading others in ..., 5 Aug 2014
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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. The social mores and anachronistic dialogue is a bit difficult to take, more so that, say, Dorothy L. Sayers and Campion himself does not come over as a dashing hero, however, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading others in this series.
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