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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...
Published on 15 Feb. 2002

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Campion mystery, 12 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Coroner's Pidgin (Paperback)
In this latest installment of the adventures of Mr. Albert Campion, we find our hero as he is returning from three years of work for the British crown. His plan is to arrive in London, take a hot bath at his Bottle Street flat and catch a train home to the lovely Amanda. While soaking in the tub, however, he is interrupted by voices in his flat; he goes out to check and there is the faithful Lugg and a couple of other people hauling in the body of a dead woman. Needless to say Campion misses his train, and the police investigation leads him into the world of stolen art.

Not as up to par as some of the previous books of the series, but still a very decent read and Campion fans will enjoy it. If you're planning to try this series, do start with book #1 or you will definitely be lost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As wonderful as ever., 13 April 2014
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Aletheuon (Wales UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Coroner's Pidgin (Kindle Edition)
I just love the novels of Margery Allingham - her wit and characterisations are wonderful and her plots ingenious and engaging. The interest just never flags. The sense of period that she evokes is also wonderful; Albert Campion belonged to the flowering of a particular English culture that suffered a death blow with the Second World war. It was the culture of the upper classes, refined, high-minded and with its own disciplines and snobberies, and Allingham describes it and its characters so very well!
Coroner's Pidgin was published in 1945; in America, it was called -Pearls Before Swine'. It is the twelfth book in the Albert Campion series. Albert has returned to London after three years abroad on a secret mission. He is eager to return home to his family but stops off at his flat and is relaxing in the bath, starkers (obviously), when his manservant Lugg and an aristocratic lady carry the body of a dead woman into his flat. Understandably, he is a bit taken aback and is not keen on getting involved, but find himself forced to do so. The mystery turns out to involve not only the murder of this woman but also stolen art and fine wines. Campion shows himself to have quite a nose for these finer things in life, as befits one of his aristocratic background.
Marjorie Allingham creates a very good thriller with a war-time background and atmosphere, showing how the war changed life forever. Things will never be the same for anyone, especially the privileged and upper-crust. Certain things will never be as important again and society is becoming more egalitarian. More directly, the story involves a Nazi plot.
Allingham is a really good writer. Her prose is witty, incisive, atmospheric and often rather beautiful and her books very well-plotted. Unlike Dorothy L Sayers, with Lord Peter Wimsey, and Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Allen, her characters are allowed to age and mature more realistically.
There are a lot of characters in this book and most of them appear in the very early pages, so that it is difficult to keep track of who is who and their cryptic conversations are rather mystifying. However, all the clues are laid out for us and we have only to pick them up and sort them out. I didn't manage it and found the solution to the mystery quite unexpected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pearls before swine, 9 Feb. 2010
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A good example of a Campion mystery stories. Not only does it give suspense but also an interesting historical outlook on the period.
There is a good twist at the end of the book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing Info, 11 Oct. 2010
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Item returned as not clear from website that this is US title of Corners Pidgin - other buyers beware!

CP is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Oct. 2014
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A good read if you enjoy a ' period' read from the late 20's early 50's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 31 July 2014
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Far to dated to be believable nowadays
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Nov. 2014
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OK a bit long winded
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sept. 2014
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Very good.
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