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margery1940Margery Louise Allingham (1904 – 1966) was an English writer of detective fiction, best remembered for her detective stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion. She is generally considered to be one of the four queens of the golden age of mystery, along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, & Ngaio Marsh.

Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her father, Herbert, and her mother Emily Jane (née Hughes), were both writers – he was editor of the Christian Globe and The New London Journal (to which Margery later contributed articles and Sexton Blake stories), before becoming a successful pulp fiction writer, while her mother was a contributor of stories to women’s magazines. Soon after Margery’s birth, the family left London for Essex where they lived in an old house in Layer Breton, a village near Colchester. She went to a local school and then to the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge, all the while writing stories and plays; she earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt’s magazine.

Returning to London in 1920, she attended the Regent Street Polytechnic studying drama and speech-training, curing a stammer she had suffered since childhood; it was at this time that she first met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter. In 1927, she married Carter, who collaborated with her, designed the jackets for many of her books, finished her final book, and added three more Campion volumes. They lived on the edge of the Essex Marshes in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, near Maldon.

Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. It was allegedly based on a story she heard during a séance, though later in life this was debunked by her husband. Nevertheless, Allingham continued to include occult themes in many novels. Blackkerchief Dick was well received, but was not a financial success. She wrote several plays in this period, and attempted to write a serious novel, but finding her themes clashed with her natural light-heartedness, she decided instead to try the mystery genre.

Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of ‘The Crime at Black Dudley’. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in ‘Mystery Mile’, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. By now, with three novels behind her, Allingham’s skills were improving, and with a strong central character and format to work from, she began to produce a series of popular Campion novels. At first she had to continue writing short stories and journalism for magazines such as The Strand Magazine, but as her Campion saga went on, her following, and her sales, grew steadily. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.

Campion is a mysterious, upper-class character (early novels hint that his family is in the line of succession to the throne), working under an assumed name. He floats between the upper echelons of the nobility and government on one hand and the shady world of the criminal class in the United Kingdom on the other, often accompanied by his scurrilous ex-burglar servant Lugg. During the course of his career he is sometimes detective, sometimes adventurer. As the series progresses he works more closely with the police and MI6 counter-intelligence.  He falls in love, gets married and has a child, and as time goes by he grows in wisdom and matures emotionally. As Allingham’s powers developed, the style and format of the books moved on: while the early novels are light-hearted whodunnits or “fantastical” adventures, ‘ The Tiger in the Smoke’ (1952) is more character study than crime novel, focusing on serial killer Jack Havoc. In many of the later books Campion plays a subsidiary role no more prominent than his wife Amanda and his police associates; by the last novel he is a minor character. In 1941, she published a non-fiction work, ‘The Oaken Heart’, which described her experiences in Essex when an invasion from Germany was expected and actively being planned for, potentially placing the civilian population of Essex in the front line.

Allingham suffered from breast cancer and died at Severalls Hospital, Colchester, England, on 30 June 1966, aged 62. Her final Campion novel, ‘Cargo of Eagles’, was completed by her husband as her final request and was published in 1968. Other compilations of her work, both with and without Albert Campion, continued to be released through the 1970s. The Margery Allingham Omnibus, comprising ‘Sweet Danger’, ‘The Case of the Late Pig’ and ‘The Tiger in the Smoke’, with a critical introduction by Jane Stevenson, was published in 2006.

Vintage Classics of Random House, Australia, began a reissue programme for Margery Allingham in 2004: to date they have reissued her nineteen major Campion novels beginning with ‘The Crime at Black Dudley’ (1929) and ending with Cargo of Eagles (1968). In the United States, the Vintage division of Felony and Mayhem Press has also reissued these books.  A film version of ‘Tiger in the Smoke’ was made in 1956; a highly popular series of Campion adaptations was shown by the BBC in 1989–90, starring Peter Davison as Campion and Brian Glover as Lugg.

Several books have been written about Allingham and her work, including:

Margery Allingham, 100 Years of a Great Mystery Writer edited by Marianne van Hoeven (2003)
Margery Allingham: A Biography by Julia Thorogood (1991); revised as The Adventures of Margery Allingham as by Julia Jones (2009). This is the standard biography.
Ink in Her Blood: The Life and Crime Fiction of Margery Allingham by Richard Martin (1988)
Campion’s Career: A Study of the Novels of Margery Allingham by B.A. Pike (1987)

Edited from Wikipedia: Margery Allingham

Notes: Four omnibus editions are handy for collectors:
The Mysterious Mr Campion An Allingham Omnibus
Mr. Campion’s Lady: The Second Allingham Omnibus
Mr. Campion’s Clowns: The Third Allingham Omnibus 

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Albert Campion Novels


black dudley2The Crime at Black Dudley (1929) 
AKA: The Black Dudley Murder (US)

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Note: Campion’s first investigation!

A house-party with a glittering guest-list. An imposing country estate with endless shadowy staircases and unused rooms. The breathless period between the two world wars. It’s the ideal setting for the classic English murder mystery, and bringing it to perfection is the introduction, in a supporting role,  of Albert Campion, the consummate (if compulsively quipping) Gentleman Sleuth. The guests take some time to be grateful for Campion’s presence; he is a bit peculiar, and they have more than enough distractions, what with various complicated love affairs, a curious ritual involving a jeweled dagger, and a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

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mystery mile 2Mystery Mile (1930)

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Note: The Simister Gang??

The notoriously deadly Simister gang is after judge Crowdy Lobbett. Lobbett managed to escape death several times already but the fear for his life is never worse than when some of his close friends begin to disappear mysteriously. In a moment of utter desperation the judge turns for help to the enigmatic and unassuming amateur sleuth, Albert Campion.

Campion convinces Lobbett that the safest place to hide is the remote country house in Mystery Mile in Suffolk, but the detective realises how wrong he was when strange accidents begin to happen there and the judge’s life is more in danger than ever. Will Albert Campion manage to win the race against time and save Lobbett? Will he solve the enigma of the enemy’s name? Mystery Mile, first published in 1930, is second of the Margery Allingham novels starring eccentric amateur sleuth, Albert Campion, and his indispensible butler and bodyguard, Magersfontein Lugg.

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look lady2Look to the Lady (1931) 
AKA: The Gyrth Chalice Mystery (US)

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Note: A priceless chalice is targeted by thieves

Some objects just cry out to be stolen, and an obliging ring of international thieves stands ready to heed the cry. Their current target is the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet that the Gyrth family has for centuries held in trust for the British Crown. Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery. But the careless chatter about the Chalice of one of the family members seems to have called up all manner of misfortunes and the vague, bespectacled Albert Campion doesn’t look like he’ll be much help against them. But looks can be deceptive.

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police funeral2 Police at the Funeral (1931)

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Note: A family squabble

Caroline Faraday runs her house like a Victorian fiefdom, unconcerned with the fact that it’s 1931. Furniture and meals are heavy and elaborate, motorcars and morning tea are forbidden on account of vulgarity. The Faraday children, now well into middle age, chafe at the restrictions, but with no money of their own, they respond primarily by quarreling amongst themselves. Their endless squabbling is tedious but nothing more until one of them turns up dead, followed shortly by his petulant, whining sister. Though neither will be much missed, decency demands that Caroline Faraday hire the nearly respectable Albert Campion to investigate their untimely ends.

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sweet danger2Sweet Danger (1933) 
AKA: Kingdom of Death;The Fear Sign

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Note: A visit to Averna

Way back during the crusades Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan state of Averna. Since that time the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe suddenly render it extremely strategically important to the British Government. Unconventional detective Albert Campion is thus hired to recover the long-missing proofs of ownership – the deeds, a crown, and a receipt – which are apparently hidden in the village of Pontisbright.

In Pontisbright, Campion and his friends meet the eccentric, young, flame-haired Amanda Fitton and her family who claim to be the rightful heirs to Averna and join in the hunt. Unfortunately, criminal financier Brett Savanake is also interested in finding the evidence for his own ends. Things get rather rough in the village as Savanake’s heavies move in and up the pressure on Campion to solve the mystery before they do…

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death ghost2 Death of a Ghost (1934)

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Note: Death at a viewing?

John Sebastian Lafcadio, R. A., ‘probably the greatest painter since Rembrandt’ (according to himself), is dead. But his influence is not.

He wanted lasting fame and he left instructions to his wife, Belle, for one painting to be exhibited every year after his death. Eight years later, in Little Venice, a select group of friends and family gather to view the eighth painting. They are treated instead to a murder. The lights go down, and a young man is stabbed to death.

Albert Campion is one of the guests, and in his deceptively calm way he gets to work on the baffling case, with its long – suspiciously long – line-up of possible killers. Soon Campion finds himself having to face his dearest enemy…

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flowers judge2Flowers for the Judge (1936) 
AKA: Legacy in Blood (US)

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Note: Trouble at The Sign of the Golden Quiver

The Barnabas publishing dynasty is no stranger to mystery; after all, the founder’s nephew is legendary for having disappeared in broad daylight. Yet the discovery of one of the Barnabas cousins, dead for some days inside a locked strong room, throws the entire clan in disarray. As police suspicions settle on a member of the family, the Barnabas cousins have no choice but to ask Albert Campion to step in and salvage their reputation. But everywhere he turns, Campion finds more questions than answers. Just what was the deceased Barnabas doing in that strong room in his evening clothes and bowler hat? And the original disappearing nephew, where, exactly, did he disappear to?

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dancers mourning2Dancers in Mourning (1937) 
AKA: Who Killed Chloe? (US)

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Note: How do you tap out an SOS?

Jimmy Sutane is London’s favorite song-and-dance man, headlining at the Argosy Theatre, and beloved by all. Or almost all: Someone has taken to playing increasingly nasty pranks. Albert Campion offers to poke around, but what he finds chez Sutane nearly overwhelms him. The far-from traditional household features a clutch of explosive egos, including a brooding genius musician, and a melodramatic young actress who seems to delight in drawing others into her web of carefully groomed tragedy. Someone here is aiming to hang up Sutane’s tap shoes on a permanent basis, and if Campion is to keep Jimmy dancing, he?ll have to come up with some pretty fancy footwork of his own.

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late pig2The Case of the Late Pig (1937)
Originally appeared in Mr Campion: Criminologist)

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Note: A pig dies twice?

Pig Peters made Albert Campion’s life a misery at prep school, and now that he’s dead, Campion is hard-pressed to squeeze out a tear. Still, he does attend the funeral. Not because he much regrets the passing of the Pig, but because he got an intriguingly anonymous invitation and Campion never can resist a mystery. The mystery deepens significantly six months later, when a friend in the countryside urgently requests Campion’s help. On arrival in Sussex, Campion is presented with a dead body that, in life, most definitely belonged to the late-and-not-much-lamented Pig. So who, exactly, was buried six months earlier? Narrated, for the first and only time, in Campion’s own voice.

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fasion shrouds2The Fashion in Shrouds (1938)

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Note: Formal dress for the dead?

First, there is a skeleton in a dinner jacket. Then a corpse in a golden aeroplane. After another body, private detective Albert Campion nearly makes a fourth!

Georgia Wells had been designed by nature as a poster rather than a pen drawing – magnificent on-stage, but off-stage a little larger than life. It was to meet her that Albert Campion went to the dress-show in Park Lane. Only the day before he had finally located the dinner-jacketed skeleton of her barrister fiancee who had disappeared three years before. And Georgia Wells wasn’t allowing it to be suicide, not at any price….

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traitor's purse2Traitor’s Purse (1941)
AKA: The Sabotage Murder Mystery (US)

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Note: Licensed to kill and badly shaken?

Albert Campion, international spy, on His Majesty’s secret service? Stranger things have happened, but if they have, Campion can’t remember them: He’s in hospital, the victim of an apparent accident, and with no memory of anything except the fact that the fate of the British Empire is somehow cradled in his bandaged hands. He can’t remember his faithful manservant, he can’t remember his fiance, and most particularly, he can’t remember killing a policeman, a crime for which whispering voices outside his hospital room claim he will shortly hang. Escaping in a stolen car, Campion finds odd shreds of memory returning. His mission, he’s certain, has something to do with the number 15 and also with the town of Bridge, which – he dimly recalls – is run by an ancient, hereditary, and extremely secretive sect. 

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coroner pidginCoroner’s Pidgin (1945)
AKA: Pearls Before Swine (US)

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Note: No peaceful bath for Campion!

Just returned from years overseas on a secret mission, Albert Campion is relaxing in his bath when his servant Lugg and a lady of unmistakably aristocratic bearing appear in his flat carrying the corpse of a woman.

At first Campion is unwilling to get involved, but he is forced to bring his powers of protection to bear on the case, and to solve not only the mystery of the murdered woman but also the alarming disappearance of some well-known art treasures.

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work undertaker2 More Work for the Undertaker (1948)

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Note: A trip down memory lane?

Apron Lane is a little bit of Dickensian London that still appears to be flourishing in the brave new post-War world. Urchins abound, and a quasi-feudal order is maintained by the eccentric Palinode family, once the squires of Apron Street and still expecting a certain forelock-tugging deference, even as their fortunes have evaporated. The Apron might be nothing more than an amusing anachronism if its Dickensian aspect did not include a distinctly Bill Sykes-style of omnipresent threat. With the police prototypically baffled, Campion takes up local lodgings in an effort to identify the source of the violence.

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tiger smoke The Tiger in the Smoke (1952)

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Note: One of the first serial killer mysteries

Jack Havoc, jail-breaker and knife artist, is on the loose on the streets of London once again. In the faded squares of shabby houses, in the furtive alleys and darkened pubs, the word is out that the Tiger is back in town, more vicious than ever. It falls to Albert Campion to pit his wits against this serial killer and hunt him down through the city’s November smog before it is too late.

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beckoning lady2The Beckoning Lady (1955)
AKA: The Estate of the Beckoning Lady (US)

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Note: A tax dodge?

Old William Faraday is dead, apparently of natural causes. Another man is dead too, and it was certainly murder. Mr Campion and his family are back in Pontisbright, along with Magersfontein Lugg and DCI Charles Luke. Danger is hardly unknown in this idyllic Suffolk village, but it is a less romantic peril than on Mr Campion’s first visit, more than twenty years ago. Mr Campion’s friends Minnie and Tonker Cassands put on a cheerful face as they prepare for their annual party at Minnie’s house, The Beckoning Lady, but Minnie has serious problems with the Inland Revenue and the dead man in the ditch is a tax inspector.

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hide eyes2Hide My Eyes (1958)
AKA:Tether’s End; Ten Were Missing

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Note: Another serial killer case

In Hide My Eyes, Campion again finds himself hunting down a serial killer. A spate of murders leaves him and his friend and colleague Inspector Luke, with only the baffling clues of a left-hand glove and a lizard-skin lettercase. However a chain of strange events leads them to an odd museum of curiosities hidden in a quiet London neighbourhood where there is more going on than meets the eye.

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china governess2The China Governess (1963)

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Note: Family Secrets

The golden sprig of a rich aristocratic family, Timothy Kinnit, is about to marry the girl of his dreams. But when rumors start to circulate about his parentage, the young lady’s father puts the kibosh on the wedding, and shortly thereafter, Timothy becomes the chief suspect in a housebreaking and a suspicious death. When Mr. Campion gets involved, he finds that somebody will go to very ugly lengths to keep Timothy from finding the answers he needs.

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mind readers2 The Mind Readers (1965)

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Note: Campion version 2.0?

Sam Ferris is an ordinary English schoolboy. Well, except for a few things. One: His father is an eminent scientist, based on a military research island off the English coast. Two: Sam is about to be interviewed by a solicitor, giving evidence, in a serious legal matter, against one of his favorite teachers. And three: Sam can read minds. But there’s a four: Sam’s uncle is Albert Campion. And Sam’s story, in all its seemingly unrelated elements, gives his Uncle Albert quite a lot to be curious about.

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cargo eagles2Cargo of Eagles (1968)
Completed by Philip Youngman Carter after death of Allingham

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Note: The story of The Saltey Demon

In this, Ms. Allingham’s last novel, the action revolves around Saltey, for centuries a hidey-hole for all manner of villains. Astonishingly, it is the early 1960s, and Saltey, like many English coastal towns, is being over-run by teenage gangs. But that’s not why Albert Campion – now, really astonishingly, in late middle-age – has persuaded Lugg to take up residence. His interest lies in part with the just-out-of-prison thief who has (in time-honored tradition) gone to ground in Saltey. But his most passionate interest is reserved for the curious, newly revived story of the Saltey Demon.

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campion farthing Mr. Campion’s Farthing (1969) 

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Note: A visit to Inglewood Turrets

Inglewood Turrets, an expensive anachronism in the leafy outskirts of North London is a cross between St Pancreas Station and Holloway Gaol, and the house where the formidable Miss Charlotte Cambric recreates Victorian elegance for foreign culture-vultures.

Vassily Kopeck, the half-Russian, half-Polish physicist and an ‘attaché of sorts’, disappears as effectively as a cat who turns a corner in a London fog after a visit to The Turrets – and thereby becomes a much-wanted man. Then Felix Perdreau, the flamboyant rare book dealer and friend of Kopek, who knows more than he is letting on, also goes missing… L.C. Corkran, of Her Majesty’s security service, is convinced that something awful is about to happen there.

Others showing an unnatural interest in the goings-on at The Turrets include Moryak, the Russian ‘diplomat’ hunting the missing scientist; a ruthless property developer and his even more ruthless acolyte, a very dodgy private investigator with a penchant for stamp-collecting, and Rupert (whose surname just happens to be Campion) and Perdita, two innocent but resourceful young people hired to act out harmless Victorian charades in a far from harmless situation.

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Mr. Campion’s Falcon (1970) campion falcon
AKA: Mr. Campion’s Quarry (US)

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Note: Blood and oil

Matthew James Matthew dies of natural causes whilst staying at the upmarket Drover’s Arms in the Cotswolds. Max Newgate, the pompous manager of the inn is found dead miles away in a Suffolk river near an archaeological dig. The star geologist of Omega Oils, the brilliant but eccentric Francis Makepeace, could be connected to both, but he has disappeared and seems determined not to be found.

L.C. Corkran, whose retirement from Her Majesty’s security service ‘has been greatly exaggerated’ now consults for the multi-national Omega Oils and turns to his old friend Albert Campion for help.

A carnival of delightful, and not so delightful, characters become involved in the hunt for the missing geologist: the cool-headed, independent Miss Anthea Peregrine; the love-struck schoolboy Robert Oncer Smith; the rather dubious antique-dealer Morris Jay; known thug and small-time villain Ginger Scott, Appleyard, a boorish Suffolk policeman; and the grotesque, repellent and very dangerous Claude Porteous.

But why is Makepeace, a brilliant and successful man, on the run? Is it because of a failed Omega Oil exploration project in the new African republic of Serendi, or connected to the archaeological excavation of a 4th Century Roman ship? Could the missing Francis Makepeace and the dead Matthew James Matthew somehow be one and the same person?

It takes all Campion’s guile and charm to get to the bottom of the mystery and ensure that the new, youthful allies he recruits emerge unscathed.

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campion farewellMr Campion’s Farewell (2014)
Completed by Mike Ripley after death of Philip Youngman Carter

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Note: The Last Campion

The idyllic English village of Lindsay Carfax isn’t run by the parish council, the rating authority, the sanitary inspector nor the local cops as you might suppose. The real bosses are the Carders – something to do with wool, four hundred years back. They wound stuff on cards, I suppose. But these boys are very fly customers – they’re right on the ball. Boiled down, it comes to this; they’re a syndicate who run this place – which makes a packet – with their own rules. One way and another they probably own most of it.”

Thus ruminated Superintendent Charles Luke to Albert Campion who was contemplating visiting his wayward artistic niece in Carfax. And when a missing schoolteacher reappeared after nine days, and Campion’s car was “inadvertently” damaged, not to mention Campion himself, then all the signs were that not all was what it seemed.

Campion himself plays the central role in this quintessentially British mystery, but there are appearances too from all of Margery Allingham’s regular characters, from Luke to Campion’s former manservant Lugg, to his wife Lady Amanda Fitton and others. The dialogue is sharp and witty, the observation keen, and the climax is thrilling and eerily atmospheric.

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Albert Campion Short Stories

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Mr. Campion: Criminologist (1937)Campion Criminologist
Detectives: Albert Campion 

 

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Note: The earliest Allingham stories

Includes:

The Case of the Late Pig (1936)
The Case of the White Elephant (1936)
The Case of the Man with the Sack (1937)
The Border-line Case (1936)
The Case of the Widow (1936)
The Case of the Pro and the Con (1936)
The Case of the Old Man in the Window (1936)


Mr. Campion and Others (1939)campion others
Detective: Campion & Others

 

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Note: All the early Allingham stories. Various editions with slightly different collections. First  published in 1939, significantly changed in 1950 with the Border-line Case removed, and the “miscellaneous stories replaced with five more of Mr Campion’s exploits”.

Included in 1939 edition (14):

Campion Stories:
The Border-Line Case (1936)
The Case of the Frenchman’s Gloves (1938)
The Case of the Hat Trick (1938)
The Case of the Longer View (1938)
The Case of the Name on the Wrapper (1938)
The Case of the Old Man in the Window (1936)
The Case of the Question Mark (1938)
The Case of the White Elephant (1936)
The Case of the Widow (1936)

Other Stories:
It Didn’t Work Out (1937?)
The Mistress in the House (1938)
The Perfect Butler (1935)
Publicity (1939)
They Never Get Caught (1934)

Included in 1950 edition (13):

The Widow (1939)
The Old Man in the Window (1936)
The White Elephant (1936)
The Name on the Wrapper (1947)
The Hat Trick (1945)
The Question Mark (1941)
The Frenchman’s Gloves (1947)
The Longer View (1946)

New Campion stories:
Safe as Houses (1944)
The Definite Article (1937)
The Meaning of the Act (1943)
A Matter of Form (1940)
The Danger Point (1948)

Some editions may also contain:
The Case is Altered (1938)

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The Case Book of Mr Campion (1947)Casebook Campion
Detective: Albert Canpion

 

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Note: A few reprints of stories from Campion & Others (1950)

Includes:

The Case of the Question Mark
The Crimson Letters
The Definite Article
The Magic Hat
A Matter of Form
The Meaning of the Act
Safe as Houses


Allingham CasebookThe Allingham Casebook (1968)
Detective: Campion

 

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Note: A great collection of Allingham stories!

Includes:

Tall Story
Three is a Lucky Number
The Villa Maria Celeste
The Psychologist
Little Miss Know-All
One Morning They’ll Hang Him
The Lieabout
Face Value
Evidence in Camera
Joke Over
The Lying-In-State
The Pro and the Con
Is There a Doctor in the House?
The Borderline Case
They Never Get Caught
The Mind’s Eye Mystery
Mum Knows Best
The Snapdragon and the C.I.D.


allingham minibusThe Allingham Minibus (1973)
AKA: Mr. Campion’s Lucky Day 1992 
Detective: Campion

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Note: Another  great collection of Allingham stories!

Includes:

He Was Asking After You
Publicity
The Perfect Butler
The Barbarian
Mr. Campion’s Lucky Day
‘Tis Not Hereafter
The Correspondents
He Preferred Them Sad
The Unseen Door
Bird Thou Never Wert
The Same to Us
She Heard It on the Radio
The Man with the Sack
The Secret
A Quarter of a Million
The Pioneers
The Sexton’s Wife
The Wink


Friend CampionMy Friend Mr. Campion & Other Mysteries (1973)
Detective: Campion

 

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Note: A short into & reprint of  Mr. Campion: Criminologist (1937)

Includes:

My Friend, Mr. Campion
The Case of the Man with the Sack
The Case of the White Elephant
The Case of the Old Man in the Window
The Case of the Late Pig
The Definite Article


return campionThe Return of Mr. Campion (1989)
Detective: Campion

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Note: A collection of various hard to find stories.

Includes:

The Case is Altered
My Friend Mr. Campion
The Dog Day
The Wind Glass
The Beauty King
The Black Tent
Sweet and Low
Once in a Lifetime
The Kernel of Truth
Happy Christmas
The Wisdom of Esdras
The Curious Affair in Nut Row
What to do with an Aging Detective


Campion DVD Collections


campion 1Campion – Season 1
BBC TV Series

Best Review
****

Available in a boxed DVD set.

DVD Set  Amazon.ca

Note: Series 1 – 1989

Includes:

“Look to the Lady”
A mystery surrounding an ancient chalice. 

“Police at the Funeral”
The death of a member of a wealthy family. 

“The Case of the Late Pig”
A man appears to have died twice. 

“Death of a Ghost”
A painter’s legacy leads to murder. 


campion 2Campion – Season 2
BBC TV Series

Best Review
****

Available in a boxed DVD set.

DVD set   Amazon.ca

Note: Series 2 – 1990

“Sweet Danger”
The ownership of a tiny kingdom leads to a deadly treasure hunt. 

“Dancers in Mourning”
A series of pranks, and worse, upset a leading theatre star and his bizarre household. 

“Flowers for the Judge”
Murder visits a respectable London publishing house. 

“Mystery Mile”
Campion must protect the family of an American judge on the trail of a sinister crime boss.


tiger movieTiger in The Smoke (UK film) (1956)

Best Review
****

Available only online

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Starring:  Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright, Bernard Miles and Christopher Rhodes.


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