The Tiger in the Smoke (Albert Campion #14)
Meg called upon old friend Albert Campion to get to the bottom of things. For Campion, the case was cut and dry - until a brutal triple murder occurred.
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What begins as a knotty problem whose solution depends on a cartoonish detective named Luke, gains in sympathetic characters like Meg's father, the Canon Avril who says:
Mourning is not forgetting. It is an undoing. Every minute
tie has to...more
I used to clip the reviews of appealing new books with the intent of getting around to them — a pre-internet version of the To Be Read shelf. Like my TBR shelf here on Goodreads, that file got really thick, and most of the stuff in it was ignored and forgotten.
But I recently decided to get rid of...more
One of my favorite authors is Francine Matthews (aka Stephanie Barron) and she and I and Barbara Peters were talking about our favorite Golden Age mysteries. They were as one in de...more
Allingham’s hero, Albert Campion, appears in this novel, but he doesn’t have a whole lot to do. This story, supposedly one of the author’s favorites in the series, is more like a young boy’s adventure book, full of nasty thieves and freaks who have no compunction about murdering whoever gets in their way. The plot concerns a young woman who is engaged to be married. She was married before, but her husband was reported missing and presumed...more
The fog-as-character was a bit forced, but that's possibly just because it is completely outside my frame of reference, and so I felt it was intruding on the story during its frequent mentions. I found the post-war setting fascinating, small asides about how a prisoner jailed in 1944 wouldn't understand that the figh...more
Take this interesting, if very flawed, Albert Campian novel. The basic set-up is that there’s a ruthless and expert killer on the loose in London; he is one of the most dangerous men in...more
But once I got into it, I was really impressed on how the plot is so beautifully written. People who initially did not seem to have anything in common ended up being woven into a...more
There are plenty of attractive characters in this story, especially the endearing Meg, practical Amanda and odd Campion. Another of my favour...more
'It may be only blackmail,' said the man in the taxi hopefully. The fog was like a saffron blanket soaked in ice-water. It had hung over London all day and at last was beginning to descend. The sky was yellow as a duster and the rest was a granular black,...more
according to all the critics this is supposed to be margery allingham's finest hour. i didn't think it was terrible, but i did think it was a long way from the best campion i've read. the story is all about finding an escaped convict and veritable madman who goes by the unlikely name of jack havoc, he's the tiger to catch and london is, of course, the big smoke. an array of pompous characters and only a very small part for campion to play were my chief disappointments here. i have several other...more
The blood-soaked unravelling of the mystery, which becomes a character study of a killer, is gripping, but this is not one of my favourite of the Campion novel...more
Starts strong but stumbles about two thirds of the way through until it sags into a flabby and insipid conclusion. By the end I was hoping out of spite that the murderer would take care of a few more of the characters, maybe even all of them. Though he himself was one of the biggest disappointments: he was billed as a sort of Keyser Soze manque, but when he finally makes his appearance he just can't live up to the hype. Oh well. I think there's just something about the style of Golden Age myster...more
An escaped convict, a serial killer, is loose in a London fog, and has ties that lead him to a sweet young thing, her fiance, and Campion. Albert is awfully “null” in this, though, neither doing any “derring do”, nor solving an...more
This is Margery Allingham at her very best.
She's written 13 Albert Campion mysteries leading up to this one, and it was worth the wait.
Character development was paramount in this book. Not of Campion or his wife, Amanda, or Lugg, but I think it was presumed that you were familiar with them by this time.
No, it was the five main characters, Charlie Luke, Meg Elginbrodde, Geoffrey Levett, Canon Avril, and Jack Havock, that made the book. Their interlocking lives were intertwi...more
A young widow thinks she is involved in a blackmail attempt by a scammer pretending to be her former husband killed in the War.
A violent offender escapes from custody and this becomes involved with the case, with a genteel middle class fmaily and a bunch of peniless war veterans.
this applies to all her Albert Campion books - wish I hadn't given away my Penguin collection, the library has so few.
The atmosphere in this novel is absolutely bang-on; it's so creepy and evocative, with the London fog i...more
I do recommend it if you'...more
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.
Soon after Margery's birth,...more