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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.
©1983 Emily Joyce Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Miss Allingham's strength lies in the power of her characterization" ( New York Times)
"Margery Allingham has worked her way up to a worthy place among the tiny hierarchy of front-rankers in the detective world" ( Tatler)
"Spending an evening with Campion is one of life's pure pleasures" ( Saturday Review)
"Margery Allingham deserves to be rediscovered" (P.D. James)
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5 out of 5 stars
By notlad on 03-10-18

Truly enjoyed this one.

I am a fan of Ngaio Marsh, and have enjoyed many of the previous Albert Campion books. This one, however, is so very good. So in-depth and entertaining, I listened to it twice.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Pamela on 03-02-16

OK story with a terrible narrator

This is not Allingham's best - Albert Campion is lost in the middle of Amanda's tumultuous family and hangers-on. The story is convoluted and there are so many characters that are never fully formed. But it is entertaining and inventive. The solution comes a bit from left field, but the ride there is fun.

The narrator, however, does not get a single character correct. Everyone comes across as a dolt, an arrogant prick or so blase that you wonder they take the trouble to breath. This is one of the worst narrations I have listened to with regards to character voices. His pacing, clarity and volume are all fine - interesting since those tend to be bigger problems with other narrators. It was difficult to finish the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ms C Higman on 04-23-16

Very disappointed

What disappointed you about The Beckoning Lady?

Performance grossly inappropriate to the characters. Highpitched male voices, females reduced to a gloomy drone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The character of Charlie Luke has a wonderful richness and depth in the book - turned into a squeaky caricature in this performance

Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

no

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Beckoning Lady?

I wouldn't cut anything from the story; the book is a marvellous piece of work and one of my all-time favourites. I would cut the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Margery Allingham must be spinning in her grave

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 04-11-15

Perfect - Wonderfully crime writer - beautifully read

Full of character and humour - one of Margery Allingham's best.
David Thorpe's characterisation is brilliant. Definitely recommend. The voice of Campion takes a little getting used to - but I think he actually has the voice and character perfect - and his ability to change characters and inflect personality into each one is excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 04-06-15

Not one of her best

Definitely worth a listen if you are an Allingham fan but this is not a good example of her work.

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