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Mr Campion's Farewell

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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A Margery Allingham Campion mystery.

Strange things happen in the picture-postcard English village of Lindsay Carfax. When a young man falls into a quarry, it takes nine days to find the body. When rowdy hippies descend on the village, they're given nine days to leave. When an outspoken schoolmaster is kidnapped for nine days, he stays eerily quiet after his release. 

Now Albert Campion has come to town - and he means to investigate all this strangeness. But whoever is behind the unusual goings - on quickly makes it very clear that his nosing around is not welcome. Undeterred by threats, Campion is determined to expose the criminal masterminds hiding in this sleepy village.

©2019 Mike Ripley (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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Campion Revisited

Over the years, I've read nearly all of Margery Allingham's Campion books and was interested to see this on offer. I have to admit I put off buying this as books by other authors are not always up to the original writer's standards. However, from what I understand, this is a book written partially by Margery Allingham (or at least from work sketched out previously). It's actually hard to tell which bits are Allingham and which are Ripley's. The style is total Campion and enjoyable. It was nice to see cameos from characters in previous books, although Lugg is retired. The book reminded me somewhat of Traitor's Purse (not sure why, maybe the secret passages and the village being owned by a secret society). The book labours a bit but then some of Allingham's work tended to. She always filled some characters out very fully. As for narration … well, I'm sorry but I detest David Thorpe's voice. That's probably part personal idiosyncrasy and partly due to have listened to stunning renditions of Allingham's books by Francis Matthews and Philip Franks. David Thorpe just doesn't do the job as far as I'm concerned. Overall, very good and I'll watch for more from Mike Ripley to see what he can do on his own.

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  • D. Gredler
  • 20-11-19

I loved this book

Mike Ripley did a very good job of keeping the Margery Allingham distinctions in this book. It did flag occasionally but never for long enough to detract from the book. A lot of humor and hearing it in David Thorpe’s voice was the final touch that made this book so entertaining.