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Flowers for the Judge (Albert Campion #7)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,242 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Scandal hits the staid publishing house of Barnabas when one of the directors is found dead in the strong-room. Campion needs all his resources to uncover the truth.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 18th 2008 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1934)
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Nov 08, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, books
I don't think I've ever encountered a novel that was not only set in a publishing house, but actually had books serving important plot point, which displayed so little interest in books.
At times, this is one of the best books that Allingham has written; with some interesting, well-written scenes in the courtroom and, in the character of Richie, a very interesting person that I would like to see a lot more of - he has an interesting turn of phrase and, hidden behind the dim exterior he is clearly possessed of a very sharp intellect.

However, there are two major flaws that stop the novel getting 4 stars - firstly, I'm not entirely sure why the first murder was actually done, as t
Sep 25, 2012 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reread, 5, 2004
Paul Brande is found dead in his publishing firm's strong room under puzzling circumstances. At the inquest, this death is ruled to be murder and his cousin, Mike, is arrested for the crime. Certain his young friend is innocent and asked to investigate by Brande's neglected widow, Gina, Albert Campion tries to discover what really happened.

I found as I read my way through this that, despite what I initially believed, I hadn't read it before. I didn't really miss anything. Others on the mailing
Karlyne Landrum
Oct 15, 2012 Karlyne Landrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has a lovely, quirky "solution", but what I love about this Campion is that Allingham is starting to get more descriptive in her prose. "There was a trimness about the whole building and a preponderance of bright colors ..." "The paint was green, the curtains blue, the window sills and step red-ochred, while a ridiculous little green dog kennel stood beside the door. It looked extraordinarily clean and new in the dinginess of Kilburn and no more in bad taste than a painted Noah's Ark, which ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Sharman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See: my review for The Crime At Black Dudley. It was comfortable read, but not so comfortable that I wasn't challenged by the mystery.
Jan 28, 2017 Carl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the Albert Campion series which I discovered via the PBS Mystery Series many years ago. Margery Allingham is a fine English mystery writer as well as a good storyteller; if one enjoys those classical English mysteries as I do, then this is a writer you should try - if you have not already! "Flowers for the Judge" (1936) is Allingham's 7th novel in the amateur detective Albert Campion series. Although Holmes is my personal favorite, I continue to enjoy Campion along with Poirot and ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Sharla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one but it did drag in spots. The courtroom scenes held promise but kind of fizzled. I liked the unexpected ending. I continue to enjoy Albert as one of my favorite literary detectives.
Roisin Shanahan
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Interesting book. I will keep this author in mind.
Sep 23, 2016 Dorothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book was OK. I found the plot line confusing and hard to follow.
Merrilee Gibson
Oct 24, 2016 Merrilee Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With every book of hers that I read, I am reminded anew that Margery Allingham was simply a magnificent writer. Flowers for the Judge is no exception.

This is a fascinating tale filled with characters we come to know and have definite feelings for--or against. Once again Albert Campion and the exellent Lugg combine their abilities to the matter at hand. I’ve always been fond of Lugg--there is a curious fascination with his character in all its eccentric flamboyance.

In the chapter describing the C
Mar 06, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the seventh Albert Campion book written, it was my first introduction to Allingham's gentleman sleuth and his former burglar manservant, Magersfontein Lugg. Compared to many of the Golden Age queens of mystery (Christie, Sayers, Marsh, etc.), I came late to Allingham's work. It wasn't until I was married and living in a very tiny town with a very tiny public library that I found her.

But...back to Flowers for the the Judge. This story begins with the strange disappearance of Tom
Jonathan Day
Oct 08, 2015 Jonathan Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best but still entertaining

This doesn't really fit into any of the "normal" Campion styles. The murder mystery seems secondary to a study of personality types. The characters don't seem fully solid, but that's ok, precisely because this is a study. The essential elements are distilled, so that there is clear contrast. The mystery becomes a vehicle for exploring the competing interests of the characters, a reversal of the usual style of having the competing interests of the characters a v
Jan 21, 2012 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The feel of this book is very similar to Death of a Ghost. That book is set among artists; this one is around publishing. Both have families with a prior connection to Campion. And both have a scene near the end which has stuck with me, even though I didn't remember most of the plot from prior reading. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The publishing firm of Barnabus is suddenly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons when one of its directors is found dead in a locked cellar which the firm uses as a strong-room. Albert Campion has already been called in to investigate because Paul has disappeared and naturally becomes involved in the subsequent investigation.

What follows is an intricate story with many strands both past and present and the tension gradually builds to a nail biting finish and an intriguing epilogue. I foun
Tony Renner
Mar 12, 2014 Tony Renner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flowers for the Judge (1936) is Margery Allingham's 7th novel to feature amateur detective Albert Campion.

Combining not only a locked room mystery but also a 20-year-old missing person case with courtroom drama, Flowers for the Judge is a delight.

Campion, and his gentleman's gentleman Lugg, are something of a parody of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey and Bunter, but for all of Flower for the Judge's humor it is serious and ultimately more than a little moving.

I hope I'm not spoiling anythin
Marilyn Watson
Nov 10, 2015 Marilyn Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flowers for the Judge

John Widdowson is the head of a reputable book publishing company along with a brother, nephew and two cousins. His routine is strict and never varies. The first inkling of trouble is when Paul R. Brande, like another family member of the firm, doesn’t show for work. The former and earlier disappearance happened twenty years earlier but it gives us an inkling of trouble. Gina Brande and Paul live on one floor, John lives on another and the cousin lives on the third. This cau
Nancy Oakes

#7 in the Albert Campion series. This installment finds our good friend Mr. Campion involved in a mystery in which a man is found dead in a publishing company's basement. A man is found to be guilty of his murder at the coroner's inquest, but is really the killer? He, of all of the possible suspects has the means, motive and opportunity, but Albert suspects that he's being framed and must find the guilty party before it is too late.

I REALLY enjoyed this one. There's enough of the old smart-mout
May 03, 2016 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A very disappointing mystery. This is book 7, maybe I should have read book 1. I did not like Campion or his sidekick Lugg. The characterization of these 2 could have been much better. Maybe I read too many locked room mysteries. This one was average and forgettable. Paul was missing and his body was found in a locked storeroom of a famous publishing company. Nothing much happens until you get half way through the book. Then you find out Paul was paying a man in the slums to make a key. There ar ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a ripping good read! Lugg is back. Campion is evolving into a mature, remarkably intuitive investigator. His tendency toward kindness is still there.

This tale is set in 1931 London, with a cast o characters from the worlds of publishing and law. Murder most foul disrupts a family business, dredges up old mysteries, and nearly gets the accused hanged (or at least the reader believes that to be a distinct possibility). One gets a real sense of the times in a family-owned publishing house i
Feb 06, 2014 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Campion re-read. Here are lots of examples of Allingham's observation of both places and people and her skill in describing these in both significant detail and terms that connect to our experience, enabling the reader to enter the world of the book, no matter how removed from our own environment.

" ' I'm afraid we shall have to move him after all. I can't possibly see here',
It may have been that the bounds of their capacity to shock had been reached and that his words coincided with
Nancy Butts
Mar 27, 2016 Nancy Butts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Book 7 in the Albert Campion series, and I think you can see Allingham finding the right voice for both Campion and the books. Lugg still provides a broad stroke of humor, but Campion is no longer quite so unbelievably and irritatingly “fatuous.” The entire book has a darker, more somber tone that its predecessors, and it focuses heavily on two aspects of the British judicial system: the coroner’s inquest and the actual murder trial. The victim is a member of a family-owned publishing company, b ...more
Sep 12, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting for this Campion mystery is a publishing house owned and run primarily by one family. As is usually the case, Campion is called in to help out a damsel in distress. Unlike many of the others, it is not an elderly woman, but the young wife of one of the firms owners, because her husband has disappeared mysteriously. The man who calls in Campion is a cousin of her husband, and obviously in love with her. The mystery develops into a locked room mystery, and ends up with an interesting t ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Babette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Another Campion mystery. I think of the ones I have read so far, this is my favorite. It has some wonderfully quirky characters, plenty of Lugg appearances, and a most creative plot. I read most of it in one sitting, on a day I was feeling a bit under the weather, and it really cheered me up. I believe this book was made into a film for the PBS Mystery series. I must watch it some time. If you have not discovered Margery Allingham, try her out, but start at the beginning. If you have, but haven' ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-england
Mike Barnabas, who works in the family publishing house, has fallen in love with his cousin Paul's American wife Gina. So when Paul's body is found, Mike becomes the leading suspect. My personal rating of this book would be three stars, because right in the middle of it is a big trial for murder, and trials are not my favorite reading. Albert Campion works to find evidence exculpating his friend Mike, but he's almost equally tantalized by the question of what happened to Mike's cousin Tom, who d ...more
Dec 24, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Albert Campion! This character is smooth, unassuming, a little bit of a geek, but surprisingly tough and doesn't mind getting his feet wet when it comes to saving the day. While Campion himself is not particularly funny, there is comic relief in Campion's "sidekick" Lugg. While I don't remember the exact plot of this story, the mysteries themselves are intelligent and generally difficult to figure out until the end when you say, "of course!" Allingham has created a really great detective ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I had a hard time getting into the book at first, I really enjoyed the extra details that the author brought out, especially in the trial scenes. I could feel the tension and anxiousness of the waiting in the courtroom.

I watched the Peter Davison BBC version of it shortly afterwards, and was surprisingly disappointed in the tv version, which I normally enjoy very much. I found the book so much better, and the characters (especially Gina) better in the book.
Colin Mitchell
Mar 13, 2016 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, campion
This is the best in the Campion series, for me so far. much less of his silly antics and more depth of the plot.Tom Barnabas disappears on his way to the family publishing business and 20 years later the firm is under the direction of the Barnabas cousins when one of their number Paul Brande disappears and is then found dead in the strongroom. The plot has only just begun and leads us to accusations, marital disharmony and duplicity. Oh, and the circus. A good classic crime novel.
Jun 04, 2010 Stacy rated it liked it
One of the Golden Age mysteries featuring Albert Campion. The mystery focuses on a family publishing firm and the mysterious disappearance of one of the relatives. When he is found dead in a locked basement, the family turns to Campion to sort out the problem. Interesting enough book but not a series that I think I'll pursue. Never quite warmed to Campion particularly when he was interacting with his servant.
Mar 20, 2016 Kyrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very involved, with lots of characters that wove in and out of the stories, past and present, but Allingham did a good job of tying the loose ends up.

Her descriptions got a bit long winded at times, but she can paint a great picture, so I guess it's not so bad.

For my own reference, this is the book about the publishers, with the man killed in a locked room, only it wasn't locked, but it was. And the weird circus side of the family.
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Aka Maxwell March.

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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