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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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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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By Kelli on 12-15-15

Find another narrator

I've read this book before and enjoy the story, but couldn't make it more than 15 minutes with this narrator. He makes Campion sound like a perpetual adolescent, complete with voice breaks and cracks every other sentence. The character must be at least 40 by the time of this story! What's more, the cracking voice was one of the only ways I could tell Campion from many of the female characters. Fun book for fans of Allingham, but find a print copy of another narrator.

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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?


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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By Miss Julie E. Ellis on 05-31-17


loved it all campion series is so good .brilliantly penned. golden age authors are great

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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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