Mystery Mile: A Campion Mystery

Paperback | January 9, 2007

byMargery Allingham

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Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

     A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY
     Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile, deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.
     As urbane as Lord Wimsey...as ingenious as Poirot... Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.

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Agatha Christie called her 'a shining light'. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?     A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY     Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up se...

MARGERY ALLINGHAM was born in London in 1904. She sold her first story at age 8 and published her first novel before turning 20. She married the artist, journalist and editor Philip Youngman Carter in 1927. In 1928 Allingham published her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, and the following year, in The Crime at Black Du...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.53 inPublished:January 9, 2007Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099474697

ISBN - 13:9780099474692

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Vintage Mystery This novel is classed as vintage classic crime. Published first in 1929, Mystery Mile is the second in Margery Allingham's Albert Campion private detective series. Set in about the same time period as Hercule Poirot, Campion starts out on an Atlantic crossing from New York to Dover on a liner called the Elephantine, where an attempt is made on the life of Judge Crowdy Lobbett, retired. This is not the first attempt to eliminate the judge; there were several incidents in New York where those close to the judge were actually killed. Campion has a certain mystery about himself: he seems to have many aliases, and when you ring his number, the call is answered with, "Aphrodite Glue Works". Like Sherlock Holmes, he has an upstairs flat, only his is above a police station. Like Lord Peter Wimsey, Campion has a manservant, only his manservant is a reformed criminal with lots of useful contacts. When stealth is necessary, Campion can go through a restaurant, climb into a dumb waiter in the manager's office, and thus be lifted into his own flat without being observed from the front street. The police sometimes recommend Campion to people when they, themselves, are unable to assist. Which is what happens in this case. Until the end of the first chapter, Campion is known only as "a pale young man", seemingly innocuous and foolish, who wanders around with a pet mouse, and inadvertently (or so it seems) prevents Lobbett Sr. from being electrocuted in a shipboard conjuring trick. Judge Lobbett's son, Marlowe (another great detective name), obtains Campion's calling card. Once in London, Marlowe tries to obtain police protection for his father, but Crowdy will have none of it. So on the advice of the police, he contacts Campion. In an attempt to isolate the obstinate judge from crowds of strangers, Campion arranges for the family to rent the manor belonging to friends of his, Giles and Biddy Paget (twenty-three-year-old twins) in Mystery Mile "on the grey marshy coast of Suffolk". With police stopping incoming cars to the isthmus, and the twins moved into the Dowager House, the judge should be safe and secure. But, of course, things don't go according to plan. The country setting is wonderful. The village consists of one shop which contains a post office, and the man running it is considered "foreign" because he is from another county. The manor grounds have a huge maze of yew which has become rather overgrown in the last few years. Around the whole village is a ground mist and, at low tide, there are soft spots or "quick patches" in which a man could be "sucked under and completely buried" within minutes. A country parson affectionately referred to as St. Swithin, is a great friend to the Pagets, and the local character, George (who, being the oldest living member of the main family in the village, considers himself to be mayor), adds some comic relief. Everything starts off well enough, and then an itinerant palmist/fortuneteller arrives. Shortly after his departure, there's a suicide, a disappearance, and a kidnapping. The suicide victim leaves several clues, one of which is the ivory red knight pictured on the cover page. The disappearance of Judge Lobbett occurs in broad daylight and despite the whole village searching everywhere, everyone is completely baffled. There is never a dull moment in this 'who dunnit.' Campion's light-hearted, enthusiastic bantering belies his keen mind and deep affection for his friends, and before long, he's enlisting the help of ex-cons to help track down the kidnap victim and rescue her from the London gang who grabbed her. The suspense heightens when Campion and company climb out a 3rd story window, creep across rooftops in the dark, and fight it out with the gang while smoke obscures the scene, and fire engine sirens can be heard approaching. But the adventure doesn't end there. When Campion has to face down the criminal mastermind, the tension is palpable. You are sure to enjoy this classic mystery.
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