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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric thriller: dark streets, old museum, and more...
Her grasp of the minutiae of peoples' habits and her descriptive powers of buildings, streets and even rainy nights makes any Margery Allingham book a good read. This is no exception with a stunning opening description of the events leading up to a murder off an alley on a rainy night in London. The story jumps on into the wonderful world of Detective Inspector Charlie...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hide My Eyes
Disappointingly Campion only makes brief appearances in this adventure. A standard perfect murder plot. The two romantic leads were dull. The best thing about this are Gerry and Mrs Tassie. Their relationship was credible, touching and chilling in the last few chapters. Worth a read.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric thriller: dark streets, old museum, and more..., 26 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Tether's End (Paperback)
Her grasp of the minutiae of peoples' habits and her descriptive powers of buildings, streets and even rainy nights makes any Margery Allingham book a good read. This is no exception with a stunning opening description of the events leading up to a murder off an alley on a rainy night in London. The story jumps on into the wonderful world of Detective Inspector Charlie Luke with a bee in his bonnet about unsolved murders, which he shares with Albert Campion, the unassuming "star" of most of Allingham's books. This line of enquiry cuts across the story of a girl up from the country to stay with a recently widowed relative, who happens to own a museum of the unusual and strange as part of her property. Given the young lady's young admirer and an unscrupulous but charming villain on whom the widow dotes: the three strands begin to intertwine and lead into horrific conclusion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant atmospheric London thriller, 26 July 2012
This review is from: Hide My Eyes (Paperback)
There's not a lot of humour in this, nor a lot of Campion for that matter. On the other hand, it is one of the best depictions of utter evil that you could read, augmented by Allingham's brilliant use of atmosphere to draw you into the reality of her world. An unscrupulous killer is on the loose, with a chilling disregard for human life as he implements his criminal plans. After three years, Charlie Luke is half on to him - to the extent that his superiors think he is obsessive. Can he, with Campion's aid, catch the killer before there is more slaughter?

The lack of Campion is easily explained. Our hero is now in his fifties, and, well, one slows down a little! In fact, this book is very much in the style of one of the better modern television police dramas, featuring Charlie Luke rather than, say, Morse. Given her more or less permanent struggle with money, it's a shame Allingham pre-dated her natural genre by some 30 years. Luke would have made a very successful, and lucrative, TV detective. Will you enjoy this? Almost certainly, but, as one reviewer suggests, you will probably get more out of it on a second reading. That, to me, is the essence of Allingham - the writing is so good that subsequent readings will always enrich the initial experience. This is a fine novel, much darker than most of Allingham's previous offerings and the killer makes Havoc in "The Tiger in the Smoke" seem like a misunderstood delinquent!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Campion mystery set in London's West End, 2 Dec 2001
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I really enjoy reading this mystery by Margery Allingham, but then I find her novel writing consistantly excellent. This novel is set in London, mainly around the Paddington area. I find that this book interesting because you know who the murderer is fairly early on, so the suspense grows as you are unsure if any of the main characters will be the next victim. I particularly enjoy Allingham's London novels, they always seem a little darker than her country-side romps. This novel contains new characters as well as the familiar Albert Campion and Inspector Charlie Luke. I think this novel improves on each reading and it is a must for anyone who loves crime fiction as I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best, 30 May 2014
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This is one of the most intriguing of detective stories. We know 'who' almost from the beginning, but the story is of how he is caught, and how a once flawless criminal is out-smarted by a series of unforeseen incidents and chance meetings. Margery Allingham beautifully and atmospherically conjures up the characters, sights, sounds and smells of fifties London. Read it once for the excitement of the chase, and the second time to discover all the detail that you may have missed on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 10 Aug 2013
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I love Albert Campion books and this is the only one I didn't have. It didn't disappoint - Margery Allingham never disappoints. Intriguing story - couldn't stop til I'd finished it and it's now joined my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down., 19 Sep 2013
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It was one of those books that you just can't put down. A brilliant story, you had to keep on reading. it kept you engaged through out. I would recommend it ten out of ten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Campion at his best, 22 Mar 2014
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Another great story from Margery Allingham. I have all these stories on CD and listen to them over and over again. I never get bored of listening to Philip Franks reading.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Allingham's best novels, 10 Aug 2006
This book seethes with menace from the opening chapter. The feeling of evil is heightened by the introduction of innocence and vulnerability in the form of young Annabelle.

Allingham does write good atmospheric novels about the seedier side of London life, for example 'Tiger in the Smoke'. You can almost smell the city around you - and the hairs on your neck will tingle as you read further on!

A book you will remember long after you have finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Allingham novel with a credible villain and some interesting ..., 22 Aug 2014
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A great Allingham novel with a credible villain and some interesting clues along the way. I'm always fascinated by her knowledge of cars - this time the bad guy drives a Lagonda. Mr Campion plays his usual role.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hide My Eyes, 29 Aug 2006
Disappointingly Campion only makes brief appearances in this adventure. A standard perfect murder plot. The two romantic leads were dull. The best thing about this are Gerry and Mrs Tassie. Their relationship was credible, touching and chilling in the last few chapters. Worth a read.
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