The Case Of The Late Pig (Albert Campion) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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* 'Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever (Sara Paretsky)
Albert Campion investigates the death of a former school-fellow several months after attending his funeralSee all Product description
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Most of them are told from someone else's viewpoint, but _Pig_, while a great mystery story, is told first-person by Campion himself.
There is a reason Dr. Watson characters tell stories about great detectives. The detective is half-prestidigiator (cf. the great detectives of John Dickson Carr). When clues come the detective's way they make the case clearer to him, but when they are presented to the reader through Dr. Watson characters, they tend to mystify the reader further. It is considered "fair play" to present the reader with all the clues as they become available, although it's fair for the author to misconstrue what they may mean via the interpretation of the detective's less astute assistants.
Since Campion is telling the story himself, he has to mystify the reader by not fully describing clues or neglecting to explain to the reader how these clues fit into his overall reasoning. This sometimes makes it seem like Campion is playing a trick on the reader. The story would have been done much better through the eyes of another character.
Nevertheless, the (very short, perhaps too short) novella is solid and a lot of fun, with intriguing characters like Hayhoe, Gilbert Whippet, the officious Reverend Bathwick, and R. I. ("Pig") Peters, who simply refuses to remain dead.
Months later, Campion is called to help in a murder investigation. The victim had been sleeping in a chaise lounge outside of a country club, when apparently someone had had the bad taste of pushing an urn from the roof directly on top of him. When Campion sees the body, he discovers it’s his old school friend Pig, the same man buried months before.
Mistaken identity? Or something else. Because this is an Albert Campion mystery by Margery Allingham (1904-1966), we know it’s going to be something else.
Originally published in 1937, Allingham’s “The Case of the Late Pig” actually requires Campion to solve two mysteries which may or may not be related. First, who pushed the urn on top of poor old Pig? And second, who was buried in Pig’s name months before? What looks like a clear-cut answer to the first mystery turns out to be complicated by the second, and Campion will soon discover his own mistake in the investigation.
And while the story includes the familiar character of Campion’s manservant, chauffeur, occasional bodyguard, and general factotum, Magersfontein Lugg, what is different than many of the other Campion mysteries is the Campion himself tells the story in a first-person narrative (the other mysteries noted below are third-person narratives). It’s an interesting twist for Allingham; and we learn things about Campion and how he thinks directly from the character himself.
A second murder occurs, and the killer may not stop there; Campion may soon found himself in personal jeopardy.
Campion starred in 18 of Allingham’s mystery novels and 20 of her short stories. He was one of famous and popular fictional detectives who emerged in the Golden Age of Mystery (1920s-1940s).
“The Case of the Late Pig” is a classic Allingham story. It includes an intriguing premise, difficult puzzles, a strong sense of scenery and setting, and a dash or romance or its possibility. It’s a well-written, well-plotted mystery.
Perhaps for me the edge was taken off this tale as I had recently caught an episode of 'Campion' on the Drama TV channel,with a young Peter Davison in the title roll (Excellent by the way) ,Though the books are far more detailed and the mystery of the murder of his old school bully ,(whose funeral he had attended months before) unfolds gradually,it did mean I knew the culprits identity ,However the writing is such a pleasure to read that I still found the book to be very enjoyable,
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