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Summary

An Albert Campion mystery.

In a masterpiece of storytelling, Margery Allingham sends her elegant and engaging detective Albert Campion into the eccentric Palinode household, where there have been two suspicious deaths.

And if poisoning were not enough, there are also anonymous letters, sudden violence and a vanishing coffin. Meanwhile the Palinodes go about their nocturnal business and Campion dices with danger in his efforts to find the truth.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Miss Allingham is one of the few writers who can deal with art. Both her passions and her patterns are beautiful, accurate and serene" ( Daily Telegraph)
"Margery Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world" ( Tatler)
"Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered" (P.D. James)

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Outstanding Campion mystery

Marjory Allingham is often compared to Agatha Christie but a fairer comparison would be with Dickens. Like him, she brings the London of her day to life with all its sights and smells and contrasts of poverty and opulence. She, has an unerring ear for dialogue and is often funny, and (again like Dickens) her characters sometimes border on the grotesque with names to match (Jas Bowels the undertaker for example) but they always convince as real, complex, often pathetic people. She's a sharp and wicked observer but always humane and compassionate. The stories are more than a bit far fetched! - But no less enjoyable for that, and More Work for the Undertaker is one of her best. David Thorpe is an excellent reader - different from Philip Franks who also reads her novels, but just as good.

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Good Story Spoiled for Me

If you could sum up More Work for the Undertaker in three words, what would they be?

In my view only, one of the best Albert Campion Story's totally spoiled by the reading

What other book might you compare More Work for the Undertaker to, and why?

Not really

Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

I have already purchased another Albert Campion by this reader as it is another favourite. I should have waited!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, the whole book just sort of carries you off on the merry-go-round of strange characters

Any additional comments?

Sorry but I will have to stick with the abridged version which was very well read by Philip Franks

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More work for the undertaker

Absolutely boring, l couldn’t work out what it was all about. I had never read Margery Allingham before and l won’t be reading any more

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Peculiar tale

The story is a bit odd and the narration is terrible. Why the narrator has used such stupid voices I have no idea but it completely spoils this book.

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Ok story, bad character voices

I've liked this narrator in the previous books, but in this case... Some of the character's voices were so horrible I had to skip quite a bit. Lawrence for example, made my blood pressure climb so much I got a migraine creeping on. I couldn't focus on the dialogue.

The story was all right, but not the best one.

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Tricky

Needs concentration to keep up with the complex plotting. Very well narrated by David Thorpe as usual.

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More Work for the Undertaker

A brilliant murder mystery, with so many different crimes going on all over the town. Read brilliantly again by David Thorpe.

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One of her best.

Packed with so many lively, complex characters, situations and bizarre disclosures, this is one of my favorite Allingham's, one of her funniest and most surreal mysteries, voiced with aplomb by David Thorpe.

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fantastic campion

loved it all campion series is so good .brilliantly penned. golden age authors are great

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  • 22-07-15

Once again Allingham draws a complete picture of a past time

We're in the post-WWII era now, but the victim's family refuses to admit that times have changed. What hasn't changed is the delightful back-and-forth between Campion and his curmudgeonly upwardly-mobile gentleman's gentleman, Lug. Introduces a new member of the police whom I hope we meet again. As usual, Thorpe brings the disparate cast of characters brilliantly to life.

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  • 14-06-22

My favorite of the series

Allingham’s writing is such a pleasure, her affection for, and understanding of, people so clear, and her humor so quick, well written and joyful- it’s just a delight clear through.
The reader “does the voices” of the various characters well, though Campion is given a falsetto, which is unnecessary- and one character has a voice that the author describes as “honking like a goose”. This is read as written and a bit much if you’re planning to be “read to sleep”! But his Lugg and the new policeman she introduces are both brilliantly created in his reading. I listened twice in succession just for the pleasure.

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  • Elizabeth S. Smith
  • 13-10-19

Plot unnecessarily devious and complicated. Narrator’s accents difficult to understand

Other than that, I always love Allingham and Campion. Explanation at the end not entirely clear.

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  • Susan C.
  • 02-10-15

One for the ages

This is one of my favorite books, full of color and character and plot. The narrator seems to be having as much fun burrowing into these wonderful characters as I have every time
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