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Police at the Funeral (Albert Campion #4)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  4,415 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
The imperious Caroline Faraday runs her house like a Victorian fiefdom, unconcerned with the fact that it is 1931. Furniture and meals are heavy and elaborate, motorcars and morning tea forbidden. The middle-aged children chafe, but stay for money, until one turns up dead, then his sister, and Albert Campion investigates.

All the books from Albert Campion series are standal
Mass Market Paperback, 252 pages
Published by Penguin (first published 1931)
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Apr 16, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

This is the first book in the series to not have organized crime as a plot element. Like all the other Campion books it is set an old family home with an upper-crust cast (Allingham comes near to breaking the fourth wall when she makes her police officer comment on the improbability of this given how few murders are actually committed in stately homes by rich families). In this case the dramatic personae are unusual primarily for their senescence: a tyrannical octogenarian widow keeps her elderl
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Much better than any of the Campion novels I've read to date. Our Albert actually does some hands-on detecting at the request of a friend of his grandmother's who knows his real name and identity, but divulges nothing. The autocratic old lady lives in Socrates House, Cambridge (not a college, just a mansion) ruling her family with an iron hand encased in a lace mitt. Murder, drink, tramps and remittence men combine to induce hysteria in the maiden aunts at every turn.

Allingham apparently had a p
My first foray into Margery Allingham's world of Mr. Campion and it was a rather delightful trip. I listened to the audio of this and the narrator was quite enthusiastic and I felt as if I was listening to a full ensemble of actors as he changed his voice for each character.

I would call this a good old fashioned mystery....murders, a mansion, minimal clues and suspects galore among these quirky, oddball characters. Mr. Campion, not a police detective but a rather over the top adventurist is ri
1931, #4 Albert Campion, Adventurer, London and Cambridge; many secrets come to light when a cantankerous member of a socially prominent - but peculiar - Cambridge family goes missing. Both the book and the tv film are highly recommended for those who enjoy Golden Age puzzle plots. four-and-one-half stars.

The autocratic - and personally remarkable - Mrs. Caroline Farraday rules over her odd family with an iron grip - no soft edges for *this* late-Victorian matriarch, thank you very much! Althoug
Dec 18, 2010 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never read a Margey Allingham before, but having finally taken the plunge I have to say that I’m hugely impressed. She’s of course one of the Grande Dames of English detective fiction, but she is a much better writer than either Dorothy L. Sayers or Agatha Christie (though it wouldn’t be hard to be a more skilled prose stylist than Dame Agatha). Interestingly she seems to realise there’s something faintly absurd about the notion of an aristocratic detective (according to my good friend Wiki ...more
Dec 17, 2015 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crime
A time capsule of a book. a family under the thumb of a formidable matriarch starts to die in unexpected ways. Campion the gentlemen detetctive saunters out of a PG wodehouse novel to solve the crime. Now ussually the combination of anything even the slightest bit Bertram Wossterish and a crime thriller would be to put it mildly my gingerbread. In this case though it failed to grip, the humour wasnt funnz enough and the crimes were not thrilling enough. I did enjoy the trip in the time machine b ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7, mystery, reread, 2004
On a Margery Allingham list I'm on, someone accidently posted a message that was meant to go to a different Allingham list - one for group reads of the Campion books. This seemed like an excellent idea and I nipped over and joined. They are still early in the series (this is the fourth book) so I jumped in with glee. I've read Police at the Funeral before, but on starting it, I couldn't remember exactly what happened or who "dunnit". In fact, as I kept reading, I still couldn't remember. While m ...more
Quite an enjoyable mystery. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, all I'll say is that the characters were rather interesting if rather broadly painted in some instances. The main character, Albert Campion, comes off much better here than in the previous books in the series, and now I'm glad to have given this character another chance. There's an undercurrent of sadness in his behaviour, and Allingham does an excellent job of portraying him as a likable yet slightly awkward soul. He never seems sur ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
After three books, for the first time, Allingham takes Campion out of the thriller genre and into a much more traditional manor house murder mystery. And while she doesn't leave the solution as apparent as, say, Agatha Christie might, most of the major clues are on open display to the reader, and there is every possibility they will be able to guess at the solution before it is revealed. Allingham shows her skill at misdirection to the point where the solution, when it comes, feels almost obviou ...more
Brian Clegg
I am a big fan of Allingham's Campion books, particularly the early ones, so I was delighted when Goodreads alerted me to one I'd missed over the years, particularly one set in Cambridge, a city I'm very fond of. But it was a significant disappointment.

Cambridge is wasted as a locale - it could have been set anywhere. But the problem I have with the book is that it has none of the charm of the other early Campions. It's partly because the way the mystery unfolds lacks something - but it's mostly
Dec 04, 2014 Sharla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like the Albert Campion character, a lot. Unfortunately I didn't like ANY of the other characters in this book and a few of them I actively hated. It's hard to enjoy a book under those circumstances.
Mar 16, 2017 Stven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been said that the Campion novels are usually "adventures" rather than true mysteries, but this one I'd say is clearly a mystery, the story of murder and progress to identification of the criminal. The real fun of the books for me consists in following the personalities, and there is not enough of that here. An enjoyable read but not up to the full magic of Campion.
May 19, 2014 Ali rated it liked it
I love old vintage mysteries – I rarely read modern crime fiction – and if I do its historical or a bit cosy. I adore all those gentlemen sleuths and big houses full of odd crusty characters and convoluted mysteries. But aside from all that which is all pretty great anyway – these old vintage mysteries from that period called the Golden Age of Crime, were proper well written novels, with interesting characters fully explored, they are wonderful period pieces. It is years since I read any Margery ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I fell in love with Albert Campion all over again. I hadn't read any Margery Allingham books for a good long while and pulled out Police at the Funeral as my final entry in the Out With a Bang Read-a-Thon. I got so wrapped up in Campion's world that I stayed up till midnight just so I could finish it ('cuz I had to know what happened) and claim the whole book for the challenge.

In this novel, Campion is called upon by the fiancée of an old friend to investigate the mysterious disappearance
Elizabeth K.
Another in the Albert Campion mystery series -- it's in that comfortable genre place where everything is somewhat predictable but still enjoyable. Unfortunately Allingham has a knack for picking quickie plot points that are insanely dated now -- it's almost uncanny. You'd figure at least some of the time she'd hit upon things that don't jump off the page at you, but no. In this one, Albert goes to investigate a series of murders taking place in Cambridge, all within an old and established family ...more
A much better story lies beneath the surface of the book I just read. The flaw is that Allingham needed to bring Campion onto the scene--which distracts from a rather chilling and compelling story of the ways in which the "staid" constrictions of Edwardian life could result in an entire generation of profoundly psychologically damaged people. The book is, of course, shot through with classism and racism that makes it difficult to stomach and suffers from not being willing to let the core story s ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Anastasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police at the funeral by Margery Allingham is the 4th book featuring Albert Campion. Campion is asked to look into the disappearance of Andrew Faraday by an old friend. This soon becomes a murder case when Andrew's body is discovered shot and bound and then another member of the family is poisoned. A classic detective story with plenty of clues and red herring, competently solved by Campion leading to a satisfying and surprising conclusion. I enjoyed this book very much and will look for his oth ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Excellent story. Never would have guessed how it ended and who the culprit actually turned out to be. Well written although the middle section seemed to drag a bit and I was kind of getting bored then it turned really good and I couldn't wait to finish. Some of the old-fashioned ways of speaking were kind of hard for me to follow at times but I seemed to have gotten the gist.
Oct 07, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margery Allingham, I love you. This is my favorite Campion book so far. It has a distinct flavour of 1930s Georgette Heyer - her contemporary mysteries that have since become delightfully historical.
This had some really, really creepy racial attitudes. Along with the recurrent eccentric household etc.
Dec 23, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Excellent fun.
Merrilee Gibson
Oct 24, 2016 Merrilee Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Margery Allingham takes us on an adventure with Albert Campion at the heart of it.

This story starts with Inspector Stanislaus Oates strolling down the streets of London on a very rainy day. Seeking respite, he heads for a barely-remembered small clearing--the tomb of Sir Thomas Lillyput, Lord Mayor of London, 1537--where he encounters Albert Campion, self-described “Deputy Adventurer.” Before long, both Oates and Campion are introduced to the Faraday family of Socrates Close, Trumping
May 15, 2017 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-17, mystery
I read the first three Campion capers and enjoyed their vintage charms, but with Police at the Funeral Allingham takes a giant step in my esteem. This is the first book in the series that's a proper fair-play classic mystery and it's tons of fun. I actually laughed at a clever turn of phrase and, although I often smile while reading, it's hard to get a laugh out of me. The characters and setting are vivid and gothic and delightful.


OH! PS! I should mention that there are a couple shockin
May 04, 2017 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anglophilia
Albert Campion helps out an old friend, whose fiancee lives in a household where several members are killed. There is a nice claustrophobic feel to this story, as there tends to be when members of an extended family who can't stand each other are forced to live under the same roof. An autocratic old lady rules the clan, and her dependent children, now middle-aged, have to fall into line. Add a black sheep of the family and you've got all the ingredients for a classic English mystery. The final e ...more
Judith Rich
I like this kind of Golden Age country house (OK, it was in Cambridge, but you know what I mean) kind of murder mystery, but I found the solution disappointing and unbelievable.

Yes, one of the characters is revealed to be racist (not really a spoiler as it has no bearing on whodunit). But I think Allingham qualifies this by Campion thinking to himself something about "the attitudes of sixty years ago [1870]", implying that things have changed "now".

I missed Lugg.
Dec 06, 2016 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lugg-less Campion book, again set in a privileged world. I think I'm tiring of this particular culture, especially when suddenly a bit of casual racism is tossed in at the end, and the assumption seems to be, yes, that explains everything. The British slang used throughout sometimes is hard to penetrate. I have one more Campion book on my Kindle to read, then I'll be moving on. The plot twist that reveals the killer is quite clever, however.
Morgan McGuire
One of the least affected Allingham books I've read, which serves it well. Interesting characters and a murder riddle. Lugg is mostly absent.
M Christopher
Mar 23, 2017 M Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Allingham at the height of her powers; Campion at the height of his. A true delight! Albert solves the mystery and more hints are given as to his true identity.
May 04, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham is a 2013 PFD books publication.

This is the fourth book in the Albert Campion series originally published way back in 1939. I stumbled across this little gem scrolling through the Kindle Lending Library last month. They have several of the books in this series, so at some point I would like to begin reading them from the beginning. I love the older British mystery novels, and I hate to admit this, but this series was way under my radar. It may be famil
Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham is a 2013 PFD books publication.

This is the fourth book in the Albert Campion series originally published way back in 1939. I stumbled across this little gem scrolling through the Kindle Lending Library last month. They have several of the books in this series, so at some point I would like to begin reading them from the beginning. I love the older British mystery novels, and I hate to admit this, but this series was way under my radar. It may be famil
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Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers. Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women's magazines. Margery's aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine. Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt's magazine.

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“He used to be a burglar, you know. It’s the old story – lost his figure. As he says himself, it cramps your style when your only means of exit are the double doors in the front hall.” 2 likes
“Mr. Campion felt that among the ordeals by fire and by water there should now be numbered the ordeal by dinner at Socrates Close.” 2 likes
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