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Summary

Albert Campion is summoned to the village of Kepesake to investigate a particularly distasteful death. The body turns out to be that of Pig Peters, freshly killed five months after his own funeral.

Soon other corpses start to turn up, just as Peter's body goes missing. It takes all Campion's coolly incisive powers of detection to unravel the crime.

Margery Allingham was a prolific writer who sold her first story at age eight and published her first novel before turning 20. Allingham went on to become one of the preeminent writers who helped bring the detective story to maturity in the 1920s and 1930s.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever" (Sara Paretsky )

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Great story badly read.

Margery Allingham must be turning in her grave. Very sadly, the narrator has confused the highly intelligent and infinitely subtle Albert Campion with Bertie Wooster. I see that one reviewer was misled by this interpretation into taking Campion for an arrogant twerp - a great pity as that person will presumably not bother with all the rest of the marvellous Campion stories. Francis Matthews, who did other Campion audiobooks, was spot on, setting just the right tone. Surely someone could be found to carry on in a similar style (one doesn't expect a pastiche), instead of producing this complete misinterpretation of the central character.
I am only persevering with this narrator because (a) I already know how good the actual stories are; (b) I have set out to listen to the entire Campion series; and (c) I cannot find any other unabridged recording. Nevertheless, it is very hard work ignoring the narrator's style in order to focus on the quality of the actual narrative.

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Racist N word! Clean it up!!

Great story ruined by the use of the N word!! How can you release an audible book with that in it?? Clean it up!!

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BETTER. THAN EVER!

Campion, the wonderful Lugg and all the wonderful, impossibly plausible characters in his ever-so-slightly rose-tinted world between and during one of the Wars, improve like old wine after being 'rested' for a time.
Even Allingham incisive revelations of now outdated ideas and attidudes in the earlier works does not detract from the freshness, wry wisdom and understanding of the social mores and human nature to be found on every return to the fascinating lives and times of Albert, Amanda, Lugg and all their wierd and wonderful contempories! Just to think that the affable, attractive and quietly brilliant, ageless Albert should now be 120!!!
And as for the indomitable Lugg..........

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strange story

Strange story but not worth the fee, and the narrators voice was just grinding.

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Not my cup of tea

This is not what I thought it would be, I will not be getting another of this author's books.

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Another classic Campion novel

Lots of fun and jolly japes for Campion and Lugg, interesting characters introduced and a fun story (if murder can be thus described). It is written in the first person and David Thorpe does a great job of narrating. I prefer Francis Matthew’s Campion voice but t
narration from David Thorpe is always brilliant and enjoyable.

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Excellent Allingham story for audio reading

The reader spoilt this for me as this was not the Albert Campion of my reading. "Played all the tight notes but not necessarily in the right order" seemed to sum it up. This reader by the use of tone or inflection made Campion into an egotistical effete idiot. I couldnt like him.

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The Case of the Late Pig

This is another dark mystery where people are Dieing all over the place. Read brilliantly again by David Thorpe.

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Humour that actually works in a crime novel

This was my first experience of Margery Allingham and what a delightful period-piece romp it was! I hadn't expected it to be so funny, with deliberately larger than life characters and some rather ridiculous goings-on, as well as an intriguing and imaginative case. (I tend to find humour and murder mysteries an uncomfortable mix, so it's lucky I came to the book blind, or I may get have denied myself a lot of fun!)

The tale is performed brilliantly by David Thorpe, who has a whole array of suitable voices at his command. I look forward to joining Campion on further adventures with him as my guide.

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A bit short

Not long enough for the usual complex plot but still complicated enough to keep listening. Perfectly read.