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Look To The Lady

(Albert Campion Mysteries #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,514 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Albert Campion foils the attempted kidnapping of Val Gyrth, current heir to the Gyrth family and guardian-elect of the Chalice entrusted to the clan centuries ago. Escorting Val home to the village of Sanctuary, Campion reveals that the Chalice is being targeted by an untouchable ring of wealthy thieves intent on supplementing their own private treasure trove. When Val's a ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Vintage Digital (first published 1931)
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Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: Another lovely, totally unbelievable romp with Albert Campion and friends, both respectable and otherwise, as he undertakes to guard the heir to an old family and their VIP secret. Still shows Albert as quite peculiar and vapid/vague, but Allingham is gradually bringing the character into better focus in this third book.

The Gyrth family is rural County Aristocracy, very very old, and with lots of peculiar history behind it. Their home is at least a thousand years old, and extremely
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Susan
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Recently, I have been reading the Albert Campion series. I have struggled with Margery Allingham before, and, although I have enjoyed the first two books in the series, I was underwhelmed by this.

The mystery opens well. We have Val Gyrth, an aristocratic down and out, threatened by kidnappers and lured to safety by Campion. To give him his full name, Percival St John Wykes Gyrth, belongs to an old family who are the keepers of the Gyrth Chalice. Campion informs him that someone is out to steal
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Bruce Beckham
This is my 3rd ‘Albert Campion’ mystery (of 19 written by Margery Allingham), and I’m growing to like the idiosyncratic adventurer-cum-detective, with his blue-blooded heritage and underworld connections. Something of a hybrid between Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey, he has a pinch of Shakespeare’s Prince Hal thrown in for good measure.

Akin to her contemporaries in the ‘Golden Age of Detective Fiction’ the author has little empathy for the lower classes (which is an entertainment in its ow
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Ivonne Rovira
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three cheers for Margery Allingham! With each book, her creation, the bespectacled, deceptively foolish Albert Campion, becomes better and better. Look to the Lady, the third novel in this Golden Age series, is the best I’ve read yet.

Campion, the pseudonym for a disinherited younger son and self-proclaimed “junior adventurer,” reunites an estranged father and son — and just in time. The pair are the caretakers of a priceless Chalice they’re holding for the Crown, and Campion’s gotten wind that
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Susan
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another example of a book I first read about 20 years ago, and upon re-reading discovered it is way better than my memory thought it is. I only remembered about one sentence in the book (and I was happy to see that I remembered it correctly - take THAT middle age!)So even though I had already read this book, it struck me as "new".

Albert Campion is my favorite amateur dectective from all those Golden Age guys. I enjoy the Poroit stories, but find Poroit himself annoying. Campion is a like
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Jan C
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, 2017, sleuth
Not sure why this took so long. Maybe I had it in the wrong place. On the bedstand - but I was always reading the kindle in bed. Then I decided to see if not using electronics before bed would help me sleep better and switched back to actual books. (the jury is still out on the sleeping better, but maybe not quite as many hours, I think, tossing and turning.)

A royal chalice has been left for the Gyrth family to look after at their country home of Sanctuary. It only comes out of hiding when the m
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Mmyoung
Although an improvement on Allingham’s first two Campion books this outing still suffers from many of the flaws so obvious in its predecessors. Campion himself is shown to do little actual detecting or deducing. He just “knows” things -- often because of an immense circle of informants who, for no particularly obvious reason, have warm feelings towards him. The reader does not follow Campion in his various investigations and quests for information and is often kept ignorant of information in wha ...more
Francis
One of the three great dames of British detective mysteries. I find it a bit strange that all three created detectives that came across as vain, smug and a bit foppish, and in the case of Poirot it wasn't a matter of somewhat but rather excessively vain and smug. While for me, Christie's Poirot has become increasingly tiresome. Parkers, Sir Peter Wimsey on the other hand has become more likable and now I'm beginning to see some hope for Allingham's Albert Campion as well. In the books I've read ...more
Laura
Herewith another late work from one of the Great Dames of the Golden Age of mystery.

I made the proofing (F1) of this book for Distributed Proofreaders Canada and it will be published by Faded Page.
Tras
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. Gave me the same warm and fuzzy feelings that reading Enid Blyton's mysteries (Famous Five, Secret Seven, the 'Mystery of' series, and the 'Adventure' series) did when I was a kid. It was all thoroughly exciting which necessitated the rapid turning of (virtual) pages. Tons of stuff going on: Mysterious artifact guarded by family for generations, terrifying creature lurking in the woods, ruthless criminal gang, witchcraft, gypsies, and mass brawls, what's not to love? Oh and Campi ...more
Malcolmaffleck
As another Campion book, this one seems to contain all the key points of Allingham's style - Campion seems to be quite ineffectual but works out crimes within seconds, it's a basically one house mystery with assorted jaunts into London at times, a hint of romance between side characters and a secret society of criminals out to work their nefarious ends. However, it contains a lot of aspects that are not even close to likely.

First, why would a criminal society decide to stop their crime just beca
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Greg
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for some laughs on this, the day after, the US POTUS election.
DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE AND HER PEERS
1931
Will there be surprise secret passageways? Little to no real investigation? Last minute 'clues'? Preposterous stupidity? Hot, steamy sex?
CAST: 3=Val Gyrth (Percival St. John Wykes Gyrth) is the only son of Colonel Sir Percival Christian St. John Gyrth of the Tower, Sanctuary, Suffolk is about to turn 25. At 25, the eldest son is taken to a 'secret room' in the castle and the family secret handed down generation after generation is revealed. It's a secret so
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Andrea
Unusual for a detective story (closer to a Bond, really) in that Campion (view spoiler)

These early Allinghams have 'semi-redoubtable' girls in them: they're relatively brave, and involved in the action for the first half of the book, and then get withdrawn from the scene.

Listening to these in audiobook is interesting because the narrators go full on in 'falsetto twit' voice for Campion, which makes other characters' reactions to him all the
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Leslie
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
May 2018 reread:
I am downgrading my rating of this from 4 to 3 stars. My previous rating was based upon fuzzy memory of reading this years before. I found on this reread that something about the blend of mystery & adventure doesn't quite work for me in this. I can't put my finger on what exactly the problem is as these are two genres I generally like both separately & together.
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Mir
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, art
This is one of the sillier of this series, but it has a really excellent first chapter and more likable secondary characters than Allingham often writes.
Michalle Gould
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly fun... the note at the end says her novels have crept into the libraries of those wise men who like their nonsense to be distinguished, which I think is quite a good description (and probably one that originates from the author herself?). As an added bonus, contains varied information on inns and eating places of all sorts for those who are looking for that kind of thing as research for their own novel set in a similar time and place.
Portia
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cozy classics are usually fairly quick reads. This book,however, took me a deliciously long time. I became lost in Allingham's descriptions of places that existed in her day but are now long gone, in turns of phrase cleverly wrought, and flirtations that nowadays are considered quaint. Five stars. ...more
Carmen
'How on earth did you know?' she said.

Mr Campion sighed with relief.

'The process of elimination,' said he oracularly as he picked up the suitcase and trudged back to the car with it, 'combined with a modicum of common sense, will always assist us to arrive at the correct conclusion with the maximum of possible accuracy and the minimum of hard labour. Which being translated means: I guessed it.' He lifted the case into the dickey once more, and held the door open for Penny and her companion.

She h
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Theresa
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I picked up this Margery Allingham book at the library last week and finally got to it. It was a quick read, but not one of my favorites.

The plot was so interesting at first that I found myself caught up in trying to figure out who was trying to kidnap Val Gryth (the main character). How could Albert Campion (our ever -s-o clever- and- with-it detective), be sure that Val would follow the clues left for him and make it to his door? Who was trying to steal the chalice, and would they be successfu
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Eric
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this, the third novel featuring Albert Campion, is taken from Act 2,Scene 3 of Macbeth and the lady concerned is Lady Macbeth who has just fainted.There is ambiguity about why she did this and ambiguity is a great feature of Margery Allingham’s Campion books.

In many ways this is not a classic detective novel although it does contain lots of mysteries not least of which concerns the Gyrth Chalice, the proposed theft of which is the centre of the book, There are no real puzzles to be
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Jillian
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Still very silly, but slightly less ridiculous than the last one. Only slightly. I do like that they're quite unpredictable, but that's mainly because Albert is SO mysterious and refuses to explain anything. I think it's a fairly shoddy writing technique, since there's no chance the reader could possibly figure out what is going on (half the fun with a detective novel!) so I've decided to treat them a bit more like a fantasy. Albert Campion as the mysterious stranger who knows everything that's ...more
Christine Cody
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Albert Campion is such a delightful character. With friends from every level, knowledge from all quarters, he amazes everyone who first thinks he's an ineffectual, rather "inane" young man. I always love it as people begin to realize who they are dealing with. This series seems to get better with each book! At this rate, I'll be dancing through my hallways soon. ...more
Azar
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Britain's Grand Dames of crime fiction
One of my favorite Campion novels, this is the series at its best: action, adventure, mystery, with a touch of the supernatural and as always, tantalizing hints as to Campion's real identity that never quite add up to anything--at least not for the modern reader! ...more
Daisy Madder
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining story from one of the Golden Age authors (and not someone that I've read anything by before, but will certainly be reading more from in future), only slightly spoiled (on a personal level) by the ominous leader of the crime ring being known as The Daisy... ...more
Bettie
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C
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of mystery, a little romance, some evil thieves, and a great revealing.
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
A royal chalice has been left for the Gyrth family to look after at their country home of Sanctuary. It only comes out of hiding when the male heir reaches 25 and there is some kind of secret ceremony. One day a week their chapel is opened to the public and they get a glimpse of a chalice. This includes a bully lady of the county.

Campion thinks there is about to be a theft and they take a bizarre trip to London where they are held up by a mob of men.

What interests Allingham and what makes her bo
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Steve
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and exciting bit of English life. It opens with Val Gyrth, estranged young son of a well-to-do family who bizarrely finds an empty envelope addressed to him. This starts him on a wild adventure, eventually getting him to Mr. Campion and learning of a threat to a chalice that his family is responsible for. This propels the two men to seek to prevent the danger, leading them into situations strange and dangerous.

Allingham's writing is clear and enjoyable, her pacing strong. Necessarily
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Marti Wade
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His card read, "Mr Albert Campion. At Home. Any evening after twelve. Improving Conversation. Beer, Light Wines, and Little Pink Cakes. Do come."

This was my first adventure with the mild but madcap Albert Campion, though he features in quite a few more novels and short stories, some of which made it into BBC adaptations. Though I want to read more, it doesn't seem right to read murder mysteries one after another with mass shootings so much in the news. (Do you suppose the folks who want to rid
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Meredith
Hmm. Superstitious 'ghost/creature' sightings have a rational explanation, final reveal of 'guardian' of the chalice is in no way as sinister or scary as we are led to believe, unless there's something left unsaid - which wouldn't be surprising since there's a whole lot of explanation about what the chalice is, how it came to be, why it's so important to the crown, how the gyrth family ended up as its keepers l, etc, that is never explained.

Campion gets a bit annoying in always knowing the answ
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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 as Emmie Allingham. 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
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