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The Mind Readers (Albert Campion #18)

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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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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
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes. However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all better. Failing to provide a sitewide announcement is wrong. Failing to address us ...more
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
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
Jonathan Palfrey
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
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.
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I remember thinking this was the weakest of the Campion books when I first read the series. Still think so.
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.
Jude Brigley
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.
A great disappointment. Allingham is usually very good. Here, the characters are weak, the plot ludicrous, and the style ponderously whimsical.
Bea Alden
A thriller with a science fiction twist, featuring suave sleuth Albert Campion.
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Aka Maxwell March.

Margery 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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