I love Margery Allingham's characters and her stories. This story is not typical of Allingham's Campion mysteries. It is a bit more tounge-in-cheek and there is no murderer to catch but rather a puzzle to be solved in order to lay claim to a strategically important piece of land. (The story is set in England just before WWII.) Like her other Campion mysteries, Campion is as dour as ever and is counter balanced by his "man" Lugg and other supporting characters. I particularly liked Amanda Fitton's resourcefulness, spunk and courage. The story is well told, the characters are realistic, the villan is scary and everybody's psychological motivations are crystal clear. The mystery will hook you and your concern about the fate of the characters will keep you involved. I had trouble turning it off.
This series is only OK. The characters are ok and the plots are worse. I was interested in what would happen to the characters as the books progress but I'm not going to read anymore since I found Ms. Brown comments on slavery to be disturbing.
This is a fabulous book. The story is engaging with an unexpected twist at the end. The characters are pitch perfect. Allingham writes with great insight and empathy. The narrator is very good. I love this book!
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