A sacred chalice leads to murder,
The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens. These people cherish a desire to possess for their own private pleasure treasure that cannot be bought. And it was by this sort of person that the Chalice, and the lives and happiness of its guardians, were now threatened.
Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was 17. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion
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I like David Thorpe as reader for these books much better than Frances Matthews. I wrote a small novel about why in my review of, "The Crime at Black Dudley" and I will just add to it by saying that I think he's even better here than he was there, and that he reads Campion AS ALLINGHAM WROTE HIM which is what I like in a reader. Allingham was finding her range with this story, and it's got some splendid scenes in it, a great story line, and a lovely supernatural element as well. Plus, it introduces Lugg, Campions right hand man and one of my favorite characters in fiction. I highly recommend this both for the story and the fact that is is well read.
I'm fond of the relationship between Lugg and the butler at the Gyrth estate. I also enjoy the way this one starts,with the homeless man mysteriously summoned to Campions flat in an….unusual… way
Always very fond of Lugg.
It didn't make me cry, but the dialog made me laugh more than once. It's witty and sharp and has the inimitable dry British wit that I love.
If you love Golden Age mysteries, you will probably enjoy this.
Novelist and screenwriter; formerly BBC reporter and interviewer. TV and Film scripts include Mists of Avalon, Legends of Earthsea,The Borrowers,Small Soldiers, War and Peace, Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dunkirk.
David Thorpe gives detective Albert Campion a high-pitched, silly ass voice which almost spoils the otherwise excellent book.
"What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version"
Ive been waiting so long for the unabridged Margery Allingham's to appear on audible and was delighted a few months ago when the first arrived - narrated by Francis Matthews. To me he gets Campion spot on - the lightness of touch, but also some gravitas. David Thorpe, while a good reader overall, doesn't get Campion. Makes him into an upper class twit, and quite irritating. Shame...
"Golden age detective fiction at its best"
This is such a good story that even when you know who is behind the affair you can still get enjoyment from the colourful characters and appreciate the intricacy of the plotting.
Margary Allingham lets us know some details through her private eye Albert Campion but keeps other information back so there is a lot to guess for the reader. The ending sections are wonderfully tense.
David Thorpe creates a marvellous range of characters and keeps the pace of the story going well. My only quibble would be that he makes Albert Campion sound annoying even when he's being more serious - but it's only a minor quibble, on the whole I thought it was a gripping read with good characterisation.
Yes - I continually kept stopping what I was doing to concentrate on it more and didn't want to turn it off.
David Thorpe does a good job with the voice characterisations. Especially like his portrayal of Lugg!
"Great story, but not such good narration"
Yes, I like the stories so much that even the mildly irritating narration doesn't put me off that much.
When the villain looked through the secret window
He made Campion sound like Bertie Whooster's aunt! Too trite and silly
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