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Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham

Police at the Funeral (original 1931; edition 1949)

by Margery Allingham

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Title:Police at the Funeral
Authors:Margery Allingham
Info:Viking Penguin (1949), Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:Have But Not Yet Read, Albert Campion, British Author, Male Detective, Mystery, Own, Viking Penguin, Paperback, Penguin, Wrong Cover, Fiction, British Fiction, Female Author, Male Protagonist

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Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham (1931)

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I'm slowly working my way along himself's shelf of Allingham books. This is number 4 and Campion has now matured as a character, he's more rounded and complete than he was in the first book. This book has Campion investigating a disapperance that turns into a murder, then a sequence of murders and accidents set in one house on the outskirts of Cambridge. The Family concerned is full of real characters (read really difficult, eccentric or downright obnoxious people). The matriarch rules with a rod of iron, but even she has to bring in reinforcements, in the form of Campion. He stands as a buffer between the old lady and the shocks that will come, while continuing to investigate the crimes. It all turns out to be quite a surprising solution, not centering on the disreputable nephew, but on of the inhabitants of the house and a petty case of revenge and a disordered mind. The cast of characters is an interesting one, and the solution is an intriguing one. ( )
  Helenliz | Dec 12, 2013 |
One of the things that you get with Margery Allingham's books is unusually rich characterisation, far more as though she were writing "proper" novels rather than "detective fiction", which I think has always been seen as somewhat beneath "literature". In Police at the Funeral, Allingham introduces characters which will endure for many volumes in the books, even if they were only thinly developed - due to time constraints - in the BBC television adaptations of the late 1980s. Not that I'm against them, as I adore Peter Davison's incarnation of Campion, played wonderfully against Brian Glover's Lugg. But the books are artful in a way that [a:Agatha Christie|123715|Agatha Christie|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1321738793p2/123715.jpg]'s thinner stories are not; they are more akin to the less-frequently appearing novels of [a:Dorothy L. Sayers|8734|Dorothy L. Sayers|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1206564934p2/8734.jpg], or of [a:Ngaio Marsh|68144|Ngaio Marsh|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1237946649p2/68144.jpg]. This is an unconventional detective story, one which requires your patience and attention, but will be entirely rewarding to read. Four and a half stars. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | Aug 1, 2013 |
Campion is called in by an old friend to investigate the disappearance of his fiancée's uncle, Andrew Seeley. Until his disappearance Seeley lived in a house ruled, and run on strict Victorian rules, by Caroline Faraday and inhabited by Great Aunt Caroline's children and impecunious relatives. But evil lurks in the house and soon there are a couple of murders, which Campion, in his unorthodox manner, sets out to solve while simultaneously protecting Joyce, his friend Marcus's fiancée.

Although some might feel that the book is dated, it is marvellously evocative both of the attitudes and mores of the period, but also of the kind of claustrophobic and closed environment in which evil flourishes.

Wonderful. ( )
  riverwillow | Jan 29, 2013 |
A much better story lies beneath the surface of the book I just read. The flaw is that Allingham needed to bring Campion onto the scene--which distracts from a rather chilling and compelling story of the ways in which the "staid" constrictions of Edwardian life could result in an entire generation of profoundly psychologically damaged people. The book is, of course, shot through with classism and racism that makes it difficult to stomach and suffers from not being willing to let the core story stand on its own. Remove Cousin George from the story and a tighter and more chilling (and less racist) tale would remain. ( )
  mmyoung | Jan 14, 2013 |
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When one man is following another, however discreet may be the pursuer or the pursued, the act does not often pass unnoticed in the streets of London.
"This person was shipped off to the colonies many years ago. He returned with ... a wife. They had a child ... by some horrible machination of heredity the stain in the woman's blood had come out. ... The child was a blackamoor. ... George bears our name and he is always threatenng to reveal his half-caste blood ... --a touch of the tarbrush! It is unthinkable!" ... Mr Campion understood what it was that she considered worse than murder. ... He felt very honoured by her confidence.
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Great Aunt Caroline rules the roost in an old Cambridge residence which is riddled with mystery, evil...and terror

Uncle Andrew is dead, Aunt Julia is poisoned, Uncle WIlliam attacked...and once again Albert Campion, that much-loved hero of detective fiction, comes to the rescue. With her customary skill, Margery Allingham takes the reader through a delightful maze of intrigue as Albert Campion, bland, blue-eyed and deceptively vague, encounters the formidable Great Aunt Caroline and her bizarre household of horror.
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