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Look to the Lady (Albert Campion Mysteries) Paperback – 1 Dec 2006

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem; Reprint edition (Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933397578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933397573
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sacred chalice leads to murder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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One of the best early Albert Campion books. It was the first I read and because of the reference to Biddy Lobbett meant that I had to read others in order to understand Albert a bit better. Margery Allingham is rare as a crime writer, because her principle characters age and change accordingly. At this point in his life Albert is young, fun and enjoying life other than being off women due to his lack of success with Biddy. It is not a whodunnit as it is clear from fairly early on who his adversary is, and the story is how, despite limited resources and serious constraints, this person is defeated. This is a wonderful snapshot of a past England that has not really been well documented and is worth reading if only for some of that detail. The plot is so full of characters from all levels of English society and the action is such that it is amazing, but probably fortunate, that no one has tried to make a film of it. Recommended.
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By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2007
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This is the best Allingham I have ever read. It kept my attention throughout. It was incredibly exciting and the ending was nail-biting.

Anyone who has not read this book does not know what they are missing.

An absolute cracker well worth 5 stars which I reserve only for the elite.
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A lovely, lively tale from Margery Alingham featuring Albert Campion and his lugubrious butler Lugg who gets badly frightened by a medieval haunt. The villain, a worthy foe, nearly does for Albert - luckily Mrs Sarah's mob are on hand. A very pleasant read.
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Look to the Lady is probably my favourite 'Campion' story. This audiobook has been very well abridged by Tamsin Collison, and Philip Franks is an excellent reader. I have bought all the hachette audiobooks of the Margery Allingham Campion stories as I have always enjoyed reading her books. If you want a starting point for the series, then I would thoroughly recommend this one.
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One of the best things about reading Margery Allingham is that you actually have to read the book, you cannot skim read, to do so is to completely lose the sense of what is happening. The main character, Albert Campion is not the normal hero, in fact for most of the time he is very irritating, it is only Ms Allingham's asides - what he is thinking - that keep the reader on his side. The story unfolds in a way that allows the reader to keep up with what is going on and with all the characters, there is none of the grand denouement at the end where the clever detective reveals how he has solved the mystery; with this writer you are allowed to reach a conclusion at the same time as the characters. Don't be fooled by the age of the book, it's problems and the crimes described are as relevant now as they were when the book was written. The differences are in the attitudes and values of the characters, as they were 80 years ago and even then many of them are still relevant and also the delicate without being coy way in which the author introduces relationships.
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Another well-written and tightly plotted Campion story (I've only recently discovered them). There was a little uncertainty about the nature and effect of...the unnamed thing... which did not convince me, but it probably reflects the time in which it was written.
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I listened to this simply because I love the book (now on my third copy)and my Francis Mathews cassettes had begun to wear. What a disappointment the abridged version is. The depth of the characters and half the storylines are missing and it shows. I hate to think what they've missed out of the other books. No more abridged CDs for me.
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This reveiw is posted after receiving a copy of the book from the publishers in return for an honest appraisal.

A great example of a mystery of its time, this book introduces Campion who grows within the context of the story and on into the series until he takes a place along side Agetha Christies' Hercule Poirot as a favourite 'mystery' character solving crimes using their little grey cells. A very enjoyable book which if it didn't quote prices and used fewer terms from times gone by could well stand the test of time bearing in mind that it was written nearly 80 years ago. I first read this book 40 years ago and found it just as entertaining. If this is a new author to you, try it, if like me reading it again after many years, enjoy it.
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