The unrivalled Albert Campion returns to solve another shocking murder - classic crime fiction at its very best. J.S. Lafcadio, the painter, is dead. He wanted lasting fame and he left instructions to his wife for one painting to be exhibited every year after his death. Eight years later in Little Venice, a group of friends and family gather to view the painting. They are treated instead to a murder....
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Yes it is a gentle but compelling mystery, as the best of Margery Allingham always are, dark in places and yet somehow cosy and comforting. My son used to listen to the tapes as bedtime stories and now thanks to Audible and the Magic of MP3 we both can relive that time all over again even though he is nearly 30 now.
the ghost - a totally fictional artist but such a compellingly drawn rouge that you wish he was real just so you could see his artwork
Francis Matthews used to do all of the Albert Campion books, and his voice is a perfect match for them, happily satirical but warm and generous to the listener. It is sad that so few of his recordings on this website. the narrators on the other titles, while excellent for other stories, read these Campions too quickly, too sharply, these are cosy armchairs of books,and should be read as such. I advise anyone to get the stories read by him first!
it is a much more subtle story than that - you tend to have a quiet smile on your face through out. Though it's not a rice pudding of a story, it has some wonderful twists.
I am enjoying my retirement. Living part time in France . Going to the theatre and reading or listening to crime novels.
Margery Allingham created an unusual amateur sleuth in Campion. He moves in a society we no longer have and it is a delight to read about it. The crimes he solves are intriguing and in this case peopled by eccentrics which adds a touch of humour.
This had never been my favorite Allingham but I am thrilled to have more of my favorite series available on Audible. I have always admired the lightheartedness of Margery Allingham's books. They are silly and they know it but they are good fun to read.
The story is well read by Francis Matthews, who is my favorite narrator for the Campion series (I have them all on cassette). I just hope I am not the only one who loves these books and that Audible releases the full collection unabridged. I would love to see the Gyrth Chalice, Beckoning Lady, Traitor's Purse and The China Shepherdess available here.
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