Look to the Lady (Classic Crime) Paperback – 25 Jul 1991
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A sacred chalice leads to murder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was seventeen. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In many ways this is not a classic detective novel although it does contain lots of mysteries not least of which concerns the Gyrth Chalice, the proposed theft of which is the centre of the book, There are no real puzzles to be solved here as in Christie or Sayers: this is decidedly not a whodunnit.
What interests Allingham and what makes her books stand out is characterisation: she is genuinely interested in people and what makes them tick. Many of the characters are odd, if not downright weird
and seem to inhabit worlds where different rules apply.Campion’s ability to operate in these alternative worlds and to think like those who inhabit them, is his great strength.
The plot here as in other books is of secondary importance -“fantastical to the point of campness” is how one writer has described Allingham’s plots- and you certainly do not read Campion for his detection skills.
What you get in Look to the Lady is atmosphere and a sense of palpable evil, beautiful description of the countryside and its buildings. acute observation of the oddities of human nature, a feel of the different ways people use language.
These books are not for everyone.I read my first Allingham in my mid-teens and did not understand it at all. Fifty years on and each re-reading reveals more-could the same be said of Christie or Sayers?If you have not tried Allingham you are missing out on a very special and unique writer .
Thank you to the Margery Allingham Estate for giving me this copy in return for a review.
"Look to the Lady," is about the Gyrth family who were charged with holding a special Chalice for the Crown many centuries ago. Unfortunately they are about to encounter thieves which may threaten their land holdings and make off with the treasure. But in the process we have murder, witchcraft, and mystical doings.
Allingham has a wonderful character in Albert Campion, the youngest son of an Aristocrat who is charged to help the Gyrth Family. He and his Man,"Lugg" sleuth and do it beautifully. I think you will enjoy this one
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