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The author of the book: Margery Allingham
Edition: Felony & Mayhem
Date of issue: December 2006
ISBN 13: 9781933397573
Format files: PDF
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BOTTOM LINE: Another lovely, totally unbelievable romp with Albert Campion and friends, both respectable and otherwise, as he undertakes to guard the heir to an old family and their VIP secret. Still shows Albert as quite peculiar and vapid/vague, but Allingham is gradually bringing the character into better focus in this third book.
The Gyrth family is rural County Aristocracy, very very old, and with lots of peculiar history behind it. Their home is at least a thousand years old, and extremely spooky, and they possess a valuable chalice that is reputed to be even older, around which a lot of pagentry is directed when the eldest son of a family turns 25. Val Garth is about to do so, and has been kidnapped by some strange people, with Campion turning up just in time to help him out of that jam, and to return to his family to undergo initiation into The Family Secrets. But all sorts of sinister folks are about, and it soon becomes obvious that someone wants that chalice very badly, and will stop at nothing to get it. Various attempts to steal it are made, and Campion must call on all his skills and many of his peculiar friends, to solve the assorted mysteries around the Gyrth Chalice, along with a wild horse, a band of gypsies, an odd archeologist, a wild woman and a witch, her demented son, and the various denizens of Tower House itself, where the Chalice is rumoured to be kept safely hidden.
A fast pace, very likeable folks and hiss-a-ble villains, lots of perilous situations and in-the-nick-of-time rescues, and the affable Albert Campion pulling all the strings, makes for a thoroughly lovely afternoon's read. Still a treat, even after many years and several rereads.
NOTE : TV VERSION WONDERFUL, highly recommended, circa 1990 with Peter Davison as Campion - entire series great fun actually, just about perfect, unlike some of the later attempts at "updating" Christie, et al
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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. 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 Dudley . The novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character. After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back for Mystery Mile and 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 Eagles at her request, and published it in 1968.
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