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The Case of the Late Pig (Albert Campion #8)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  999 ratings  ·  59 reviews

Agatha Christie called her ‘a shining light’. Have you discovered Margery Allingham, the 'true queen' of the classic murder mystery?

Private detective 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. Soo
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Vintage (first published 1937)
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Whaaah? Who switches from 3rd to 1st person a dozen books into a series?

1st person really doesn't work with the pattern Allingham has established of strangers not taking Campion seriously until too late, or with the way the jokes are set up.

Aside from this bit of strangeness, The Case of the Late Pig is a pretty typical installment. I saw the main plot twist coming from the beginning, but it seemed like she pretty much tipped her hand at the funeral in the beginning of the story. Also saw the mi
Something of an odd one out in the Allingham/Campion oeuvre, this shortish novel is (uniquely) narrated by Campion himself and is played, for the first few chapters, as a sort of P.G. Wodehouse does Albert Campion and Magersfontein Lugg (complete with Campion/Wooster being thwarted in his affairs of the heart by matters beyond his control and the wayward misunderstanding of circumstances by the girl of his dreams), then settles down to be a bit more sober as a Wimsey does Campion exercise before ...more
Another entry in the Quest-for-a-Christie-Like Series: Margery Allingham.

This is my first Allingham. I've been informed that she has a rather varied corpus, and I picked this one as it was characterized as a standard fairplay mystery. Overall, I quite enjoyed it. It didn't have any rug-pulling twists, and I had the culprit, method, and much of the motive pegged around the same time that Campion seems to have figured it out. That said, kudos for being fairplay.

The book gets the extra star up fro
1937, #8 Albert Campion, Enquiry Agent, London and rural Kepesake. This is a long novella not an actual novel, and uses, unusual for the series, Campion's own first person narration. A nasty bully is dead (twice), bodies go missing, very strange folks abound in the sweet little village of Kepesake, and then there's Lugg... Wonderful almost-thriller, true classic; four stars.

"Pig" Peters was a much-dreaded bully during Campion's school-years, so when he reads the obituary stating that Peters' fu
I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Margery Allingham's The Case of the Late Pig. This was my first introduction to Albert Campion, and I just have to say that I love him! I do! I love him. This mystery had me hooked from the very beginning. The first sentence reads, "The main thing to remember in autobiography, I have always thought, is not to let any damned modesty creep in to spoil the story. This adventure is mine, Albert Campion's, and I am fairly certain that I was pretty nearly brilliant in ...more
In January, the combination of an obituary in The Times and an anonymous letter featuring a mole, send Campion and Lugg to a funeral. The deceased is an old school mate (friend would not be an appropriate term) of Campion's; Rowland Peters, more commonly known as Pig. By July, Campion has forgotten the incident. When he is called to the village of Kepesake to investigate the death of the disagreeable Oswald Harris, who had a stone geranium urn dropped on his head, he is startled to find the dead ...more
Timothy Coplin
I'm picked up this book for two reasons: I want to read and become acquainted with more of the classic literary detectives, and because it is written in the first-person narrative, the same style as one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels - THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD.

On the first point, the novel[ette] was somewhat successful. I had a decent introduction to Albert Campion. Now, to read a few more of her Margery Allingham's acclaimed novels to firmly cement my opinion of the man, his style and
Karlyne Landrum
This is not up to Allingham's usual standard. Mr. Campion narrates this one himself, and it just falls flat. It seems as though this book should have fallen under the category of "before first novel" and not have been written by an author at the height of her powers.
I'm now well into my rereading of the campion series. I like the way Margery Allingham plays and experiments with her writing. This one uses the first person. It is also very short. Keeping the character consistent and writing in the first person constrains character development but provides a chance to expose a bit more of Campion's relationship with Lugg.

The plot hinges on an idea for a scam and the working through of that in a rural community, with links to Campion's past. It was an idea sui
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 1998.

This is an unusual member of Allingham's Campion series, as it is told in the first person from Campion's point of view. This, to me, makes it immediately more successful than some others in the series, by avoiding what I consider to be Campion's most annoying fault. In many of the books, I find there is too great a credibility gap between Campion's silly-ass public persona and the true, intelligent crime fighter underneath. ("Mild mannered jani
Nancy Oakes

I believe this is the only one in the series so far which has Mr. Albert Campion as the narrator of the story.

Campion is reading the newspaper one morning and learns of the possible death of one of his old school fellows. He decides to attend the funeral to see if this is indeed that person, and comes across some rather odd people there. Six months later, he is in the same little village, where a man has just died. Albert goes to look at the dead man and guess what? It's the same man whose fune
Rog Harrison
I have read several of this series over the last forty years but had not seen this one before. It's only 138 pages long and is written in the first person from Campion's perspective. It was published in 1937 but seems a bit old fashioned for its time. However it is an entertaining read with a couple of mysteries to be explained which the author ties up neatly.
Katie Hilton
An amusing Albert Campion mystery written in the first person. Albert receives weird anonymous messages and attends two funeral, six months apart, for the same old school chum. His curiosity leads him into danger.
I just re-read this one, as part of a holiday-long Allingham kick. This is one of the Campions that shows all the worst parts of Campion. In this story, he's just so rude and nasty to Lugg that it's hard to read; I get that the character of Lugg is not meant to be a perfect human being but, you know, Dude, if you don't like him get a different man-servant. And the mystery itself is kind of meandering and doesn't really rise above the nastiness of Campion's character. Also, the descriptions and l ...more
For such a short story, the action takes quite a while to kick in. I solved the 'who' and 'how' of the murder-mystery, which were properly laid out throughout the book, but not the 'why' which was muddled; I doubt any reader could truly deduce the convoluted plot of the killer. The main character Albert Campion & his antagonistic relationship with his valet Lugg was a nice Twist off of the Holmes/Watson; Poroit/Hastings pairing. I'd assume they continue to bicker throughout this series of my ...more
Leslie Jem
I had a difficult time keeping the characters straight; their voices weren't clearly differentiated. I love the puzzle aspect of the golden age of mystery, though.
I'm either getting more used to Margery Allingham - or the relative shortness and first person viewpoint of this book won me over more than any of her other works. The case is an interesting one from the off where you can work out who the villain is fairly early on, but then why he actually did it becomes a little bit more difficult and the cryptic clues for the mole were a complete surprise. It was good to hear Campion's voice throughout - although it doesn't really work as a biography; unless ...more
I enjoyed this Albert Campion book, unexpectedly narrated in the first person. It is much shorter than Allingham's other books, more like a novella.
Julia Church
If you have enjoyed all you can read by Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham is a great find.
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Not one of Allingham's best.
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
of it's age - a nice little distraction
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A bit more complicated than the first one I read, but has a lot of old English characters and trappings.

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An entertaining example of Allingham's Alfred Campion mysteries, rather unusually (the only one?) narrated by Campion himself. While I must say I regard the ending a bit forced and mechanical (in the way that interwar mystery novel solutions often were), in other respects the novel shows Allingham in fine form, with sparkling yet intriguingly obscure dialog and observations. The conceit of a corpse who dies twice (not to mention who tormented Campion in childhood) is elegantly handled.
Kalendra Dee
Lugg has a new hobby. He reads the obituaries to Campion each morning. Because of this, Campion finds out that R.I. “Pig” Peters, a former schoolmate, has died and he decides to attend the funeral. Campion is shocked, therefore, when he is urgently summoned to the country six months later only to find that a man named “Pig” Peters has died . . . again. As Campion tries to find out which body is the real “Pig” Peters, the waters become even more murky with plots and subplots.
Allingham allows Albert to tell this story autobiographically but in the later part keeps us out of part of his reasoning and part of his knowledge of the case. I dislike this on the authors part. If we are in the persons view point it should be consistent through out or we should switch to another view point.
As usual I enjoy the characters and the mystery but this one was much better as the BBC production with Davidson as Campion.
As decetive stories go, this wasn't the funnest of the greatest. It is a classic and I appreciate the fact that in those days taboos weren't so often and clearly broken (if one was writing of the masses, at least) but Agatha Christie churned out gems. This wasn't anything like it. Saying that, it was a rather pleasant book to turn to if you were prepared to think every move through. Read most of it in one sitting.
I adore detective stories set in English villages, manor houses and London, and this had all three. Allingham's style of prose is so unique and dense, but I it's not a bad thing to have to go back and re-read a sentence to figure out what it really means. I feel like the author is flattering my intelligence in that she doesn't have to explain every single detail. Very clever ending, too.
I've seen the movie/TV episode more recently than I've read the book, but other reviewers assure me the film was fairly faithful. Albert Campion seems a less-conflicted version of Lord Peter Wimsey, and his manservant Lugg is way more fun than the ultra-correct Bunter. The plot is quite mysterious, but I love the Allingham books for the characters. Highly recommended.
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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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