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Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion) Kindle Edition

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“Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered.”
–P.D. James

About the Author

Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was seventeen. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion.

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  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009950734X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PFD Books (October 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G9A5Y1U
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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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Coincidence and madness are the twin themes of "Police at the Funeral." The book starts out when a planned meeting between Campion and Joyce Blount turns into an accidental meeting with Inspector Stanislaus Oates and a peculiarly unpleasant fellow who takes one look at Joyce and flees. From there the tale follows a twisted path.
Joyce is the fiancée of Marcus Featherstone, one of Campion's oldest friends. She lives with her great aunt Caroline, a pair of unpleasant uncles and an equally depressing brace of aunts. Uncle Andrew, a singularly miserable fellow, has vanished and Joyce has come to Campion for help. In short order Andrew is found murdered in such a fashion as to implicate his heavy drinking brother William. Campion's presence is commanded by Great Aunt Caroline and he is settled into Socrates Close, their Cambridge home, to act as detective, defender and general factotum.
Yes, I said commanded. Great Aunt Caroline Faraday is a true Victorian 'grand dame.' For most of her life she has ruled Socrates Close and much of Cambridge's social life. Even now, in her 90's she is a force to be reckoned with. She has no patience with her dependents, who share little of her and her departed husband's brilliance. She sees no alternative to the ministrations of Campion, with whose mysterious but illustrious family she is well acquainted.
It will take the death of one of Joyce's aunts and yet another fatality before Campion is able to meet her expectations. In doing so he will brush with evil at its most petty and spiteful. The lightheartedness that Campion uses to cover his true feeling entertains and delights us, but is never completely able to dispel the pall that lies upon the great house until the very last, when he once again finds a way through.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bibliomane01 on June 5, 2001
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A diabolical murderer has been at work in the Victorian precincts of the manor known as Socrates Close. The formidable Great Aunt Caroline has all her wits about her, but her family does not and they have been dropping like flies. The police are naturally baffled. Only Albert Campion, faintly redolent of the early Lord Peter Wimsey with his fatuous smile and episcopal connections, stands between the criminal and a particularly nasty victory. This is Golden Age crime in full glory: an extremely ingenious puzzle, very well drawn period characters (Great Aunt Caroline is unforgettable), the usual understated English humour and a villain who is memorable in more than the usual ways. I'm not sure if Margery Allingham ever wrote a better book than this, so sit back, relax, make yourself comfortable and get ready to enjoy a mystery the likes of which they seldom write these days. If it's raining outside, so much the better!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on April 16, 2006
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This 1932 novel is the 3rd in the Campion series. 'Albert Campion' (one of his aliases) has been contacted by an old school friend who has asked Albert to look into a matter for his fiancee's family - the Faradays, it seems that one of his future in-laws is missing. As the young lady is filling in Albert on her uncle's disappearance word arrives that the missing man has been found, unfortunately dead.

Upon arriving at the Faraday household Albert discovers that his grandmother and the matriarch of clan, Aunt Caroline, are old friends. With this entree into the family Campion begins to unearth old family secrets and scandals. Ultimately the truth comes out but not before the body count rises.

Albert Campion has been compared to Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey especially in the earlier novels. The similarities are noticeable in this one but less so than the previous novel, MYSTERY MILE. Campion is still traveling in the close world of upper class old English families and still playing the effete fool. The setting here is Cambridge (as opposed to Wimsey's Oxford) and Campion's police contact Oats, is reminiscent to Wimsey's Parker. Campion though is beginning to remerge from Wimsey's shadow here and developing more of his own style.

The mysteries are intriguing, the clues are all present and challenging enough to keep the reader guessing. This is a great entry into the series, one that fans will not want to miss. It would also be a good place to begin if the earlier books are not available.
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(1931) The middle-aged Faraday 'children' chafe under the iron hand of Great Aunt Caroline, who never made it out of the Age of Victoria. Allingham's serial detective, Albert Campion steps in when Uncle Andrew turns up dead. This is one of the more claustrophobic Campions, as most of the action takes place in Great Aunt Caroline's Victorian mansion in Cambridge, called Socrates Close.

Campion provides a description of himself to his prospective client:

"My amiable idiocy is mainly natural, but it's also my stock-in-trade. I'm honest, tidy, dark as next year's Derby winner, and I'll do all I can [to help you]."

Hints at Campion's noble origin and real name are, in turn, provided by Great Aunt Caroline:

"And now," she continued, turning to Campion, "let me look at you, Rudolph. You're not much like your dear grandmother, but I can see the first family in you...as long as that impossible brother of yours is alive the family responsibilities are being shouldered, and I see no reason why you shouldn't call yourself what you like."

Rudolph! Oh, my!

Inspector Stanislaus, Campion's friend who is brought into the case at Socrates Close believes there's "madness with an 'ism' of some sort" lurking within the house, most emphatically after a second victim drinks a cup of poisoned tea. He could be right. Allingham dresses up a psychologically fraught mystery with mysterious tramps, vicious cats, and gigantic naked footprints outside a window at the murder victims' house.

The solution to this mystery is technically ingenious, and please note that "Police at the Funeral" (1931) was published eight years before Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" (1939).
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