Coroner's Pidgin Paperback – 7 Sep 2006
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"Margery Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world" (Tatler)
"The real queen of crime" (Guardian)
"Margery Allingham has precious few peers and no superiors" (Sunday Times)
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It is unusual in that it is the only wartime novel I have read that takes place after it had become obvious that the war in Europe is won, but some time before Hitler committed suicide. Probably most authors thought this a rather dull period! Not so Allingham who presents an excellent and gripping mystery about a Nazi plot, initiated before war broke out, to ensure that valuable art works were safely out of bombing zones so that they could be carried off to the Fatherland after the invasion of Britain. The British organiser of the necessary thefts and murders remains a mystery almost to the end of the novel.
In customary Allingham style, the ethos of London in the period is brilliantly portrayed and Lugg has a couple of wonderful, if unlikely, cameos. Once as the accomplice of a titled lady who is attempting to hide a body, and even more exotic, as Lugg the warden, keeping a pig in one of London's most fashionable squares. There is the usual crop of nutty characters, probably the best of which is Miss Pork, an upper middle-class rural lady with a secret she doesn't know she has. (Allingham has a subtle flair for names that rivals Dickens at times)
The Campion books also have an impressive range of plots from straight crime to treasure hunt. This book is the purest kind of mystery in that for over half the book the reader doesn't know what's going on as odd events accumulate - both brilliant and ahead of its time.
What we have here is also an interesting examination of the class system in a state of change. An aristocratic central character is considered by some to be above investigation - but should he be?
All told, a classic of the genre.
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Good book if you like good old fashion crime stories, very happy to find this one as I had never heard about it before.Published 14 months ago by Mrs. T. H. Deadman
A good read if you enjoy a ' period' read from the late 20's early 50's.Published 21 months ago by Chauffeur