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The Gyrth family had guarded the Gyrth Chalice for hundreds of years It was held by them for the British Crown Its antiuity its beauty the legends that were connected with it all combined to make it uniue It was irreplaceable No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying Kept in a windowless chapel and protected by a fearsome curse the Chalice should be impervious to thievery But this is 1930 and the crooks have all the advantages of the modern world Chief among these is the craving for publicity to which at least one me. 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 this historic object and Val is important as it is shortly his twenty fifth birthday at which point he has to attend a ceremony at his ancestral home That is assuming he overcomes his estrangement with his father which has led to him living as a down and out Campion Val and Lugg head to Val s family home where they find a cast of characters all interested in the Chalice Before long we are embroiled in an adventure which involves murder sinister criminal gangs and than a hint of the supernatural This felt a little too much like the second book to work for me I will try a couple but I don t think that Campion will ever challenge Poirot or Wimsey for my Golden Age favourite

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Look to the Lady

Treasure trove The vague bespectacled Albert Campion doesn't look like he'll be much help against them But looks can be deceptive Fleeing London for the supposed safety of the village of Sanctuary in Suffolk Campion and his trusty assistant Luggand come face to face with events of a perilous and puzzling nature When Val's aunt is found dead with an expression of terrified and terrifying shock upon her face Campion must preserve not only the safety of Chalice but also that of the Gyrth family Campion might be accustomed to outwitting criminal minds but can he foil supernatural force. 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 likable and now I m beginning to see some hope for Allingham s Albert Campion as well In the books I ve read so far he has become a little less of an inane character and settled into a bit of your typical amateur detectiveAnd while I m still debating the likability of the afore mentioned Mr Campion I am grudgingly admitting that I m starting to enjoy Allingham s ability to tell a tale

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Mber of the Gyrth clan has succumbed Her careless chatter about the Chalice seems to have called up all manner of misfortunes of which larceny is just the beginning Finding himself the victim of a botched kidnapping attempt Percival St John Wykes Gryth current heir to the Gyrth family and guardian elect of the Chalice suspects that he might be in a spot of trouble Unexpected news to him but not to the mysterious Mr Campion who reveals that the ancient Chalice entrusted to Val's family is being targeted by a ruthless ring of wealthy thieves intent on supplementing their own private. 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 uite as many hours I think tossing and turningA 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 countyCampion 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 It gets stranger from there But great fun


10 thoughts on “Look to the Lady

  1. says:

    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 uite peculiar and vapidvague but Allingham is gradually bringing the character into better focus in this third book The Gyr

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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 thro

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 ageSo even though I had already read this book it struck me as newAlbert Campion is my favorite amateur dectective from all those Golden Age guys I enjoy the Poroit stories but fin

  6. says:

    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 uite as many

  7. says:

    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 W

  8. says:

    Herewith another late work from one of the Great Dames of the Golden Age of mysteryI made the proofing F1 of this book for Distributed Proofreaders Canada and it will be published by Faded Page

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 of