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The White Cottage Mystery

An Albert Campion Mystery
Narrated by: William Gaminara
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Seven people might have murdered Eric Crowther, the mysterious recluse who lived in the gaunt house whose shadow fell across the White Cottage. Seven people had good cause. It was not lack of evidence that sent Detective Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry half across Europe to unravel a chaos of clues.

The White Cottage Mystery was Margery Allingham's first detective story, published initially as a newspaper serial.

Margery Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family immersed in literature. Her first novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was published in 1923 when she was 19. Her first work of detective fiction was a serialized story published by the Daily Express in 1927. Entitled The White Cottage Mystery, it contained atypical themes for a woman writer of the era. Her breakthrough occurred in 1929 with the publication of The Crime at Black Dudley. This introduced Albert Campion, albeit originally as a minor character. He returned in Mystery Mile, thanks in part to pressure from her American publishers, much taken with the character. Campion proved so successful that Allingham made him the centrepiece of another 17 novels and over 20 short stories, continuing into the 1960s.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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Where's Albert?

Where does The White Cottage Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

No sign of Albert Campion in this rather unexciting tale.

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I think the characters are too undefined and just one dimensional upper class people. It was hard to care about them and therefore I was not really drawn into the story.

What about William Gaminara’s performance did you like?

I am afraid I did not like the readers voice which sometimes sounded like he had a dry or sore throat and not as expressive as other voices I have heard.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not listen in one sitting and it took a while to get in to.

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Odd, but good.

William Gaminara is the perfect reader for this gentle 'who dunnit' A good selection of accents and voices brought the characters to life especially of the Italian and the old lag. It was wrongly advertised as an Albert Campion story and I kept expecting him to show up at some point. This, though is not the fault of the story, rather the ineptitude of the blurb writer. Typical Margery Allingham though perhaps not as dark as some of her storylines. She is a good drawer or character and the plot is convoluted enough to keep interest. It is enjoyable and worth listening to. I will also get a copy of the book now and see how it comes directly off the page.

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  • Lorraine M. Davis
  • 07-04-14

This is not an Albert Campion Mystery

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I always enjoy Margery Allingham, but this book is labeled on Audible as an Albert Campion Mystery and unless Campion used his most clever disguise ever, he does not appear in this book. Simply stated: This book is mislabeled. Relatively bland as Allingham books go. The police legwork without the delightful twists the Campion books are known for.

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  • ANH
  • 31-01-15

Mystery

Most enjoyable. Did not pick the outcome for quite awhile. Held my interest and I will now try other Margery Allingham books. I liked the character of WT. The narrator was excellent and I would listen to him again.

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  • Eveline Howells
  • 16-08-17

The white cottage mystery by Marjory Allingham

read by William Gaminara.

A mystery and romance story, I found it a little boring and in places not very clear. The time period confusing. I was dissapointed with this tale.

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  • Bethany
  • 02-07-17

Loved this story

This author & narrator are new to me and this is the first I've listened to that didn't feature the character Campion (who I like). What an extraordinary ending! I really love this author and narrator

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  • notlad
  • 09-07-17

Excellent!

I truly enjoyed this book. I do love Albert Campion, but he has no part n this mystery. Nevertheless, I found it very interesting and really could not put it down until the end.

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  • ner_do_well
  • 24-03-17

Not read by David Thorpe

Great story. Performer was very good. But sorry it wasn't David Thorpe who stands at the top.

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  • Margaret E. Perry
  • 24-06-19

(Not Albert Campion) But Still Fun!

Allingham's first mystery, and frankly, not her best, but still worth listening to / reading for all those who love her work!