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Sweet Danger (Albert Campion #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,099 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Margery Allingham is one of the best-known names in mystery fiction *The Campion novels have been extensively televised, and broadcast in the U.S. and the UK; a new series is currently under option *Enormous appeal to Anglophiles in general and fans of the PBS Mystery series
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1933)
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May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

Ms. Allingham, you can't just slap some Ruritanian Romance into your mystery. It does not work, just like the Holy Grail stand-in, tower-of-mystery trappings in Look to the Lady didn't work. And while I'm being blunt, the gritty crime action? You're not so hot at that, either. Stick to the standard parlor-mystery with clues 'n' stuff -- you do that so much better. There's not much mystery in this mystery: the good guys (representing the British government) race to get the Ruritarian McGuffins be
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Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una búsqueda del tesoro con pistas, valientes detectives, peleas y malos malosos que quieren acabar con nuestros protagonistas, pero solo al final, que antes queda anticlimático.

Margery Allingham consigue una historia muy entretenida y divertida, con personajes que caen simpáticos. El misterio no es tan importante. Lo divertido es la persecución de las pistas (el contrato, la corona y el tambor), con ese sabor tan de película clásica de los años 30 0 40.

No es nada del otro mundo, si se analiza c
Jill Hutchinson
I never know if I am going to enjoy Allingham's Campion books since they are erratic. This one didn't make a whole lot of sense and I never knew exactly what was going one since there are so many holes in the plot that are never explained. This story is concerned with the restoration of a title, the hunt for the objects that will provide proof, witchcraft, and the secret machinations of big business to get their hands on land belonging to the putative Earl. It doesn't sound too confusing but fra ...more
This is outright adventure, with discredited heirs, regal impersonations, postage-stamp kingdoms, international implications, and a whale of a treasure hunt.

The story itself is great fun, but Amanda Fitton makes it her own. Flame haired, talking a mile a minute, reviving ancient motor cars, turning an old mill house into a battery-charger, and knowing far more about what's going on than initially expected. She makes a fantastic 'Loot' to Campion's 'Orph', and thankfully reappears several books f
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Who is the heir to Averna? Are there any Pontisbrights left to claim this small estate that has suddenly become a much coveted prize property? The dispute over a small parcel of land that an earthquake has revealed to be valuable property will only be settled when proof of the inheritance is found.

"There's every evidence that on the land behind the castle there's an untapped oil field."

Albert Campion, (along with the help of three friends and the irrepressible Lugg), is assigned to the case. Th
This is a bit Raiders of the Lost Document/Ark in rural Suffolk. I found Campion's omnipotence a bit trying in this book and some of the escapes-from-death-and-injury caused me to roll my eyes. While Allingham maintains her skill with pace and description, this story would be more suited to a film genre where belief can be more easily suspended. As it is, this reader found it hard to maintain interest through the complexity and detail of the plot and sub-plots, finding some of it indulgence on t ...more
Sam Reaves
Margery Allingham is an old favorite, and every decade or two I go back and re-read the books. This is one I hadn't looked at in a long time; it was fun to rediscover it but just a bit of a disappointment, as I last read it in callow, wide-eyed wonderment. Allingham's books got more serious and credible as the years went by; this one is from her more whimsical early period. Albert Campion, her aristocratic sleuth with connections to the Powers-That-Be, is asked to lead the hunt for a trove of an ...more
Ah, what fun Campion is. I think my enjoyment is heightened by viewing the BBC dramitization of many of Margery Allingham's Campion mysteries. The characters enacted by Peter Davison (the seemingly distracted sleuth) and Brian Glover (his willful manservant Lugg) are always in my mind as I read these stories. For anyone who has not seen these episodes, buy or rent the DVDs at once!
This book did not disappoint. The bad guys are almost characatures of villians and the good guys are pure and heroic
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had some good characters, including one whom I hope becomes an eventual regular, and it wins big points for having a teenage girl who is an electricity geek, demonstrates tons of agency, and is shown to really brave without being stupid. But the overall plot is definitely more in the thriller category, and I was reading it hoping for detective fiction, so I was not as thrilled as I might otherwise be.
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, etc.
My absolute favorite Campion book thus far. Not only does it have all the elements that made Look to the Lady a favorite, but it also introduces Amanda Fitton, the woman who will eventually win Albert's heart, and you could not find a more perfect match for him--brilliant, stubborn, spirited, long-lost royalty, and best of all, a redhead! *g*
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Sweet Danger”, the British title of the fifth Albert Campion, should be a quotation from somewhere but no-one can trace it. The novel was written partly in response to the poor reception in the USA of
“Police at the Funeral” and was begun after Allingham had embarked on “Death of a Ghost”.

It is much less obviously intellectual than its predecessor being a confection of thriller, crime novel, comedy, and romance with elements of witchcraft. Although mainly set in Suffolk, it sets off from the Fr
Ashley Abate
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and different!
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nancy Oakes
So far, this may be my favorite Campion in the series. I haven't read them all yet, but up to this point, definitely my favorite. I'm amazed that so many people here gave it such low ratings, but to each his own, I suppose. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure story, because it's not so much a mystery, but rather more of a suspense/adventure type thing. I would also say that if you've been following Campion up to this point, you're going to really enjoy this one.

In a
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
This book makes quite a lot more sense than the 1980s TV episode. Part of that may be that I saw it in Spanish, but more I think had to do with the changes the scriptwriters made.

Having said that, I much prefer Campion as a detective than as a James Bondy wannabe. This is more Bulldog Drummond than Holmes or Wimsey. The problem boils down to this: Allingham seems to be running two entirely different stories in tandem, one with a very unsuccessful woo-woo factor, and the other a race to get the
Sep 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little off the beaten path for a Campion novel, though one that worked quite well in the BBC adaptation. We've got secret-agenty hijinks, MacGuffins big enough to drive a Rolls-Royce through, and a sweet English country girl with moxie enough to tempt a stout-hearted fellow to cradle-robbing. The usual subtlety of Allingham's text is a bit less striking than usual, but the broad strokes of the plot make up any deficiency in fun.

Rereading April 2017: Picked this off the library shelf without re
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I think this is one of the rare books in which I liked the screen dramatization better than the book. BBC produced a series called Campion based on these books which I really like. The Fear Sign happened to be the only one of the Albert Campion books that my library had. The book was overall okay with a few scattered laugh out loud lines mixed in. Maybe it was this particular plot line that I didn't particularly enjoy or maybe because I kept comparing it to the show. But I think it would be wort ...more
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read the entire Allingham series earlier, and liked them all. This one is one of my favorites. I like the ones that feature Amanda Fitton.

The series was written from the late 1920's through the 1960's, and the tone and style is not the same in all of the books. Some were humorous, witty whodunits, some were more serious novels.
Lynsey Dalladay
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute corker, one of my favourite Campions to date!
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El signo del miedo —cuyo nombre original es Sweet Danger, publicado por primera vez en 1933 en el Reino Unido—, es la quinta entrega del detective Albert Campion creado por la escritora Margery Allingham: un detective aficionado, nacido en una familia aristocrática —incluso podría proceder de la realeza británica—, inteligente, educado y muy intuitivo. Cuenta con un mayordomo, Magersfontein Lugg, que sería la antítesis de Albert Campion: soez, rudo e incluso ex-convicto. Ambos forman una pareja ...more
Joy Smith
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I read some Albert Campion stories by Margery Allingham--whom I always liked better than Agatha Christie--some years ago and after coming across a reference to them--decided to read and/or reread them. Sweet Danger is an early story, in which he first meets Amanda Fitton, a miller. (She'll be back.) Lugg, the former burglar who's now his trusted companion, is in this story, along with assorted friends. Campion's background is mysterious and only hinted at in the various stories.

Campion is enlist
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read a few Albert Campion mysteries in earlier years, so when a Campion 3-book set popped up at Kindle sale price I snapped it up. I don't think I sufficiently appreciated Margery Allingham's humor before. I was delighted with SWEET DANGER's first chapter, and the brief introductory history of the principality of Averna is a delicious satire. Allingham's sneaky descriptions made me chuckle throughout.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-17, mystery
These Campion mysteries are a real mixed bag. This one isn't really even a mystery, it's more of a gothic adventure. Amanda Fitton is a charming character but otherwise this is a low point of the series so far.
Susan Jo Grassi
It started very slowly and was, at first, hard to follow, at least for me. It ended with a bang and brought everything together. I like the oldies so I will try another Campion mystery soon.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Campion mysteries so far in my re-read of old favorites.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REREAD #1: 9/10 (5 October 2004 - 7 October 2004)

I find it strange that I'm having trouble trying to decide what to say about this book. It is my favourite Campion novel, but I'm not sure if I can say why. It just is.

The action begins on the Riviera, when August Randall (known to his intimates as Guffy) witness two unexpected events. The first is a strange man absconding from a high class hotel out a window; the second is Albert Campion, installed in the same hotel as the Hereditary Paladin of
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sweet Danger" has absolutely nothing serious about it. It's a fast-moving hodgepodge that includes solving a riddle, attempted black magic, impoverished nobility wrongfully denied a title, masquerade, and a touch of awkward romance. There's the usual cast of colorful characters, most of whom are not living the privileged life that dominated the last Allingham novel I read. A highlight: we meet Amanda Fitton, who returns in subsequent novels. Fun, but I may have concluded my run of Campion books ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
One of those books with two titles--The Fear Sign, and Sweet Danger. At any rate, it is the fifth Albert Campion mystery. I enjoy reading these older stories once in a while, and I liked watching the Albert Campion series on PBS years ago. I noted back in 2003 that this was very good-- he unraveled an old riddle, and proved who was the heir. I gave it an eight out of ten then, so I will now give it four stars.
Jonathan Palfrey
This novel is not really a fantasy: there's nothing impossible in it. However, the whole story is so implausible that it may be best thought of as a fantasy, first published in 1933, but akin to one of Jasper Fforde's more modern stories.

Along with being fantastic, it's also an exciting, charming, and romantic adventure story, set mostly in darkest Suffolk, although it begins with an unlikely encounter on the Mediterranean coast of France: starting as it means to go on.

Although the story is obvi
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
50th book of the year! Woo! ... ok so not the 50th from the list I was supposed to stick to, but small victories.

Allingham's Albert Campion series is clearly a good investment for mystery fans. Campion still needs some fleshing out, in my opinion. Compare to Sayers's Peter Wimsey series. The Campion books before this one gave me enough to start caring about the main sleuth/adventurer character, just as the first Peter Wimsey books did. Now we need a book that puts the character in a home setting
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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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