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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
This book is set in wartime London and has an intriguing mystery involving murders, vintage wine and missing antiques that Campion has to solve before he catches a train home on leave. The identity of the culprit came as a surprise to this reviewer, at least. There is a strange collection of characters including Campion's uncle, the Bishop of Devizes (curiously, for he is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but engaging
A detective story set at the end of World War II. this book is memorable for its evocation of a ravaged wartime England. Spoilt slightly by the repetition of descriptions that Allingham obviously enjoyed, it's still a jolly spiffing ripping yarn
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, 15 Feb 2002
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This book is set in wartime London and has an intriguing mystery involving murders, vintage wine and missing antiques that Campion has to solve before he catches a train home on leave. The identity of the culprit came as a surprise to this reviewer, at least. There is a strange collection of characters including Campion's uncle, the Bishop of Devizes (curiously, for he is stated in earlier books to have died before the war). For Allingham fans, Lugg as an ARP warden (and part-time pig-keeper)is a treat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars check titles, 5 Nov 2010
this is a great tale in the best tradition lots of intrigue but i didnt realise i already had this book under the title of coroners pidgeon in the original penguin series so do make sure
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 16 Aug 2010
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It is easy to forget that Margery Allingham is not just a detective story writer but a very good author. Her style and description is masterly. This book is a superb period-piece, it recalls days and events which occured long before most present day readers would have been born but does it so vividly that one can almost feel oneself slipping back into that world.It is gripping and exciting, I would recommend it as a good holiday read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, if unusual, Campion mystery, 12 July 2012
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I don't really understand the confusion some reviewers seem to have with the title. This book has always been called 'Coroner's Pidgin' in the UK, and 'Pearls before Swine' in the USA.

It is unusual in that it is the only wartime novel I have read that takes place after it had become obvious that the war in Europe is won, but some time before Hitler committed suicide. Probably most authors thought this a rather dull period! Not so Allingham who presents an excellent and gripping mystery about a Nazi plot, initiated before war broke out, to ensure that valuable art works were safely out of bombing zones so that they could be carried off to the Fatherland after the invasion of Britain. The British organiser of the necessary thefts and murders remains a mystery almost to the end of the novel.

In customary Allingham style, the ethos of London in the period is brilliantly portrayed and Lugg has a couple of wonderful, if unlikely, cameos. Once as the accomplice of a titled lady who is attempting to hide a body, and even more exotic, as Lugg the warden, keeping a pig in one of London's most fashionable squares. There is the usual crop of nutty characters, probably the best of which is Miss Pork, an upper middle-class rural lady with a secret she doesn't know she has. (Allingham has a subtle flair for names that rivals Dickens at times)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 6 April 2014
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Anyone wanting to add an excellent read to their collection can do no worse than to buy this book. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAMPION, 22 Oct 2013
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WONDERFUL. I really enjoyed this book Campion was as clever as always possibly a little slow at solving this one .loved the end .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 14 May 2013
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Typical English detective novel, for those that like that genre
A reasonably good surprise ending
You get what you expect
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 16 April 2013
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Interesting picture of life at the end of WW2, mixed in with the suspense of a well-written detective story. Wonderful and unexpected ending. Highly recommended for people who like traditional whodunnits!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but engaging, 15 April 2013
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A detective story set at the end of World War II. this book is memorable for its evocation of a ravaged wartime England. Spoilt slightly by the repetition of descriptions that Allingham obviously enjoyed, it's still a jolly spiffing ripping yarn
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated book, 31 Jan 2013
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This audio book came to me as a second hand edition, as it didn't seem to be available in the new form. Margery Allingham is an underrated author , and this book particularly is not well known, It is beautifully read by Philip Franks, and is sufficiently complicated to bear being read over again. As usual Albert Campion is the central, unusual character who deserves as much recognition as Lord Peter Whimsy
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