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Look to the Lady

(Albert Campion #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,180 ratings  ·  172 reviews
A ring of international thieves target the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet held by centuries of Gyrths on behalf of the British Crown. Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery, but misfortune falls - and only vague Albert Campion stands in the way.

All the books from Albert Campion series are standalone t
Paperback, 274 pages
Published 1953 by Penguin Books Ltd., London (first published 1931)
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May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan C
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sleuth, 2017, england
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite Campion so far. And Lugg is one of my favorite characters. His interactions with Campion are hilarious at times. A note Campion leaves for Lugg was priceless. Just a little part of its beginning, a taste, to get you all interested: "Unutterable Imbecile and Cretin. Hoping this finds you as it leaves me--in a blue funk."

And, as always, I like to leave a note for the easily triggered that this book might have some things that will possibly offend their sensibility. Forew
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...
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
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
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.
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.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, british
Very well written. I love British authors. If you like Austen or Dickens or Trollope or Dorothy Sayers then you'll like Allingham.

And Campion is so odd and even ridiculous that he's a great character. Mr Lugg is a great sidekick.
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!
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.
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
Karla Huebner
Some kind neighbor deposited a whole cache of Margery Allingham books in the exchange box behind our local brewpub, so I made off with them. I had not read this particular one, which was the first Allingham I ever read, since high school. It therefore prompted memories of how my best friend and I spent many hours escaping our families by roaming the streets in the miserable Southern California heat, with our main destination being the rather small city library, where we would investigate the var ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margery Allingham's third Albert Campion novel has everything you could ever ask of an English cottage mystery! A prodigal son, mysterious characters, kidnapping, car chases, otherworldly hauntings, spectral beings, young lovers...the list goes on, but in Allingham's capable hands, all with style and wit and cohesive storytelling that keeps readers turning the pages for more. Campion is his most fatuous to-date, and his rollicking relationship with factotum Lugg keeps spirits high, even when the ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Campion and Lugg, his manservant, are wonderfully drawn literary characters. This is my fourth Campion mystery and I have to say, I find them uniquely satisfying. The element of mystery is there but what exceeds that in enjoyment for me is the sense of English life during the thirties and the oddball character of Albert. Margery Allingham has created one of the best mystery series I've ever read.

In this novel, we have a grand scheme to steal a family heirloom, a chalice the family has bee
Angela Roberts
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Solid English Mystery

I'm ashamed to say that this third queen of English mysteries was unknown to me. Margery Allingham writes in an understated yet truthful style that is a delight. In this book you meet Albert Campion a young English man whose background you surmise is highbrow though he never stays and in fact goes to some length not to say. He is seemingly a bad about but is in fact quite intelligent and doesn't miss much. The book is set in the period between the wars and captures all of
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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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