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Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion) [Kindle Edition]

Margery Allingham
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Book Description

Amateur detective Albert Campion is summoned to Cambridge to assist the Faraday family with a mystery. He must untangle a web of family resentments and discover the truth behind the disappearance of one of the Faraday cousins, vanished without trace one Sunday morning after church, only to be found dead ina secluded stream. Matters are complicated further by the murder of Julia, one of the Faraday sisters, poisoned by her morning cup of tea. Campion must unravel a chillingly ingenious plot, strewn with red herrings to get to the real secret of the Faradays.

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

About the Author

MARGERY ALLINGHAM was born in London in 1904. She sold her first story at age 8 and published her first novel before turning 20. She married the artist, journalist and editor Philip Youngman Carter in 1927. In 1928 Allingham published her first detective story, The White Cottage Mystery, and the following year, in The Crime at Black Dudley, she introduced the detective who was to become the hallmark of her sophisticated crime novels and murder mysteries -- Albert Campion. Famous for her London thrillers, such as Hide My Eyes and The Tiger in the Smoke, Margery Allingham has been compared to Dickens in her evocation of the city's shady underworld. Acclaimed by crime novelists such as P.D. James, Allingham is counted alongside Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Gladys Mitchell as a pre-eminent Golden Age crime writer. Margery Allingham died in 1966.

Product Details

  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009950734X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PFD Books (October 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G9A5Y1U
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Curriculum for Cambridge March 27, 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age At Its Best June 5, 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Families can be so trying at times April 16, 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
(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 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's a pleasant enough read, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Published 6 days ago by gammarae
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Allingham Success
If you love Allingham and Campion, you will love this one. I long ago stopped trying to figure out if I had her bested; I just enjoy the ride. These are the best!
Published 8 days ago by Portianay
4.0 out of 5 stars Police at the Funeral
Interesting prose. The characters are quaint. The story pulls the reader into the plot. The ending provides information the most curious reader needs!
Published 28 days ago by Glenna Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good solid campion murder mystery. good plot line, well developed
Published 2 months ago by lisa marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Early Work by a Mistress of the Craft
An early book by one of the British Classic Mystery writers. As one would expect, the central focus is on an ancient mansion and the current heirs to a long tradition in Great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars I hadn't a clue
Usually I can work out the guilty party about halfway through any murder mystery, but this one had me guessing-and guessing wrong-almost to the last page. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacquelyn Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book.
Published 3 months ago by MH
4.0 out of 5 stars A World Familiar Yet Totally Fresh
Another Campion triumph. Like any superior mystery, this takes the reader to another world that is of ours yet outside ours. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Freeman Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars you will enjoy seeing Allingham filling out his character
Unpleasant dysfunctional family. (Yes they even had them in the 1930's.) But if you are a big fan of Campion, you will enjoy seeing Allingham filling out his character. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mary Wylie
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British manor house mystery
This early 20th C. mystery set in the English countryside almost entirely within the confines of claustrophobically moody manor house peopled with an antique dysfunctional family... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth du Fresne
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