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Summary

Fact catches up with fiction when the secret of telepathic communication is discovered. But the device at the centre of the mystery is in the possession of two schoolboys and whether they stole it or invented it, there are powerful interests who will kill to get hold of it.

Albert Campion faces as deadly a challenge as any in his career. As urbane as Lord Wimsey.as ingenious as Poirot. Meet one of crime fiction's Great Detectives, Mr Albert Campion.

©2008 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light. Everything she writes has a definite shape...each book has its own separate and distinctive background" ( Agatha Christie)
"Miss Allingham has a strong, well controlled sense of humour, a power of suggesting character with a few touches and an excellent English style. She has a sense of the fantastic, and is never dull" ( Times Literary Supplement)
"The real queen of crime" ( Guardian)

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Book Not Suitable for Audio

This book is just not suitable for an audiobook. So many characters, so many names, so many events to follow. It would be confusing enough with a paperback but probably doable, as I could look back at some sections and take some notes with character names etc. It would probably help to have a character name before each section, but still, mightily confusing. Head-hopping, character soup. It's not author's best work. Still, some books are just compliecated like that, and producers should know better than to record them. I know, market, money, yes. But don't be surprised when one star reviews show up...

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loved it all campion series is so good.

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

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confusing

this is the last written by Margery Allingham that l could find with my dear Albert, i have loved them all except perhaps this one, didn't enjoy the story line at all, dont miss Mike. Ripley version of Albert

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Not that bad !

this is admittedly one of the more complex Campion plots and with the benefit of several decades of hindsight the technology does seem a bit unlikely , however I don't think it bears the one star reviews slating it , yes it has several groups of characters but they do all come together and need to be there to offer the alternative scenarios without giving the game away the eventual explanation of who is behind the sinister new technology is quite clever .
maybe it's just me but I was able to follow the characters and plot fine and although not one of her best it was perfectly listenable .

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Highly complex plot as you would expect from this spy/mystery story - but great fun as always.

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The Mind Readers

Very into the future story line, with a great mystery along the way, read brilliantly again by David Thorpe.

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very poor.

I'm usually a great fan of Margery Allingham but I found this story very difficult to follow and completely unbelievable.

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A load of old tosh.

A load of old tosh. And ten other words because a review requires 15. Apparently.

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  • 09-08-16

Satisfying!

One of the best, featuring Canon Averill who played such a big part in Tiger in the Smoke.

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  • 12-06-22

mainly a spy thriller

The secret weapon that is the center of the story is ESP. a prevailing subject of the time. but the spy story is the main attraction. as always beautifully plotted with lots of interesting characters.

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  • elvenfair
  • 14-01-21

not one of the best

rather hard to follow and fairly boring. reader was great. recommend other allingham books-this one can take a miss.

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  • Judy MF
  • 02-09-20

very disappointed

This book was very disappointing--a big build-up and big letdown for an ending. Read very well.