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The Mind Readers (Albert Campion #18)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  379 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Agatha Christie called her ‘a shining light’. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

Fact catches up with fiction when the secret of telepathic communication is discovered. But the device at the centre of the mystery is in the possession of two schoolboys and whether they stole it or invented it, there
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Vintage (first published 1965)
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Aug 17, 2008 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england, 4-star
I was dubious about The Mind-Readers; I didn't remember much about it. I apparently read through the Allinghams years ago (ten?) and never since – I hadn't thought it to be so long. My impression of MR was of an improbable, not to say idiotic, premise, and a slight reluctance to read it. Happily, I was mostly wrong. It was an improbable premise – but it was handled very nicely. This was written in the 60's, which I happily missed entirely but for four short oblivious months - 1965 to be exact. T ...more
Jun 23, 2016 JoLynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors.
Mar 19, 2011 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t normally read two books by the same author in the same series one after the other, but I was tempted on this occasion for two reasons. Firstly, after reading ‘Coroner’s Pigeon’ and seeing that Campian’s character was developing, I thought that ‘The Mind Readers’ – written twenty years later – would be interesting to look at just to see how much further he had progressed. How would this product of the 1920s greet the 1960s? Secondly, the plot of this seemed to have a supernatural air to i ...more
Nancy Oakes
The Mind Readers is the last book completely written by Margery Allingham; her husband finished up Cargo of Eagles (next in the series). So basically I've come to the end of the original Allinghams and it's a sad day. However, the good news is that I have each and every Campion story on my British reading room shelves (and all of the PBS dvds!) that I can read again if I so choose.

Although this particular edition was published in 1990, the original was written in 1965 -- during the Cold War, an
Here Allingham tries for a James Bond plot. It's not very successful at all. Especially irritating was the role of women in the story. Despite often producing strong female characters, there's definitely a touch of gender essentialism to Allingham's women which occasionally comes to the fore. Here women are secretaries to men, secretaries become the mistresses of men, mothers, supportive wives to scientists, problematic wives to scientists "acting out" because they're convinced their husbands ar ...more
Jonathan Palfrey
Feb 18, 2012 Jonathan Palfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top11
I first read this book in the 1960s, not long after it was first published, and my copy of it dates from then; I've reread it periodically over the years; but it still seems fresh and exciting today.

Allingham had a long career as a writer of murder mysteries and adventures; she was a fine writer and a keen observer of character. As far as I know, this was her only attempt at writing science fiction, but she made a success of it, bringing with her the skills she'd honed over decades and also a bu
Not nearly as good as most of the rest of Margery Allingham (it's very late; the last or second-last one she finished or something--I've been told she didn't actually finish it, but unlike the others written/finished by her husband, I can find no evidence of that on my copy, so I think my informants may have been indulging in wishful thinking). Also strange as to plot; there's an almost sci-fi element, and she's purposefully writing about a much more modern world than she mostly did (fewer old-w ...more
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Colin Mitchell
This is the final Campion novel completely finished by Margery Allingham, the last was completed posthumously by her husband. The tale is about some boys who form a science project team and build an amplifier to assist with extra sensory perception. This puts, not only Campion but Scotland Yard, Secret Service and various spy networks, into a furore. Almost science fiction it does show the difference between the culture of the 1960's and today as Edward the age of 12 was running around alone in ...more
Apr 22, 2011 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Eh. Not my favorite of her books (the Campion series). I think she overreached herself, plot-wise. Maybe it's being a 21st century reader...the sci-fi aspect of the story doesn't have enough substance, and I think readers now expect more detailed explanations in order to help suspend disbelief. We're supposed to accept that this gadget helps some people to read others' thoughts and/or emotions, and that's it. Some compelling scenes, but ultimately not very satisfying.
This is an odd Campion mystery. It's the last one written soley by Allingham (Cargo of Eagles was completed by her husband after her death), and in many ways it's almost more of a science fiction novel than a mystery, delving as it does into electronically-facilitated ESP. It still had Allingham's wonderful with and charm, but it made me kind of sad, because there's a sense throughout that Campion is rather out of his depth this time around.
Oct 01, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An attempted kidnapping, a murder, and some amazing science. Two boys have been using a new invention that everyone wants to have to use for spying and secret government things. One of the boys is Albert Campion's nephew. This story involves him, his police friends and other relatives try to figure out what is going on.

This mystery almost has a sci fi twist to it. Interesting.
Violette Malan
Allingham is one of my favourite British crime writers for a number of reasons, but this isn't one of her better books. It's interesting, and her observations on scientific discoveries feel prescient, but interesting isn't really enough of a reason to read a fiction book. If you're like me, you like to read all of a writer's opus, and this is readable in that context, otherwise, you can skip it.
Katie Hilton
This is the most modern of Margaret Allingham's mysteries. It features a group bent on finding a scientific application for ESP, particularly for espionage. It works, but it's not her most entertaining, IMO.
This is a rather odd Margery Allingham book, bordering on science fiction. Campion and Amanda are supposed to be taking care of his nephew Edward during vacation from school, but Edward has disappeared after demonstrating a mind-reading gadget which apparently only works for children.
Aug 14, 2010 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries-read, 2010
A great disappointment. Allingham is usually very good. Here, the characters are weak, the plot ludicrous, and the style ponderously whimsical.
Katy Bad
Written in Allingham's usual impeccable prose, but not as good as some of her earlier work, in my opinion.
Aug 05, 2016 Cybercrone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best Campion book so far I think. Good combo of sci-fi, mystery, detection and a bit of philosophical pondering thrown in.
Jude Brigley
Jul 01, 2011 Jude Brigley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very disappointing. The style seemed so clunky. The best parts were dialogue but the parts in between were clumsy and sometimes a bit tedious.
I remember thinking this was the weakest of the Campion books when I first read the series. Still think so.
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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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