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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Penguin (1975)
  • ASIN: B001E2ZR2O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,060,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is original and ingenious.
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Our serial detective meets Amanda, his future wife in this story.
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I've always enjoyed books from that period and before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on March 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
And Campion has to find the lost Pontisbright heir who is the rightful owner before the "other parties" manage to find it first. At stake, a natural harbour on the Adriatic with its own supply of oil. Campion has to solve the riddle of the Pontisbright oak, evade capture, and find the missing papers that will allow Averna to stay in British hands. Along the way, he has to solve the mystery of the fear sign carved into the town walls.
Campion, for those of you who don't know him, is a spy in the line of Lord Peter Wimsey-- seemingly effete and ineffective, his demeanor hides deadly incision and a sharp wit. The Fear Sign is a memorable addition to his canon of books.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Travelling through France, Guffy Randall is surprised to find his old friend Campion and several of their cohorts masquerading as minor nobility. Quickly sucked into the plot, Guffy discovers that Campion is seeking various pieces of evidence that would prove that a tiny piece of very valuable coastline really belongs to England. Hardly have they begun when they discover that the real answer to the mystery is closer to home, at Pontisbright in West Sussex. Off the crew goes to rescue the evidence before it falls into the hands of their devious opponent Brett Savanake.
"The Fear Sign" combines all the key elements that that Margery Allingham uses to create her classic British adventure stories starring our universal uncle, Albert Campion. Aside from Campion's company of young British upper-class, the novel also stars Amanda, Mary and Hal Fitton (plus Aunt Hatt), who are the possible (and possible illegitimate) Pontisbright heirs, a supporting cast of appropriately quirky villages and a complete host of villains.
In short order Guffy is in love with Mary, Campion has found a partner in Amanda and even Lugg has a new buddy in Scatty Williams. When Amanda shows Campion an old verse carved into a hidden tree bole the chase is on.
"If Pontisbright would crowned be, three strange happenings must he see. The diamond must be rent in twain before he wear his crown again. Thrice must the mighty bell be tolled before he shall the scepter hold, and ere he to his birthright come stricken must be Malplaquet drum."
With this clue in hand Campion sets off to save the kingdom and reinstate the Fittons to their title, followed close at hand by Brett Savanake. Then, no soon do they start their quest, but Campion disappears, leaving Guffy and the rest to proceed on their own.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Hunter on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Fear Sign, by Margery Allingham, is a very funny book, in a twee British sort of way, but does not succeed as effectively as some of her others in the area of mystery in the novel itself. There are a few suspenseful moments, but very few, and the there is really no mystery to much of the story. The bad guys are the bad guys and the good guys are the good guys and except for possibly one incidence of cross dressing, nothing that is revealed will be a surprise to the reader. I do think the author did not intend any surprises, merely a plot to hang her crazy characters upon. Having said that, if you already love Campion and his friends, you will love this book. For those looking for a myster, it could prove a dissappointment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Margery Allingham's Fear Sign appears complete and unabridged, paired with Francis Matthews' compelling and dramatic voice which brings to life the Albert Campion mystery of a cursed village and a murder. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will appreciate both the problem-solving methods and the tough of comedy, brought to life by British reader Matthews.
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Partially narrated by the brave but clueless Guffy Randall, this mystery has Albert Campion searching for the lost regalia of the tiny kingdom of Averna. Our serial detective meets Amanda, his future wife in this story. He'll have to wait six years, though, to marry his 'rum little grig.'

I have to ask myself, would I marry someone who called me a 'rum little grig,' right after I had taken a couple of bullets for him?

Okay, if it were Campion, yes.

At the novel's beginning, we find Allingham's unassuming hero wandering about Europe, masquerading as the Hereditary Paladin of Averna, a miniscule Balkan state where oil has just been discovered. He 'intercepts' (Lugg steals) a message indicating that the real heir to Averna lives quietly in Suffolk, and that's where the treasure is to be found. So Campion and his 'court' head to the Pontisbright estate in rural England to see if they can discover the crown jewels of Averna and various important documents before the bad guys beat them to it.

"Sweet Danger" is more thriller than mystery. In order to find the hidden treasure, Campion must decipher three clues in a mysterious poem: "If Pontisbright would crowned be,/ Three strange happenings must he see,/ The diamond must be rent in twain/ Before he wear his crown again./ Thrice must the mighty bell be toll'd/ Before he shall the scepter hold,/ And ere he to his birthright come/ Stricken must be Malplaquet drum."

Meanwhile, the countryside is chock-a-block with roving bands of villains, who break into the true heir's dwelling at will. Amanda can hardly keep her mill in working order without stumbling over yet another bad guy who is searching for the treasure.
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