Beckoning Lady

  • by Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by Philip Franks
  • 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Campion's glorious summer in Pontisbright is blighted by death. Amidst the preparations for Minnie and Tonker Cassand's fabulous summer party, a murder is discovered and it falls to Campion to unravel the intricate web of motive, suspicion, and deduction with all his imagination and skill.


What the Critics Say

"Philip Franks sounds, marvellously, as if he's reading in a dinner-jacket....Fabulous." (Independent on Sunday)


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Customer Reviews

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Fine story and great reader, too bad it's abridged

Where does Beckoning Lady rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What other book might you compare Beckoning Lady to and why?

Other Margery Allinghams. She is unique, and can't really be compared with other writers in my opinion,though she is more like other golden age writers than modern crime fiction.

What does Philip Franks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think Philip Franks is an excellent reader. I did not find that he spoke too fast to be understood, as some other reviews complain, in fact I found his reading speed and enunciation to be excellent and just to my taste. Additionally, I really enjoyed the fact that he actually gets Allingham, knows his material, and puts the proper emphasis and emotional content into the characters dialog. It is MOST unfortunate that he only reads the abridged versions of Allingham, because In general I am opposed to abridged books, and especially in the case of an author like Allingham who I listen to primarily for the beauty of her prose. It seems an absolute outrage to me to abridge these stories, and it's particularly annoying because the reader who reads the unabridged versions available here is not nearly as good. I wish an unabridged version of, "The Beckoning Lady" read by Phillip Franks was available!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Margery Allingham is not my favorite golden age author, however she is a very good writer, with a brilliant ear for description and mood, and she also creates characters one can become greatly fond of. I am particularly fond of Campions wife, Amanda, and his...well, I suppose technically he's Campions servant, Lugg. Some may find these books a bit too obscure and hard to follow for pleasure, however I enjoy the atmosphere they create and the idiosyncratic world they portray, and in this case the mystery and it's solution are really excellent. I did not see the solution coming at all, and found it most satisfying.....

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- Meep

should have listened to the first reviewer

Ditto about this being impossible to listen to or understand. The big problem may be that it is a hachet job abridged. Still don't get what is was supposed to be about.
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- Carl Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK