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Mr Campion and Others 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 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 yo 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 severa 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 severalCampion 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 Wonderful and entertaining. 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 wrotememorable novels than short stories their novels havedepth and complexity, generally succeeding as both genre fiction and lasting literature, while their short stories 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 wrotememorable novels than short stories their novels havedepth and complexity, generally succeeding as both genre fiction and lasting literature, while their short stories show muchevidence 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 grewindividual, 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

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