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Dead to scam unsuspecting insurance companies A safecracker who prides himself on professional incompetence Now gentleman detective Albert Campion m. 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 andor 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 featuresIn 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

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Ust 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 very solid collection of a Baker s dozen means 13 never knew itof mr Campions exploitsThese were meaty unpardonable expression I am sure than other Campion short stories I read in other collectionsMost 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 tricksWhile the stories do not have the multilayered needlework of the longer novels they still contain the same engaging witticism and interesting characterizationSince I have already read all but 3 of her Campion novelsI can t help but notice certain reusage of ideas used in these stories later on in her novels as subplotsThere is one story here The Definite Article that has an alter ego The Black Tent but to be fairthat version was part of a posthumous make do collection named The return of Mr Campion and probably was a discarded embryo of this polished versionWhile a couple of stories are a bit far fetched as deductions go some others stand out because of the ingeniousness of the puzzleThe widowThe hat trickSafe as houses The white elephantA matter of form are very nice for one reason or anotherMost of the stories have young society couples as client and mrCampion saves them from scandals or misunderstandings by subtly handling the conmen who have a neat trick all figured outwell almostA 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 foolishIn 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 inyoung women were supposed to be protected and cared for by their Beau s and not be workwomanlike like modern timesThe 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 CampionNo mr Lugg either and some unnamed man does the partEven 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 womenThat is not too say all young women are foolishthey are mostly as matter of fact and intelligent about their own interests as young menAll in all a very satisfactory collection 45 stars rounded out to 5

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An enthusiastic euestrian who lives for hunting foxes pretty women and other people's jewelry A resilient nonagenarian who keeps returning from the. 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 published1937 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 tale1938 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 uestion 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 acuaintance lots of fun1936 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 though1938 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 EMM 1019461936 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 edition1940 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 acuaintance 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


About the Author: Margery Allingham

Maxwell MarchMargery 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



10 thoughts on “Mr Campion and Others

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    Not a big fan of short stories but I love the Albert Campion mysteries so it all works out Most were published i

  3. says:

    Wonderful and entertaining

  4. says:

    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 l

  5. says:

    A frivolous collection of mostly early 1930s Albert Campion stories that would have originally appeared in publications like

  6. says:

    Perfection Ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon's reading If Dorothy L Sayers and PG Wodehouse had a literary baby this would be it

  7. says:

    A very solid collection of a Baker's dozen means 13 never knew itof mr Campions exploitsThese were meaty unpardonable expression I am sure than other Campion short stories I read in other collectionsMost rely on Mr Campions not so respectable associations made in his youth but all are very enjoyable all the sa

  8. says:

    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 stor

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Synopsis a collection of thirteen short stories about Campion A few others which are non Campion are included

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