❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Mr. Campion and Others Author Margery Allingham – Uroturk.info
Read so far The case of the widow The case of the name on the wrapper The case of the hat trick The case of the question mark The case of the old man in the window The case of the white elephant The case of the Frenchman s gloves The case of the longer view aka The crimson letters 2Safe as Houses The Definite Article The Meaning of the Act A Matter of Form The Danger Point A very solid collection of a Baker s dozen means 13 never knew it of mr Campions exploits.These were meaty unpardonable expression ,I am sure than other Campion short stories I read in other collections.Most rely on Mr Campions not so respectable associations made in his youth but all are very enjoyable all the same and contains very neat twists and con tricks.While the stories do not have the multilayered needlework of the longer novels ,they still contain the same engaging witticism and interesting characterization.Since I have already read all but 3 of her Campion novels,I can t help but notice certain reusage of ideas used in these stories later on in her novels as subplots.There is one story here The Definite Article , that has an alter ego The Black Tent but to be fair,that version was part of a posthumous make do collection named The return of Mr Campion and probably was a discarded embryo of this polished version.While a couple of stories are a bit far fetched as deductions go, some others stand out because of the ingeniousness of the puzzle The widow , The hat trick , Safe as houses , The white elephant , A matter of form are very nice for one reason or another.Most of the stories have young society couples as client and mr.Campion saves them from scandals or misunderstandings by subtly handling the conmen who have a neat trick all figured outwell almost.A few stories also have very strong old and wily Victorian grand dames in the mode of Mrs Caroline Faraday and they are not at all foolish.In one of the other reviews here someone has complained about the young women in these stories being foolish ,but has not mentioned the old ones The times and the society these stories are set in,young women were supposed to be protected and cared for by their Beau s and not be workwomanlike like modern times.The first eight stories are from before 1937 and Mr Champion has his vacuous expression going and Stanislaus Oates is still not 100% sure about Mr Campion.No mr Lugg either and some unnamed man does the part.Even so, the society and times are really well sketched but as a warning note The author was not bothering about the view point of 21 st century foolish young women That is not too say all young women are foolish,they are mostly as matter of fact and intelligent about their own interests as young men.All in all ,a very satisfactory collection 4.5 stars rounded out to 5. An Enthusiastic Equestrian Who Lives For Hunting Foxes, Pretty Women, And Other People S Jewelry A Resilient Nonagenarian Who Keeps Returning From The Dead To Scam Unsuspecting Insurance Companies A Safecracker Who Prides Himself On Professional Incompetence Now Gentleman Detective Albert Campion Must Match Wits With A Sinister Assortment Of Lowlifes, Crooks And Cons In Thirteen Of The Most Baffling, Bemusing, And Breathtaking Cases Of His Career A frivolous collection of mostly early 1930s Albert Campion stories that would have originally appeared in publications like The Strand Magazine The stories are filled with authentic period flavor and are well written and great fun a treat for Allingham enthusiasts and fans of golden age British detective stories but they re not very substantive However, unlike some of the other Allingham short story collections with Mr Campion s name in the title that actually have little to do with that gentleman, this one really is mostly Campion. A mixed bag of detective stories featuring society sleuth Albert Campion Allingham fell into a bit of a formula with sweet lung things needing help from Uncle Albert. In spite of the stories repetitiveness, I enjoyed this collection than the two Campion novels I read Allingham is enjoyable to read her prose fluid, her characters likeable but she is simply not very good at writing mysteries Each of these stories relies on an insanely improbable coincidence Campion happens to have seen something related to the crime the night before, or happens to know someone involved , and none of them gives you enough information to come even close to figuring out the mystery on your own Somehow this is less problematic for me in short story format, however This is also from a bit later in her career, so perhaps she had also fully fleshed out her characterization of Campion and I responded to that I do plan to keep going with the series, as I have alas and alack read all of Sayers s Wimsy books and found nothing that comes close to repairing the void in my heart. Synopsis a collection of thirteen short stories about Campion A few others which are non Campion are included. Campion at his best Really well crafted and enjoyable Excellent set of Campion stories They re a decent length and I was kept reading into the early hours I read all the Campion novels a while back but missed this collection I m very pleased to have found it and surprised that it hasn t made it into audio format with the other Campion books Neat set of problems with a quiet flair Deceptively simple but rich character depictions and yesteryear so poignant you could buy a souvenir whilst you re there. MR CAMPION AND OTHERS, Margery Allingham1950, title used twice, first in 1939 the first eight stories in this collection are also in the 1939 collection but this edition also has five different stories Nice, but not great Three and one half stars Note The others in the title actually refer to the stories in the 1939 edition that were not in this edition they were NOT Campion stories this 1950 edition appears to have taken all the Campion stories from the 1939 edition, and added several Campion stories, most from MR CAMPION, CRIMINOLOGIST The title is, therefore, misleading, at least in this edition, since this has only Campion stories In both the 1939 and 1950 editions date when first published 1937 04 The Widow neat little scam tale involving some brandy, A Reputable Firm, and a lonely hotel rather sweet in spots and somewhat predictable, but smooth, really smooooth Reminded me a bit of a very early Wimsey tale.1938 03 The Name on the Wrapper a classy crook, a big jewel robbery, and a Maiden In Distress1938 10 The Case of The Hat Trick, apa The Case of The Magic Hat lovely con job starring an insufferable snob and a socially inept wealthy man1938 01 The Case of The Question Mark apa Return of Mr Campion 1989 yet another robbery, this time very old silver, an odd wannabe detective with persistence and talent , and yet another lovely young lady of Campion s acquaintance, lots of fun.1936 10 The Case of The Old Man in the Window a classic Is he dead, or isn t he story, with beautiful characterizations and really good pacing similar to one of Sayers most famous novels, though.1938 07 The Case of The Frenchman s Gloves starts out similar to a Holmes story Man with the Twisted Lip , maneuvers itself almost into a Christie story The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim , and then resolves into a neat little con job all Allingham s own 1950 The Case of The Longer View apa The Crimson Letters in casebook 1947 this is an abridged version of The Crimson Letters 1938, which was apa in 1939 edition of Others nifty tale about a kidnaping, with some nicely dark edges but, as mostly usual with Allingham, a nearly perfectly happy ending Note long version appears to only be in the 1939 edition or EQMM 10 19461936 08 The Case of The White Elephant Deluxe jewel thieves, a beautiful scam, a haughty Countess, and a Sweet Young Thing not at all as predictable as it sounds pacing is excellent and the working out of the plot is tooOnly in the 1950 edition 1940 01 Safe as Houses One of Campion s odd elderly relatives does an extremely odd thing, resulting in a lot of difficulty , and poor Albert has to get him and his redoubtable Mamma out of it without telling Mamma Classic plot Christie did a nice variation on it too beautifully worked out, and although the humor is at first rather forced, the ending is entertaining 1937 10 The Definite Article Campion vs society blackmailer, who s targeted a Sweet Young Thing longer and rather different version written 1937 but only this shorter variant published then and also in 1947 and 1950 original long version finally published 1987 as The Black Tent which was a far superior story, smoother and sweeter and vastly better plotted, available in The Return of Mr Campion, 19891939 09 The Meaning of the Act an eminent Egyptologist exhibiting extremely unusual behavior, a worried daughter who asks Campion for help, a talkative pickpocket, an artist and a copper a nice menage in a snappy story with a beautifully twisted ending Oh, and the title is a joke, a rather funny joke, actually 1940 05 A Matter of Form neat little scam tale set in London during early days of Battle of Britain, where obscure governmental rules and regs trip up a burglar nicely smooth, but there is, unfortunately, yet another pair of lovers including a not too bright young man this time in uniform and another of the seemingly innumerable Pretty Young Things sigggh of Allingham s acquaintance 1937 06 The Danger Point yet another Pretty Young Thing in distress, and another jewel robbery sort of amongst the rich n famous n peculiar, with Campion fixing things up behind the scenes But this one is rather richer in texture and mood than some of them, with beautiful characterizations and nice twists. A fun little set of mystery stories, mostly from the 1930s They prompt some ruminations on the genre and period First off, I think Margery Allingham was at her best an excellent writer, albeit not one whose solutions to mysteries always follow the rules Second, I think Allingham and Dorothy Sayers generally wrote memorable novels than short stories their novels have depth and complexity, generally succeeding as both genre fiction and lasting literature, while their short stories show much evidence of having been written to please a magazine audience The stories here, in fact, don t bear an enormous resemblance to Allingham s novels apart from the use of Albert Campion and Stanislaus Oates Despite the use of these characters, the tales actually make me think of Wodehouse, in that Campion is as well connected as Bertie Wooster and constantly helping out some foolish but pretty young woman and or her lovesick young suitor Campion, however, has no Jeeves in these stories merely an anonymous man, which is jarring to anyone who knows the novels because in the novels Lugg is a major if un Jeeves like character As in the novels, Campion is slender, over thirty, and wears horn rimmed glasses, but here he is repeatedly described as having the kind of deceptively vacant look that Sayers s Peter Wimsey is so well known for As the two writers evolved their detectives, Campion and Wimsey grew individual, although they always retained some common features.In addition to these thoughts about Campion and short story versus novel, I definitely had the feeling that Allingham was really playing to her readers expectations of stereotype here again not something the novels generally do The young society women in the stories are invariably charming and good looking but immature and eternally doing stupid things that either cause crimes to occur or to be solved One can only take so much of that and fortunately most of the women in the novels aren t like that so fortunately the stories can be read one or two at a time and enjoyed as lightweight period pieces, literary meringues or baubles or whatnot.