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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance band days, 5 Dec. 2008
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This is possibly my favourite Allingham novel. It gets closer to realism than many of her plots, partly due to a cast of characters whose lives are believably extraordinary without further ornament. It's a theatre novel, with a bit of London and a bit of quirky country-house mystery. The characters are involving enough to maintain genuine suspense right up to the final pages. And the whole thing is a kind of elegy for the short period of mad bad high life for the few between the world wars - Oh those dance band days!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why don't we put on a Show?, 27 Sept. 2010
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Murder or accident? The brittle world of a Thirties song and dance star is under threat from more than one source, and with it a great many livelihoods. This novel is about making a killing, in more ways than one. Egos and reputations and salaries are at stake, and there are no heroes except Magersfontein Lugg, Nannie and maid of all work, who has hardly anything to do with the detection but provides a solid oak to cling to when the rest of the forest is full of wolves... This novel, first published in 1937, is very much of its period but very readable, with crisp, precise writing and a Campion less coolly confident than usual. Incidentally, Uncle William Faraday (Police at the Funeral), features as the surprised, successful of a West End Hit, 'The Buffer'. He hasn't changed a bit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Campion comes into his own, 14 Nov. 2012
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H. M. Holt "souloftherose" (Tring, Herts) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dancers in Mourning (Paperback)
I think, for me, Dancers in Mourning, the 10th book in Margery Allingham's series featuring Albert Campion (or the 9th if you exclude short story collections), is going to mark the point at which I really fell in love with this series and with Albert Campion.

Campion is asked by an old friend (a returning character from Police at the Funeral (Campion Mystery)) to investigate some unusual threats that Jimmy Sutane, the star of a West End musical, has received. At first these threats appear to result from no more than the sort of petty jealousies you find in the theatre but things take a more serious turn when one of Sutane's house guests dies whilst Campion is visiting.

For once though, the crime and its solution aren't the real focus of Allingham's novel. When Campion first arrives at Jimmy Sutane's house he is completely blown away by Sutane's wife. She isn't the typical wife you might expect a star to have and she and Campion seem to connect quite deeply. The idea that these feelings might be acted on is never raised but when the evidence of Campion's investigation starts to point in one direction, he is aghast at the thought of what this might do to Sutane's wife and almost entirely abandons the whole investigation and returns to London. It's only when an event more tragic than anything Allingham has previously written occurs that Campion very reluctantly comes to terms with his responsibilities and returns to Sutane's house.

I can understand that some may find this book less satisfying than some of Allingham's other mysteries as it feels like the crime and its solution really take a back seat to Campion's dilemma. But I felt like Allingham had used this to show readers the real Campion for perhaps the first time in the series; I felt that there was a real emotional depth to Campion in this book and I liked that a lot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different!, 4 April 2011
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M. Smith (Sheffield, England) - See all my reviews
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Margery Allingham demonstrates her ability to write about a whole variety of subjects, complete with characters she brings to life and plots which will have you puzzling on to the end of the book. Plus it is told with her wonderful command of the English language. Matthew Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing author who spins wonderful tales!, 5 Dec. 2011
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Joanna (Gingins, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Having previously read pretty much the entire Agatha Christie collection, I then listened to most of it too in a bid to drift off to sleep more easily. As I knew what happened, it didn't matter if I missed a bit! Once I'd finished Mrs Christie's work, I'd been a bit stumped as to what to listen to next. I shouldn't have worried as Margery Allingham's novels, read a few years ago, are providing the ideal solution.
Beautifully read in a variety of accents by Philip Franks, 'Dancers in Mourning' has amused and intrigued me. The recording quality is good and the plot has just the right degree of complexity. Campion, the sleuth, reveals parts of his personality in this story; he becomes irritated by a lovestruck youth, makes insightful discoveries about the death of a victim and falls in love.
A great story read in an entertaining way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Dancers in Mourning (Classic Crime) (Paperback)
A good read if you enjoy a ' period' read from the late 20's early 50's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Mar. 2015
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Very good
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