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Albert Campion is summoned to the village of Kepesake to investigate a particularly distasteful death. The body turns out to be that of Pig Peters, freshly killed five months after his own funeral.

Soon other corpses start to turn up, just as Peter's body goes missing. It takes all Campion's coolly incisive powers of detection to unravel the crime.

Margery Allingham was a prolific writer who sold her first story at age eight and published her first novel before turning 20. Allingham went on to become one of the preeminent writers who helped bring the detective story to maturity in the 1920s and 1930s.

©2013 Margery Allingham (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"Allingham has that rare gift in a novelist, the creation of characters so rich and so real that they stay with the reader forever" (Sara Paretsky )

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-18

Great story badly read.

Margery Allingham must be turning in her grave. Very sadly, the narrator has confused the highly intelligent and infinitely subtle Albert Campion with Bertie Wooster. I see that one reviewer was misled by this interpretation into taking Campion for an arrogant twerp - a great pity as that person will presumably not bother with all the rest of the marvellous Campion stories. Francis Matthews, who did other Campion audiobooks, was spot on, setting just the right tone. Surely someone could be found to carry on in a similar style (one doesn't expect a pastiche), instead of producing this complete misinterpretation of the central character.
I am only persevering with this narrator because (a) I already know how good the actual stories are; (b) I have set out to listen to the entire Campion series; and (c) I cannot find any other unabridged recording. Nevertheless, it is very hard work ignoring the narrator's style in order to focus on the quality of the actual narrative.

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  • elly gausden
  • 10-04-15

The most awful narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The book itself is great, I have read it in paperback, but the narrator reads it in the style of a third rate actor playing Lady Bracknell. His accent is all wrong and I kept expecting him to say 'a haaaaand baaag' at any moment. Dreadful, especially as the books in this series read by Francis Matthews are brilliantly done. What a shame the rest are ruined by this narrator.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story itself is great, go read the printed version

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 04-12-13

Pig, disapointing



Main character quite annoying, arrogant, and the pig of it all, rarely do I ever get so irritated by a book. disappointed as margery allingham's hide my eyes was excellent. Just couldn't stand the main detective, didn't finish it. Other people liked it so maybe stuck up English toffs grate with me more than the average.

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