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Look to the Lady

An Albert Campion Mystery
Lu par : David Thorpe
Série : Albert Campion, Volume 3
Durée : 8 h et 27 min

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A sacred chalice leads to murder,

The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens. These people cherish a desire to possess for their own private pleasure treasure that cannot be bought. And it was by this sort of person that the Chalice, and the lives and happiness of its guardians, were now threatened.

Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was 17. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion

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  • Meep
  • 16/11/2013

Love the start to this one, like the reader

What did you love best about Look to the Lady?

I like David Thorpe as reader for these books much better than Frances Matthews. I wrote a small novel about why in my review of, "The Crime at Black Dudley" and I will just add to it by saying that I think he's even better here than he was there, and that he reads Campion AS ALLINGHAM WROTE HIM which is what I like in a reader. Allingham was finding her range with this story, and it's got some splendid scenes in it, a great story line, and a lovely supernatural element as well. Plus, it introduces Lugg, Campions right hand man and one of my favorite characters in fiction. I highly recommend this both for the story and the fact that is is well read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Look to the Lady?

I'm fond of the relationship between Lugg and the butler at the Gyrth estate. I also enjoy the way this one starts,with the homeless man mysteriously summoned to Campions flat in an….unusual… way

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?

Always very fond of Lugg.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me cry, but the dialog made me laugh more than once. It's witty and sharp and has the inimitable dry British wit that I love.

Any additional comments?

If you love Golden Age mysteries, you will probably enjoy this.

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  • Marie
  • 05/01/2015

Kept me up listening

A wonderful listen. Campion is in fine fettle in this story about a gang of art thieves and a holy relic. Plenty of plot twists will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • Gavin Scott
  • 10/10/2014

Appalling voice for the hero

How could the performance have been better?

David Thorpe gives detective Albert Campion a high-pitched, silly ass voice which almost spoils the otherwise excellent book.

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  • C. Allen
  • 21/10/2015

Great classic

Very well read with great voices.
For anyone who enjoys a classic mystery in the style of Sayers or Christie.

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  • JBW
  • 22/05/2015

Back to being as fun as the first

What did you love best about Look to the Lady?

Albert Campion is back to his best as a down on his luck nobility insider acting the part of an inane hanger-on while working to help a client in dire straits.

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  • julia warner
  • 10/11/2019

gripping, exciting and thrilling.

may need to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything. What a thrill.

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  • GoForItOldLady
  • 11/05/2019

The best of the series so far

This story is quite imaginative and engaging. Our hero’s irrepressible wit and spirit shine through.

Anyone who enjoys the wonderfully dry British humor, and who appreciates a good mystery without a lot of gore, will find this book to his or her liking.

The narrator, David Thorpe, is superb. He carries off many different dialects and accents as if he had been born in each of them. His characterization of the sometimes-fatuous Campion is just right. It captures the humor without turning the man into a clown.

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  • Valerie
  • 11/11/2018

Our first encounter with Amanda

The writing in this fun mystery is delightful. The story is one that I read decades ago and bought again without realizing which one it was. I was pleased to discover that it was one I had enjoyed and remembered fairly well. This can't be said for most of the mysteries I buy and listen to these days. I often get to listen to them at least twice before remembering anything about them. The story is, in essence, pretty silly but our heroine is a delight and the writing is first-rate. The opening and many of the scenes are indeed memorable. I think Amanda appears only in one other novel (also a good one), but she does show up somewhere in an afterward that cements her importance in our hero's life. FYI, I think Allingham's best novel is Tiger in the Smoke.

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  • Stephen W Osborne
  • 14/04/2017

Best in the series so far...

The best of the Campions so far. Campion is not really a detective, more an adventurer for hire. Here he's protecting a family and their big secret, a chalice of great historical value. There's rumors of a ghost in a clearing, shady characters all around, and a room in the castle tower with seemingly no way in. It's fun nonsense, and Campion is beginning to really come into his own in this 3rd outing.

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  • Helen L.
  • 11/04/2017

Great tale well told

Lovely and precise writing and fine narration combine to make this a delightful listening experience. The mystery holds suspense but the story's appeal lies as much in the countryside and the characters as in the treasured chalice and its whereabouts. Campion is a hoot. The American accents are not great, and certainly not of New England, but it matters not. The professor saves the day. I'll say no more.

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  • Theresia
  • 26/04/2016

Nice Story, nice before sleeping

Want to improve my English, that works. I enjoyed it, nur not to be compared with Agatha Christies stuft.

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