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The Estate of the Beckoning Lady (edition 1975)

by Margery Allingham

Series: Albert Campion (15)

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Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion and deduction with all his imagination and skill.
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Title:The Estate of the Beckoning Lady
Authors:Margery Allingham
Info:Manor Books, Inc. (1975), Mass Market Paperback
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The Beckoning Lady by Margery Allingham

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The only clunker of Allingham’s I’ve read

I love the Campion mysteries and have re-read them from time to time over the years. I wondered why I hadn’t bothered with this one and now I know why. It’s mannered, cluttered, confused, and dated beyond belief. Not recommended. ( )
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Sadly, this book has aged badly. There are so many expressions and references that are no longer used, it's like entering a time capsule without a translator on board. Trying to get past the midway point, but too many livelier books beckon. For the record, I enjoyed Tiger in the Smoke and The Fashion in Shrouds more. ( )
1 vote A.Gables | Oct 24, 2018 |
My memory of this is vaguely positive but it is a long time since I read it. s I recall it is set in the English countryside. ( )
  antiquary | Jul 20, 2014 |
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'It is very unlucky to interfere with a marriage of long standing. If the man doesn't kill you, you'll certainly get an earful from the woman.'
Chief Superintendent Stanislaus Oates in a Lecture to Young Constables
'But who,' said Florizel at last, 'who is this lady who is for ever beckoning?'
'That,' replied he, 'is beyond my knowledge. Some aver that she is Love, or Dame Fortune. Some, honour in the field. Some, the Muse herself. And the old have an unpleasant idea that she is Death. But all I can tell you about her for certain is that her eyes are laughing, and that she is without mercy.'
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This Book is Affectionately Inscribed to my Old Friends and their Merry Wives
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It was no time for dying.
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Albert Campion, his wife and son are visiting a country home of artists' friends for a big party planned for mid-summer's eve. An elderly man died at their home; then a body is found under a bridge. Party plans continue, but a third body, a woman, floats by. Campion discovers how all the deaths are related.
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