[PDF / Epub] ☆ The Beckoning Lady Author Margery Allingham – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Beckoning Lady I did enjoy this book I ve always wanted to throw a great, big, stupendous party like the one featured here The ending was great but overall this book is hard to follow The plot becomes somewhat comprehensible by the time you reach the end but it s a strange one There are a slew of extraneous characters that add nothing The whole thing often seems like listening to a deeply involved conversation between people who know each other well and have a long history when you don t know either of th I did enjoy this book I ve always wanted to throw a great, big, stupendous party like the one featured here The ending was great but overall this book is hard to follow The plot becomes somewhat comprehensible by the time you reach the end but it s a strange one There are a slew of extraneous characters that add nothing The whole thing often seems like listening to a deeply involved conversation between people who know each other well and have a long history when you don t know either of them and have no knowledge of the background The Campion books are touted as being stand alone and that is usually true but you will get this one a lot better if you ve read a few of the others, especially Sweet Danger In spite of these shortcomings I wouldn t have missed this book for the world This story melds old characters and new, with Campion and Amanda returning to her home village of Pontisbright, following the death of a character met in one of the first novels, and bringing along with them Charlie Luke, the powerhouse detective who has been central torecent novels.Allingham s strength with characterisation and odd people is on display here, along with some amusing fallibility of Campion, who is immensely dismayed at Luke s infatuation with an old fashioned local girl. Private Detective Albert 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 Danger Is Hardly Unknown In This Idyllic Suffolk Village, But It Is A Less Romantic Peril Than On Mr Campion S First Visit, Than Twenty Years Ago Margery Allingham Has Precious Few Peers And No Superiors The Sunday Times Allingham S Work Is Always Of The First Rank New York Times Unforgettable AS Byatt Rereading a book I own I liked it better last time This time, it seemed overpopulated with eccentric characters popping in and out of scenes to have lively dialog in dated British slang It s all a bit manic for a hot summer weekend s read. 2 3 Abridged edition.Thanks to the line up of some of the characters, and the nature of the mystery, this was not as interesting as other Campion mysteries I ve listened to It was really nice to see so much of Amanda and the Campion s young son though and to hear the reveal at the end I had high hopes for this novel but when you re halfway through and have nothingthan a dead person and lots and lots and lots.did I mention lots of extraneous conversation that, while makes the characters interesting, does absolutely nothing to propel the plot.Briefly, a corpse is found underneath a bridge Who is it Who killed him You got me I never even found out if there was a motive.Sorry Ms Allingham, but I am disappointed in your writing. Not my favorite Campion story, probably because all the romantic relationships are unpleasant or utterly mystifying The murders seem like they are almost beside the point. Albert Campion is spending the summer in Pontisbright with his family, visiting the charming, eccentric Minnie and Tonker Cassand for their renowned summertime festivities.Amanda and Albert are saddened by the recent death of the beloved but aged man they called Uncle William Nonetheless, Mr Campion is looking forward to a pleasant summer vacation with friends.But from the first chapter, going into the story, we know that all is not well, since we have already been apprised of the presence o Albert Campion is spending the summer in Pontisbright with his family, visiting the charming, eccentric Minnie and Tonker Cassand for their renowned summertime festivities.Amanda and Albert are saddened by the recent death of the beloved but aged man they called Uncle William Nonetheless, Mr Campion is looking forward to a pleasant summer vacation with friends.But from the first chapter, going into the story, we know that all is not well, since we have already been apprised of the presence of as yet undiscovered body hidden in the lovely countryside village grounds.As always, Margery Allingham treats us to vivid personalities and lively surroundings, brilliantly conveyed in masterful words.Of particular interest in this book is the presence of the Scotland Yard man Charles Luke, a long time Campion partner in a number of cases But this time, the strong competent detective is in a new circumstance he is in love, and he hasn t a clue how to deal with that His friends, observing this unfamiliar scenario, are at a loss to support him.This is of course a corking good mystery, but it is the stories of the people involved that make this particular Allingham book so compelling and ultimately satisfying.My sincerest thanks to Camilla of the Margery Allingham Estate for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review I found this book in a Free Little Library at the park so jumped into the middle of the series somewhere and had to run to catch up with Campion and other characters That, added to the use of idiom and cockney and other dialect, kept me somewhat confused throughout Still, I enjoyed the mystery and the humor It was a little like watching a Thin Man movie with Nick and Nora Charles and all the multitude of talkative and scattered characters I have another of the series so will see how I fare I found this book in a Free Little Library at the park so jumped into the middle of the series somewhere and had to run to catch up with Campion and other characters That, added to the use of idiom and cockney and other dialect, kept me somewhat confused throughout Still, I enjoyed the mystery and the humor It was a little like watching a Thin Man movie with Nick and Nora Charles and all the multitude of talkative and scattered characters I have another of the series so will see how I fare with it Truth is such a naked lady, Mr Campion spoke softly Apparently in well regulated country families no one is so indelicate as to stare at all of her at once What a nicely savage way she has of putting things I read all the earlier Campions years ago, in the first flush of my enthusiasm for the classic British masters of mystery Somehow it escaped my notice that Margery Allingham had written nearly twice as many, again, featuring Campion in a smaller role and a wonderful, larger than life Truth is such a naked lady, Mr Campion spoke softly Apparently in well regulated country families no one is so indelicate as to stare at all of her at once What a nicely savage way she has of putting things I read all the earlier Campions years ago, in the first flush of my enthusiasm for the classic British masters of mystery Somehow it escaped my notice that Margery Allingham had written nearly twice as many, again, featuring Campion in a smaller role and a wonderful, larger than life rumble of a police detective called Charlie Luke for connoisseurs, Stanislaus Oates ascends to the highest rank of office in Scotland Yard and is rarely heard from again These later novels are almost all wonderful Appealing in character, as ever, but ominous in feeling in a way that reminds me of Patricia Highsmith and Muriel Spark Brilliant and warm hearted, and full of tongue rolling turns of phrase, but with a savage, slithering little sting of ugliness that is very real and very alarming Absolutely satisfying


About the Author: Margery Allingham

Aka Maxwell March.Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women s magazines as Emmie Allingham Margery s aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt s magazine.Soon after Margery s birth, the family left London for Essex She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic now the University of Westminster , and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter They married in 1928 He was her collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.Margery s breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel,The Crime at Black DudleyThe novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back forMystery Mileand continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966 Her husband finished her last novel,A Cargo of Eaglesat her request, and published it in 1968.


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