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 amateur 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/11/2004
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099474692
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Review by Darla
I confess, the five stars for this one is primarily for the character, Campion. O. M. G. He's rather Lymond-esqe. Made my little heart go pitty-pat. Must find more books about him--the list inside the front cover says there are 22. Lovely.
Review by shanaqui
Didn't expect to read this book so soon or all in one go, but I was having trouble sleeping, so I figured, why not? It's very obviously a cousin of Sayers' Lord Peter (Campion could, in fact, be Peter's cousin), although in a more satirical vein. Albert Campion is a pretty close analogue of Peter Wimsey, complete with a number of idiosyncrasies, and Lugg (although of a decidedly more criminal bent than Bunter) shares some characteristics with Lord Peter's man.It's still fun, even though it's more or less mocking one of my favourite series in many ways -- it manages to be a story on its own, too. It didn't involve me emotionally, but I did read it straight through, in one go, so there's that going for it. I did find the mystery a little bit disjointed/incoherent: it helped that I'd read a summary somewhere before, but some of the events seemed pretty random.Overall, I enjoyed it enough that I might pick up more, but not enough that I'm going to be in a hurry. Allingham was a capable writer, but Campion's not interesting enough to me to follow him compulsively.
Review by GeoffSC
As good as Agatha Christie. J K Rowling said she enjoyed the author so I thought I'd better try her. Yes, she is a good mystery writer.