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Sweet Danger[Reading] ➶ Sweet Danger ➽ Margery Allingham – Varanus.us Way back during the crusades Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan principality of Averna but since then the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe sudde Way back during the crusades Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan principality of Averna but since then the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe suddenly render it extremely strategically important to the British Government They hire unconventional detective Albert Campion to recover the long missing proofs of ownership the deeds, a crown, and a receipt which are apparently hidden in the village of Pontisbright On arriving in Pontisbright, Campion and his friends meet the eccentric, young, flame haired Amanda Fitton and her family who claim to be the rightful heirs to Averna and join in the hunt Mr Campion and his two young friends, Eager Wright and Farquharson, posted as the Hereditary Paladin of Averna and his entourage Unfortunately, criminal financier Brett Savanake is also interested in finding the evidence of the oil rich state s ownership for his own ends Things get rather rough in the village as Savanake s heavies up the pressure on Campion to solve the mystery before they do In the course of the hunt, Campion dresses in drag, takes refuge in a tree, is nearly drowned in a mill race, and his friends find themselves bound and gagged in sacks, shot at, and witnesses to a satanic ceremony led by the local doctor The rural calm of Pontisbright is well and truly shattered.

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    Have Kindle books the village as Savanake s heavies up the pressure on Campion to solve the mystery before they do In the course of the hunt, Campion dresses in drag, takes refuge in a tree, is nearly drowned in a mill race, and his friends find themselves bound and gagged in sacks, shot at, and witnesses to a satanic ceremony led by the local doctor The rural calm of Pontisbright is well and truly shattered."/>
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    Ms Allingham, you can t just slap some Ruritanian Romance into your mystery It does not work, just like the Holy Grail stand in, tower of mystery trappings in Look to the Lady didn t work And while I m being blunt, the gritty crime action You re not so hot at that, either Stick to the standard parlor mystery with clues n stuff you do that so much better There s not much mystery in this mystery the good guys representing the British government race to get the Ruritarian McGuffins be Ms Allingham, you can t just slap some Ruritanian Romance into your mystery It does not work, just like the Holy Grail stand in, tower of mystery trappings in Look to the Lady didn t work And while I m being blunt, the gritty crime action You re not so hot at that, either Stick to the standard parlor mystery with clues n stuff you do that so much better There s not much mystery in this mystery the good guys representing the British government race to get the Ruritarian McGuffins before the the bad guys There are a couple of cute barely legal lasses and some fist fights.The brightest note in this installment was the introduction of Amanda Fitton, one of the few Allingham characters I find pretty consistently likable It is slightly interesting, if it s not a coincidence, that the two novels with the most Romantic trappings are the two that also have the only vestiges for romance For Campion, I mean most of her books have the standard innocent you love interests of mysteries of this period I found the hint of interest but we re not acting on it hereconvincing than the asserted romantic disappointment in Look to the Lady, because in that case he d known the woman in question for years and had been ignoring her obvious attraction to him he didn t display any interest in her until she fell for someone else I feel like Allingham just put that in the book to make it clear that Campion isn t gay or completely asexual.Also, there was a scene that pissed me off view spoiler where Amanda s brother Hal physically manhandles her, twisting her arms and dragging her to lock her in a shed Not for any practical reason, even, just because he s angry at her and wants to punish her hide spoiler Totally superfluous to the plot A lot of the book felt kind of haphazard Reasonably entertaining, but not terribly successful I d recommend itto series completists than mystery lovers


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    This is the fifth Albert Campion novel, written in 1933 I have, slowly, been reading two of the Golden Age Queens of Crime, this year Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh I have already read probably everything Agatha Christie has ever written, and certainly all of Dorothy L Sayers Without doubt, both Christie and Sayers remain my favourites However, I was keen to read the two other giants and am, so far, really loving Ngaio Marsh, while Allingham isdifficult for me to define.Without This is the fifth Albert Campion novel, written in 1933 I have, slowly, been reading two of the Golden Age Queens of Crime, this year Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh I have already read probably everything Agatha Christie has ever written, and certainly all of Dorothy L Sayers Without doubt, both Christie and Sayers remain my favourites However, I was keen to read the two other giants and am, so far, really loving Ngaio Marsh, while Allingham isdifficult for me to define.Without doubt, Albert Campion is a great character Allegedly first imagined as a parody of Lord Peter Wimsey, he gained his own personality even if hidden behind a vacuous persona, which does not hide his intelligence In this book he meets Lady Amanda Fitton, who becomes his fictional wife and so I was looking forward to this.The issue is that, although some of the Campion novels are mysteries, others are adventures This is one of those, complete with an investigation into the missing title of Averna, an oil rich principality on the Adriatic This involves Campion, and some acquaintances, veering around Europe and then travelling to the village of Pontisbright, in Suffolk, to meet the Fitton family People climb out of windows, there is a crazy doctor, a crown is bizarrely disguised as a necklace, and, at one point, Campion enters a wardrobe and is so obviously switched with someone else, that you cannot conceive the other character did not notice This is a somewhat infuriating novel, full of bizarre characters Although I was aware that Amanda would later become an important character in the series, I can t say that I warmed to her in any way and I finished this particular volume with a sense of relief When Allingham wrote a mystery, she did it well, but I am still not convinced that Campion is for me


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    This is outright adventure, with discredited heirs, regal impersonations, postage stamp kingdoms, international implications, and a whale of a treasure hunt.The story itself is great fun, but Amanda Fitton makes it her own Flame haired, talking a mile a minute, reviving ancient motor cars, turning an old mill house into a battery charger, and knowing farabout what s going on than initially expected She makes a fantastic Loot to Campion s Orph , and thankfully reappears several books f This is outright adventure, with discredited heirs, regal impersonations, postage stamp kingdoms, international implications, and a whale of a treasure hunt.The story itself is great fun, but Amanda Fitton makes it her own Flame haired, talking a mile a minute, reviving ancient motor cars, turning an old mill house into a battery charger, and knowing farabout what s going on than initially expected She makes a fantastic Loot to Campion s Orph , and thankfully reappears several books from now as an aircraft engineer


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    So far, this may be my favorite Campion in the series I haven t read them all yet, but up to this point, definitely my favorite I m amazed that so many people here gave it such low ratings, but to each his own, I suppose I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure story, because it s not so much a mystery, but ratherof a suspense adventure type thing I would also say that if you ve been following Campion up to this point, you re going to really enjoy this one In a So far, this may be my favorite Campion in the series I haven t read them all yet, but up to this point, definitely my favorite I m amazed that so many people here gave it such low ratings, but to each his own, I suppose I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure story, because it s not so much a mystery, but ratherof a suspense adventure type thing I would also say that if you ve been following Campion up to this point, you re going to really enjoy this one In a nutshell, the story goes something like this Guffy Randall has just dropped his mother off at an Italian spa, and is on his way home when he calls in at a hotel he knows quite well It seems the manager is quite upset because of three rather odd people staying there, the main one being the Hereditary Paladin of Averna, or in short, Albert Campion The two men accompanying him are his good friends, who are in disguise as well Campion must take Randall into his confidence and explains that a very important piece of property must be claimed by the British Government, and he is trying to get a lead on some rather important articles that will lead to that objective His search leads him to a very tiny village in Suffolk, where a rival gang is also trying to find these articles It is there that he meets the Fittons, a delightfully eccentric family who may or may not be the heirs to a fortune Albert and friends get caught up in some very dangerous business along with the family and a rather batty doctor.I loved this book, and I ve been sitting on the DVD produced by the BBC so now I ll have the great fortune to be able to watch the book come to life If you haven t seen these DVDs, do so now Highly recommended not a cozy, not a police procedural, but mystery readers will enjoy it


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    I never know if I am going to enjoy Allingham s Campion books since they are erratic This one didn t make a whole lot of sense and I never knew exactly what was going one since there are so many holes in the plot that are never explained This story is concerned with the restoration of a title, the hunt for the objects that will provide proof, witchcraft, and the secret machinations of big business to get their hands on land belonging to the putative Earl It doesn t sound too confusing but fra I never know if I am going to enjoy Allingham s Campion books since they are erratic This one didn t make a whole lot of sense and I never knew exactly what was going one since there are so many holes in the plot that are never explained This story is concerned with the restoration of a title, the hunt for the objects that will provide proof, witchcraft, and the secret machinations of big business to get their hands on land belonging to the putative Earl It doesn t sound too confusing but frankly, it is, as the main characters run around all over the countryside on various errands and mysterious doings Most of the protagonists are eccentric, shallow, and rather boring Not one of the best of Allingham s prodigious output


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    Margery Allingham may just be my favourite out of the four queens of crime, even ahead of Sayers I just love her writing style, and the fact that so many of her books are set in my part of the world, amid the East Anglian countryside, is a definite bonus.But the biggest attraction is the enigmatic figure of Albert Campion the fact that he hides so much of his personality behind endless witty banter, especially in the early,lighthearted books, only adds to the fascination This book is Margery Allingham may just be my favourite out of the four queens of crime, even ahead of Sayers I just love her writing style, and the fact that so many of her books are set in my part of the world, amid the East Anglian countryside, is a definite bonus.But the biggest attraction is the enigmatic figure of Albert Campion the fact that he hides so much of his personality behind endless witty banter, especially in the early,lighthearted books, only adds to the fascination This book is especially enjoyable because it is the one where he first meets the flame haired, resourceful Amanda Fitton, who goes on to play an important part as his romantic interest in later books.After reading a lot of Golden Age mysteries over the last few years, I ve realised that many of those from the late 1920s and early 1930s aren t murder mysteries at all, but breathless adventure capers involving stolen jewels, gangs, fiendish chases through the countryside, etc Allingham and Patricia Wentworth both wrote quite a few of these, and Agatha Christie s Tommy and Tuppence stories are along the same lines This particular story is completely bonkers, with a bizarre treasure hunt type plot involving a tiny kingdom I assume Allingham was gently spoofing the then current passion for Ruritania , a James Bond type villain and various disguises and escapes along the way To start off with, I knocked a star off my rating just because it is all so unlikely but then it struck me that I should really give five stars to a book I love so much, and that I ve read many times over the years I can hardly believe it sthan 10 years since I d read this last time round it still seemed so familiar On the romance plot, rereading the books this time around, I ve been noticing that Albert really has his heart broken by Biddy in Mystery Mile, even though this isn t dwelt on He is still carrying a torch for her in the next couple of books there is just a one sentence mention of her or her family each time, as a pointer to this In this book, Biddy is mentioned a couple of times by Amanda, who asks him outright if he still ever thinks of her he answers, Yes, but is clearly about to think of Amanda instead I rather like the way this is all kept so terse and underplayed quite a contrast with some of the romances in other detective stories of this era


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    Margery Allingham is an old favorite, and every decade or two I go back and re read the books This is one I hadn t looked at in a long time it was fun to rediscover it but just a bit of a disappointment, as I last read it in callow, wide eyed wonderment Allingham s books gotserious and credible as the years went by this one is from herwhimsical early period Albert Campion, her aristocratic sleuth with connections to the Powers That Be, is asked to lead the hunt for a trove of an Margery Allingham is an old favorite, and every decade or two I go back and re read the books This is one I hadn t looked at in a long time it was fun to rediscover it but just a bit of a disappointment, as I last read it in callow, wide eyed wonderment Allingham s books gotserious and credible as the years went by this one is from herwhimsical early period Albert Campion, her aristocratic sleuth with connections to the Powers That Be, is asked to lead the hunt for a trove of ancient documents and relics proving Britain s claim, via a medieval grant to an English crusader whose line has now died out or has it to a tiny slice of the Balkans which has suddenly become strategically vital due to never mind It s a bit contrived, but who cares It s all about the intrigue, as Campion and pals race to find the trove ahead of the sinister tycoon who wants to sell it to the highest bidder His minions descend on the isolated Suffolk village where the relics may lie hidden Campion s doughty band rallies to the side of the possible missing heir, who lives there along with his two appealing sisters one of whom threatens to distract the heretofore celibate Campion there are local eccentrics and sinister customs to deal with.It s not one of Allingham s best, in my opinion, as the story is too diffuse, the suspense too diluted by the whimsy But it has the Allingham touch, with distinct characters, vivid local color and Campion s self effacing cleverness, a pleasing read for fans of the series


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    This is a bit Raiders of the Lost Document Ark in rural Suffolk I found Campion s omnipotence a bit trying in this book and some of the escapes from death and injury caused me to roll my eyes While Allingham maintains her skill with pace and description, this story would besuited to a film genre where belief can beeasily suspended As it is, this reader found it hard to maintain interest through the complexity and detail of the plot and sub plots, finding some of it indulgence on t This is a bit Raiders of the Lost Document Ark in rural Suffolk I found Campion s omnipotence a bit trying in this book and some of the escapes from death and injury caused me to roll my eyes While Allingham maintains her skill with pace and description, this story would besuited to a film genre where belief can beeasily suspended As it is, this reader found it hard to maintain interest through the complexity and detail of the plot and sub plots, finding some of it indulgence on the part of the author I glad I read it, mostly to be In on the beginning of the romance that element was well suited to the style of the murder mystery For the most part, it didn t rise far above a clever Boys Own Adventure


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    Who is the heir to Averna Are there any Pontisbrights left to claim this small estate that has suddenly become a much coveted prize property The dispute over a small parcel of land that an earthquake has revealed to be valuable property will only be settled when proof of the inheritance is foundThere s every evidence that on the land behind the castle there s an untapped oil field Albert Campion, along with the help of three friends and the irrepressible Lugg , is assigned to the case T Who is the heir to Averna Are there any Pontisbrights left to claim this small estate that has suddenly become a much coveted prize property The dispute over a small parcel of land that an earthquake has revealed to be valuable property will only be settled when proof of the inheritance is foundThere s every evidence that on the land behind the castle there s an untapped oil field Albert Campion, along with the help of three friends and the irrepressible Lugg , is assigned to the case The search for a British heir takes him from a hotel in France to a small village in Suffolk, where hidden clues are to be found Throw in a couple of hired thugs, some highly resident superstitious folk, an eccentric and impoverished family living in an old mill, and you have all the ingredients for a fast paced mysteryOur next little problem is the charter That s written on parchment which, according to the stationery bills of the time, must have been either one half or one quarter of a whole sheepskin It s written in Latin, of course, bears Henry the Fourth s seal and his mark I don t think the fellow could write And the third treasure, is, as it should be, the most important of all, and simply consists of Metternich s receipt for the money in 1814 Heaven knows what that looks like So, you see, we re going to have fun The Fittons, eccentric though they be, are also courageous and uninhibited in defending their rights to an inheritance they convinced that belongs to them Missing is the deed and charter to the inheritance, but it is complicated by the fact that over the years, the property has changedGuffy s pleasant round face flushed It s rather jolly though, isn t it he said I mean, I rather like it Who s got the Pontisbright manor house now I ought to know that part of the country well, but I can t even remember having heard the name before Mr Campion met Farquharson s eyes and grimaced That s where we come up against another snag, he said There s no longer any house at all When the title lapsed the old Countess, who was the only member of the family left, simply sold up everything, lock, stock and barrel The entire place was dismantled and sold piece by piece, until nothing but a hole which had contained the foundations was left It was one of the great acts of vandalism of the Victorian era Pursued by a famous internationally known but unscrupulous financier who greatly desires to uncover the secret clues to the missing charter, Campion and his buddies are racing against time Savanake what a name is one of theevil villains I have come across in Allinghams mysteries, and he pulls out all the stops.Campion is shanghaid but manages to keep one step ahead of the opposition and thwart the well laid plans to get him out of the picture and the reader, along with his three friends, will not be able to guess how he manages to elude his adversary until he re appears near the ending but there is worse to comeSavanake came towards him The side lights fell upon the gleaming barrel of the revolver he levelled In his left hand he still carried the iron box, as though he had been loath to set it down even for an instant This book was a slow start for me After the excitement and atmosphere of Tiger in the Smoke , I expected something similar However, it picked up as I went along and I was eager to see who was going to win out in this race for an inheritance Marjorie Allingham is so very clever in her potting and keeps the reader guessing through the entire book Dialog is always enjoyable and realistic, and I so enjoy Lugg s character He is just priceless It took me longer to get involved in the book and I had to use my head a little bit at the beginning to understand the sequence of events There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot, and even though not my favorite of hers, definitely an enjoyable mystery readMr Campion appeared to have been forgotten, and he sat in a little recess in a corner of the hall and looked through the open doorway at the quivering leaves and dancing water without The old house seemed very quiet after the hullabaloo It was really amazingly attractive Like all very old houses it had a certain drowsy elegance that was very soothing and comforting in a madly gyrating world.He allowed his thoughts to wander idly He noticed the delicate Gothic carving of the stone fireplace, sniffed appreciatively at the mingled odours of wallflower and baking cookie, and wondered how the rabid busybodies who leap upon ancient monuments and tear them stone from stone that they may grace the dank loneliness of museums could have overlooked such a perfect unspoiled gem


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    A ripping yarn Wildly improbable but totally satisfying nonetheless.The delightful and mysterious Albert Campion not his real name is tasked by the British government with finding the lost proofs of ownership of a minuscule eastern European duchy that has unexpectedly developed value A criminal mastermind has also learned of that value and is sniffing around for clues The mastermind and his henchmen are ruthless, but of course Campion and his pals are aristocrats of good education so natura A ripping yarn Wildly improbable but totally satisfying nonetheless.The delightful and mysterious Albert Campion not his real name is tasked by the British government with finding the lost proofs of ownership of a minuscule eastern European duchy that has unexpectedly developed value A criminal mastermind has also learned of that value and is sniffing around for clues The mastermind and his henchmen are ruthless, but of course Campion and his pals are aristocrats of good education so naturally they have the edge, right The action plunges into the wilds of Suffolk, where we meet an endearing cast of locals, from the eccentric Dr Galley to the true blue Fittons, who will be of lasting importance in Campion s life There are treasure map style clues written in doggerel and concealed in unlikely places for inadequate reasons who cares there is much upperclass twit bungling about and some of the delicious lower class bungling of Campion s sidekick, Magersfontein Lugg It all wanders along in mysterious fashion until the complex, fantastic, and suspense filled climax The story is insanely inventive and an unalloyed escapist pleasure If you are curious to explore Margery Allingham s books, this is not the first in the series but is an essential one to read

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