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Mystery Mile

(Albert Campion #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,905 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile, deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of ...more
Hardcover, Vintage, 222 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Random House (first published 1930)
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Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
This was my first Allingham & my expectations were maybe a bit high. This book is only number 2 in the series & apparently in the first book The Crime at Black Dudley Campion wasn't the lead detective. Campion is an appealing character & I can understand his creator falling for him (so to speak)

I just felt that though I enjoyed a lot of the dialogue & the book's sense of place, that for quite a short book it took a long time to get to the point. I didn't think Allingham played
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Black Dudley Murder” should have appealed to me but I disliked every aristocratic personage. The alluring detective I favoured, is not our series protagonist. Albert Campion lost marks upon his “Mystery Mile” entrance, for sacrificing a mouse! Electrical currents can be tested in boundless ways! All of a sudden, the atmosphere shifted to moody marshland amid two instantly-likeable families. Police bureaus and typical city locales are boring. I rallied over the switch from London to a ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I love Golden Age mysteries, I have had a rocky relationship with Margery Allingham over the years. Having decided to give her another try and read the Campion series from the very beginning, I enjoyed, “The Crime at Black Dudley,” and decided to continue with “Mystery Mile.”

As with, “The Crime at Black Dudley,” we have another novel featuring sinister gangs and criminal masterminds. Judge Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identify the criminal mastermind behind the deadly
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Golden Age mysteries
OK, I have an admission.

Margery Allingham clearly based bespectacled, fair-haired, and apparently silly Albert Campion, first introduced in The Crime at Black Dudley in 1929, on Lord Peter Wimsey — no matter how much I refused to admit it when I read Allingham’s debut novel. Supposedly, Campion was to be a parody of Lord Peter. I thoroughly enjoyed The Crime at Black Dudley, with its Simister syndicate and the English-house-party-gone-wrong plot, and I didn’t care whether the treatment was an
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've heard ‘If you like Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, you'll love Marjory Allingham’ -- I do not love Marjory Allingham. Even if this Felony & Mayhem "Vintage" edition weren't studded with typographical errors, it would be an irritating read. Protagonist Albert Campion may be able to maintain dozens of aliases, but he is constantly making errors of the ‘not to worry, the evil gang can't possibly be on to us yet’ and ‘it's perfectly safe for the womenfolk to wander down to the ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Didn't expect to read this book so soon or all in one go, but I was having trouble sleeping, so I figured, why not? It's very obviously a cousin of Sayers' Lord Peter (Campion could, in fact, be Peter's cousin), although in a more satirical vein. Albert Campion is a pretty close analogue of Peter Wimsey, complete with a number of idiosyncrasies, and Lugg (although of a decidedly more criminal bent than Bunter) shares some characteristics with Lord Peter's man.

It's still fun, even though it's
Bruce Beckham
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook.

This was my first Margery Allingham novel – although it is the second in her ‘Albert Campion’ series.

Published in 1930 it is an upper-middle-class romp peppered with caricatured crooks and half-witted yokels. Protagonist Albert Campion is a gentleman sleuth of some hidden disrepute, able to tap into a network of rather improbable underworld connections whenever the need arises.

The plot was solid if a little unimaginative, but a sequence of slightly peripheral
Nancy Oakes
Would I recommend it? Yes. Whether or not you've read the first one doesn't matter in this book -- from here on out, though, you'll want to make sure you read the series in order (from what I remember). Not a cozy, exactly, but if you like British mysteries, you'll like it. Campion is somewhat enigmatic, but here, unlike in the first mystery of the series, he's pretty much on his own. Still holding on to that silly exterior, his character is a bit more developed in this novel.

The story opens on
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh
I am in a classic mystery phase. I have been reading Ngaio Marsh (Inspector Alleyn), listening to Agatha Christie in the car and have just started on Margerty Allingham's Albert Campion. I read the first book in the series (in which Campion plays a minor role) a month or so ago and now I have just read Mystery Mile. I enjoyed it very much. I know that some people find Campion's silly persona annoying but I don't. I like that he hides his intellect and abilities, constantly causing people to ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading Allingham and apparently a second mystery for this particular character. Every mystery writer has a detective and Allingham has Alfred Campion, a slightly ludicrous, though highly amusing character who, according to his business card, has no time for cases that are vulgar or plebeian. This was a sort of quaint or cozy mystery and for some reason it just didn't work for me. For all its charm of bygone era, the story felt too muddy and only maintained my interest ...more
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in the Albert Campion series. They are okay, and the characters are fun, the story itself really didn't hold my interest.

I listened to this on audiobook, and the narrator was excellent, giving each character a unique voice, so that was definitely a plus. However, I found that while I enjoyed the characters and the flavour and humour they brought, I was very easily distracted from the murder mystery.

I might pick up others in this series if I needed an audiobook for
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group
I enjoyed the atmospheric "Tiger in the Smoke" by the same author, but not this one as much. This is more plot driven, there is a mystery, a criminal mastermind, an unexplained (until the end) suicide, some suspicious foreigners and quite a lot of action, but it was curiously lacking in suspense despite all that. It did not help that I found Albert Campion irritating and the rest of the characters shallow.
Jan C
While reading this one. I found out that dear Albert was only a featured character in the first book. The Crime at Black Dudley. I enjoyed that one. As I also enjoyed this one.

Both have the same criminals - the Simister crowd.

I had it partially solved. Right guy but didn't know his position.
This was fun. I especially enjoyed Albert Campion's quirky personality and speech style, although I didn't understand some of his allusions and vocabulary. Will definitely read more Campions.
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I do adore Albert Campion. This was a reread for me and just as enjoyable the second time around. Can't recommend this series enough!
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
After several attempts on his life, Judge Lobbett engages the help of unconventional amateur detective Albert Campion. The judge has been engaged in the fight against the criminal activities of the Simister gang, and believes they have followed him to England. Campion arranges for the Judge and his family to take refuge in the Suffolk village of Mystery Mile, but strange visitors and a sudden death mean that he has to use all his ingenuity to keep the family out of danger.

Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I remember seeing a few episodes of the "Campion" TV series in the 1980s. Though I enjoyed the actors, there was a little too much emphasis on woo-woo "occultism" in the television version for me. It's refreshing to read the original yarns and find that they owe much more to Boys' Own and The Eagle than to ghoulies, ghosties and things that go bump in the night. I can also see that Peter Davison was perfectly cast as the ubiquitous Campion, whose silly-ass manner hides a mind and abilities that ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you like those post-Victorian era novels, then this mystery could be for you! Allingham has developed an interesting character in Campion, one who appears to be more of a aristocratic, dapper, bumbling fool than a shrewd detective (a bit pre Colombo). Campion keeps up a steady patter of nonsense, bad jokes and "wonderful puns," interspersed with the plants and plots the keep him and his fellow characters alive. Being developed along with his character is his regular compatriot Lugg (his man - ...more
J.V. Seem
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Some Golden Age crime is always nice. This author, though, is new to me.
I was very excited at the start of this book; the premise was just so good. The execution, however, is a bit flaky.
The story is set in a small English village, where an American judge is hiding out from some vengeful gangsters who have vowed to kill him. As tempting as that concept sounds, I felt that the merging of those two worlds, NYC mafia vs. English village life, isn't as seamless as it could have been. At times, it
Although still concerned with international crime syndicates, Mystery Mile is a good, page-turning mystery, and a thorough-going introduction to Albert Campion as main character (rather than bit part). There's an almost Holmesian quality to these stories and it's hard not to be charmed by Campion, whose guise of fool is only nine-parts false.

The women in the early Campion stories aren't tremendously impressive (at least compared to a later stand-out). They're either fragile flowers or practical,
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I've finished my second Albert Campion book. It is very deliberate, detailed writing! I have to remember that it was written almost 90 years ago! It is written in a time when readers played close attention to miniscule analysis of story and plot. Before there were cell phones, tv's, even radio, the reader knew how to tune in! I had some hard time following all the trivial plot details. I listened to most of it and had to laugh at the British narrator's interpretation of the American ...more
Ciaran Monaghan
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Albert Campion is an eccentric and faintly comic hero who seems to have a wide-ranging brief. I'm not sure about him as a comic figure but I quite like his Clouseau-Cato relationship with his manservant, Lugg. In this book, Campion is tasked with protecting a high-profile American judge who is on the run from gangsters and their leader, Simister. There is a death, some disappearances, a kidnapping, cryptic messages and a hero-villain showdown to finish, so it has a lot to offer. If you like a ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Campion travels back from the States on the same ship as the renowned US Judge Crowdy Lobbett, during the journey he saves the Judge's life and once in the UK arranges for him (and his son and daughter) to stay at Mystery Mile in order to keep him and his family safe. It seems though as if the Simister gang are ahead of them and no where seems to be safe, we have disappearances, blackmail, kidnapping and attempted murder! So Campion (and his somewhat unorthodox manservant Lugg) need to pull all ...more
Deb Jones
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Albert Campion is one of the most unique protaganists to come along, particularly during the era in which Margery Allingham wrote. Campion is a man of many talents and skills -- and neither then reader nor the story's characters are ever quite sure which Campion will show up.

Well-plotted, interesting cast of characters and a nice bit of suspense that builds to the final pages.
Lots of intriguing ideas (setting, characters, weirdly loyal criminals) but it never quite gelled for me. I suspect that as with “Black Dudley,” you need to read it for subsequent books to make sense. I’m not convinced that I’m a Campion “person,” but may try the next one to see if he grows on me.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gets off to a somewhat slow start, but the plot is engaging. Not her finest, but a good read.
Tracy Smyth
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I do like Roger Campion. I’m not sure if he’s crazy, or stupid or a bit of both. But he does seem to have luck on his side, and Mr Lugg as well
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Seriously silly. I forgot how much fun this series is.
Stephen Osborne
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first "starring" role for Campion, the urbane adventurer for hire. Nothing sordid, mind you. Here he's helping an American and his family. The father has a price on his head, being targeted by a man known only as Simister. Not quite as good as some of the other Allinghams, but still enjoyable.
Merrilee Gibson
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, the second appearance of “Albert Campion” we are treated to a masterful and sweeping mystery tale in the grandest of grand manners.

Mr. Campion is quietly enlisted to the aid of Judge Crowdy Lobbett. It soon becomes apparent that Lobbett’s life is in danger because he knows too much about a notorious underworld organization known only as Simister, which is legendary and known to be ruthless.

Judge Lobbett, his son Malcolm and daughter Isopel, are all taken to a remote manor of Mystery
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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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“Albert Campion: 'I’m serious!'
Lugg: 'That’s unhealthy in itself.”
“The incident had slipped my memory completely, which shows one, my friend Campion," he added with sudden sententiousness, "that a foolish action is more dangerous than an evil one.” 0 likes
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