The Beckoning Lady Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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"Don't start reading these books unless you are confident that you can handle addiction" (Independent)
"The real queen of crime" (Guardian)
"Margery Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world" (Tatler)
"Spending an evening with Campion is one of life's pure pleasures" (Saturday Review)
"Miss Allingham's strength lies in the power of her characterization" (New York Times)
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Allingham never contented herself with straight and dull crime books like some of her contemporaries whose style never developed. Instead she approached the crime story from many directions during her career. Some were whodunnits, some were psychological thrillers, others were acute observations of both rural and urban life. What is more she is a highly literate writer whose novels transcend the genre.
This is a fascinating and amusing story of life in the nineteen-fifties set in idyllic countryside with a nice range of eccentric and mysterious characters. I found it an entertaining and enjoyable read which kept me guessing right up until almost the last page. The plot is complex and the background interesting. It was good to see more of Lady Amanda as well and to see how the relationship between her and Campion is developing.
If you enjoy crime novels set in in a gentler age which involve the reader in solving complex puzzles then try Margery Allingham. The Campion novels can be read in any order.
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