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Mr. Campion and Others

by Margery Allingham

Series: Albert Campion (11, short stories)

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A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery? A baker's dozen of cases, each putting Albert Campion through his paces. In this miscellany of villainy, our unconventional sleuth must contend with misbehaving debutantes, sinister smuggling rings, a Dowager Countess who's not all that she seems, an SOS message daubed in lipstick, a beleaguered New York socialite, and an elderly Egyptologist indulging in some bad behaviour...… (more)
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13 short stories with Campion solving mainly society based mysteries. he fits well in his environment and there is enough variety that they don't become too similar. They do share a tendency to tell you the solution & how Campion arrived at it, rather than let you spot it yourself. but that's probably artifact of the format. He works well in this format, this was a nice change of pace. ( )
  Helenliz | Oct 23, 2023 |
Thirteen exciting stories Overlaps but does not completely correspond to The casebook of Mr. Campion Different in contents from the Heineman ed. of the same title. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
My absolute favorite if Allingham's work --like Ellery Queen and some others, she was a great short story writer but her novels tend to be gloomy. Most of these stories are delightfully light and witty. My favorite is probably "The Old Man in the Window" about a 90 year old actor who covers up his own attempted murder. ( )
  antiquary | Jul 31, 2014 |
A perfectly enjoyable set of stories featuring Albert Campion and of course his foil, Stanislaus Oates. While the formula remains constant, there is enough ingenuity in the plot twists and certainly enough entertainment in the prose that one can finish the collection and still hope for more. These are sentences worth remembering: “After all, as he said, a broken heart takes at least twenty-four hours to mend without a seam and, while he was prepared to believe that life with a young woman of Miss Lea’s uncontrolled and vituperative tongue might drive a man to suicide, he mightyet need a day or two to get used to his merciful deliverance.”
  JimPratt | May 1, 2014 |
Delightful selection of short stories featuring society detective Albert Campion. Some interesting parallels with Dorothy Sayers stories - try "The Old Man in the Window" and Sayers "Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club" and "The Definite Article" and Sayers' "The Article in Question". Don't know when these stories were originally published so don't know who was first! ( )
  Figgles | Sep 6, 2009 |
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The second prettiest girl in Mayfair was thanking Superintendent Stanislaus Oates for the recovery of her diamond bracelet and the ring with the square-cut emerald in it, and Mr. Campion, who had accompanied her to the ceremony, was admiring her technique.
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"Forgive me, but you're holding up the traffic rather seriously, you know," he ventured mildly. "There's a bus having apoplexy just behind you. And I see a traffic policeman gazing over here with unhealthy interest."
He paid for this fit of apparent lunacy a few days later when he sat beside that paralyzing old lady in the corner of a ballroom which was not so much decorated as obliterated with heavily scented flowers.
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A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery? A baker's dozen of cases, each putting Albert Campion through his paces. In this miscellany of villainy, our unconventional sleuth must contend with misbehaving debutantes, sinister smuggling rings, a Dowager Countess who's not all that she seems, an SOS message daubed in lipstick, a beleaguered New York socialite, and an elderly Egyptologist indulging in some bad behaviour...

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The first British collection of short stories includes nine of Albert Campion's adventures, most (if not all) first published in The Strand Magazine, along with five miscellaneous tales, demonstrating the variety and consistent quality of Margery Allingham's writing. The 1951 Penguin edition omits 'The Border-line Case', and replaces the miscellaneous stories with five more of Mr Campion's exploits.
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