Mystery Mile

Mystery Mile

by Margery Allingham

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Overview

Albert Campion is sailing home when he saves the life of fellow passenger, Judge Crowdy Lobbett. Hunted by the notoriously deadly Simister gang, it seems as though the judge's troubles have followed him from America.

Determined to catch the infamous gang leader, Albert bundles the judge, along with his son Marlowe and beautiful daughter Isopel, to the manor at Mystery Mile, where he hopes to lure the villain out into the open. But the safe haven of Mystery Mile is soon invaded by danger, and when people start disappearing, the race to uncover the enigma of their enemy's true identity becomes ever more urgent.

Mystery Mile, first published in 1930, is the second Margery Allingham novel starring eccentric and well-loved amateur sleuth, Albert Campion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781448216659
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Albert Campion Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 174,227
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Margery Allingham is ranked among the most distinguished and beloved detective fiction writers of the Golden Age alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh. Allingham is J.K. Rowling's favorite Golden Age author and Agatha Christie said of Allingham that out of all the detective stories she remembers, Margery Allingham "stands out like a shining light."

Date of Birth:

May 20, 1904

Date of Death:

June 30, 1966

Place of Birth:

London

Place of Death:

Colchester, Essex, England

Education:

Endsleigh House School, Colchester; the Perse School, Cambridge; and the Regent Street Polytechnic, London

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Mystery Mile (Albert Campion Series #2) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This mystery is a solid example of a pre-Depression mystery with a family of swaggering Americans, a mysterious 'oriental', an English country house and a wonderful villian - Simister. Campion meets the Americans on ship when he saves the father's life. It turns out that it was the fifth attempt on the man's life - he's a judge who has a lead on Simister's identity. The book revolves around Albert's efforts to both protect the judge and track down Simister.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Allingham mystery that features Albert Campion as the main character, and it's excellent fun. Campion takes on a challenge when he agrees to protect a cantankerous American judge from the shadowy gang that's trying to eliminate him. There's kidnapings, fisticuffs, quicksand, smoke bombs, gloating villains, and of course, Albert Campion acting affable and stupid right up until the moment when he saves the day. Thumbs up!
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Campion joins forces with an American judge and his family to put an end to the violent Simister gang. A clever opening and suspenseful right up until the end.CMB
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another disappointing early Allingham. Campion is less consistently fatuous than in his first appearance but still exhibits less than impressive skills at deduction and reasoning. For the greater part of the book this reader was able to deduce the "surprise" that Campion uncovers near the end of the story. As was true in the case of the first Campion book the author appears to have written herself into a corner than required a deus ex machina resolution.Allingham does not play fair with the reader. Indeed at various points in the book three different characters are "holding out" on the reader even though the experiences of one of them is sometimes written in an 'implied omniscience' voice. This reader found the book more interesting for what it said (and did not say) about the class system in England at the time -- in particular in ways in which people were limited in their actions and opportunities by their placement in society. There is no hint in the book that this was unfortunate or unfair for those whose education and freedom were truncated.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I confess, the five stars for this one is primarily for the character, Campion. O. M. G. He's rather Lymond-esqe. Made my little heart go pitty-pat. Must find more books about him--the list inside the front cover says there are 22. Lovely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long descriptions
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was just an OK read.
MysM More than 1 year ago
This novel is classed as vintage classic crime.  Published first in 1929, Mystery Mile is the second in Margery Allingham's Albert Campion private detective series.  Set in about the same time period as Hercule Poirot, Campion starts out on an Atlantic crossing from New York to Dover on a liner called the Elephantine, where an attempt is made on the life of Judge Crowdy Lobbett, retired.  This is not the first attempt to eliminate the judge; there were several incidents in New York where those close to the judge were actually killed.  Campion has a certain mystery about himself:  he seems to have many aliases, and when you ring his number, the call is answered with, "Aphrodite Glue Works".  Like Sherlock Holmes, he has an upstairs flat, only his is above a police station.  Like Lord Peter Wimsey, Campion has a manservant, only his manservant is a reformed criminal with lots of useful contacts.  When stealth is necessary, Campion can go through a restaurant, climb into a dumb waiter in the manager's office, and thus be lifted into his own flat without being observed from the front street.  The police sometimes recommend Campion to people when they, themselves, are unable to assist.  Which is what happens in this case. Until the end of the first chapter, Campion is known only as "a pale young man", seemingly innocuous and foolish, who wanders around with a pet mouse, and inadvertently (or so it seems) prevents Lobbett Sr. from being electrocuted in a shipboard conjuring trick.  Judge Lobbett's son, Marlowe (another great detective name), obtains Campion's calling card.  Once in London, Marlowe tries to obtain police protection for his father, but Crowdy will have none of it.  So on the advice of the police, he contacts Campion. In an attempt to isolate the obstinate judge from crowds of strangers, Campion arranges for the family to rent the manor belonging to friends of his, Giles and Biddy Paget (twenty-three-year-old twins) in Mystery Mile "on the grey marshy coast of Suffolk".  With police stopping incoming cars to the isthmus, and the twins moved into the Dowager House, the judge should be safe and secure.  But, of course, things don't go according to plan. The country setting is wonderful.  The village consists of one shop which contains a post office, and the man running it is considered "foreign" because he is from another county.  The manor grounds have a huge maze of yew which has become rather overgrown in the last few years.  Around the whole village is a ground mist and, at low tide, there are soft spots or "quick patches" in which a man could be "sucked under and completely buried" within minutes.  A country parson affectionately referred to as St. Swithin, is a great friend to the Pagets, and the local character, George (who, being the oldest living member of the main family in the village, considers himself to be mayor), adds some comic relief. Everything starts off well enough, and then an itinerant palmist/fortuneteller arrives. Shortly after his departure, there's a suicide, a disappearance, and a kidnapping.  The suicide victim leaves several clues, one of which is the ivory red knight pictured on the cover page of some editions.  The disappearance of Judge Lobbett occurs in broad daylight and despite the whole village searching everywhere, everyone is completely baffled.  There is never a dull moment in this 'who dunnit.'  Campion's light-hearted, enthusiastic bantering belies his keen mind and deep affection for his friends, and before long, he's enlisting the help of ex-cons to help track down the kidnap victim and rescue her from the London gang who grabbed her.  The suspense heightens when Campion and company climb out a 3rd story window, creep across rooftops in the dark, and fight it out with the gang while smoke obscures the scene, and fire engine sirens can be heard approaching.  But the adventure doesn't end there.  When Campion has to face down the criminal mastermind, the tension is palpable.  You are sure to enjoy this classic mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was witty and had interesting twists. I enjoyed it greatly!
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Character and supporting cast. If this is your first book you might hesitate but they get better and better. Before cell phones when people still took ocean liners! Have all in series in soft cover they are being reissued. M.A.@sparta