LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Umm.... I'm not sure exactly what to think about this one. I am on the fence about Albert Campion. I enjoyed The Crime at Black Dudley but then absolutely detested Fashion in Shrouds. The Tiger in the Smoke, which is supposed to be one of Margery Allingham's best and most famous, left me perplexed. Albert Campion is attempting to locate the hereditary rights to a small, but valuable, island in the Balkans. The British government gifted the land to the crazy Pontisbright family many years back as some sort of hilarious joke, but following an earthquake, the land is now believed to be extremely valuable. The family has allegedly died out, but the current residents, the Fittons, claim to be heirs to the Pontisbright earldom. Albert and his friends travel to Pontisbright, where they reside with the Fittons - three plucky, young orphans, who themselves are searching for evidence to provide their lineage. Anyway, stuff happens, all of it rather convoluted and bizarre. There is this weird side plot involving the local doctor who becomes obsessed by witchcraft and who kidnaps one of the villains, mistaking him for some sort of demon. SERIOUSLY! There isn't exactly a murder - people end up dead, but it turns out that this extremely rich business man also wants to own the island, so he sets out to destroy any links to the Pontisbright family. I requested this from the library because I was interested in the love story between Albert Campion and his future wife, Amanda Fitton. Lame, I know. But it turned out to be annoying because: 1. Albert is 32 and Amanda is 17. Though nothing untoward happens, Amanda asks him to wait six years for her; 2. Amanda is headstrong and I found it so annoying. She kept behaving irrationally - which we learn was because she was really assisting Albert, who was still in hiding, but everyone becomes exasperated with her for her behavior, and that included me. I have More Work for the Undertaker from the library, but I have a feeling I'm about done with Margery Allingham.
Review: Sweet Danger (Albert Campion #5)User Review - Goodreads
First published in 1933 and although I enjoyed this one I still prefer the more mature character of Campion in the later books. At times it had more of the flavour of a John Buchan adventure story rather than a mystery, not that that's a bad thing.