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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492788
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Agatha Christie called her ‘a shining light’. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is set in wartime London and has an intriguing mystery involving murders, vintage wine and missing antiques that Campion has to solve before he catches a train home on leave. The identity of the culprit came as a surprise to this reviewer, at least. There is a strange collection of characters including Campion's uncle, the Bishop of Devizes (curiously, for he is stated in earlier books to have died before the war). For Allingham fans, Lugg as an ARP warden (and part-time pig-keeper)is a treat.
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this is a great tale in the best tradition lots of intrigue but i didnt realise i already had this book under the title of coroners pidgeon in the original penguin series so do make sure
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I don't really understand the confusion some reviewers seem to have with the title. This book has always been called 'Coroner's Pidgin' in the UK, and 'Pearls before Swine' in the USA.

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)
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It is easy to forget that Margery Allingham is not just a detective story writer but a very good author. Her style and description is masterly. This book is a superb period-piece, it recalls days and events which occured long before most present day readers would have been born but does it so vividly that one can almost feel oneself slipping back into that world.It is gripping and exciting, I would recommend it as a good holiday read.
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This audio book came to me as a second hand edition, as it didn't seem to be available in the new form. Margery Allingham is an underrated author , and this book particularly is not well known, It is beautifully read by Philip Franks, and is sufficiently complicated to bear being read over again. As usual Albert Campion is the central, unusual character who deserves as much recognition as Lord Peter Whimsy
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A detective story set at the end of World War II. this book is memorable for its evocation of a ravaged wartime England. Spoilt slightly by the repetition of descriptions that Allingham obviously enjoyed, it's still a jolly spiffing ripping yarn
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Interesting picture of life at the end of WW2, mixed in with the suspense of a well-written detective story. Wonderful and unexpected ending. Highly recommended for people who like traditional whodunnits!
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One of the best things about Margery Allingham's Campion series is that pretty much uniquely we follow his life from bright young thing in the 1920s to older and wiser in the 60s. In this book, set and written around 1944/5 he is on leave in a battered London and war weary.

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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