Narrator: David Thorpe
Series: Albert Campion #3
Published by Audible Studios on February 18, 2013 (first published 1931)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Length: 8 hrs 27 mins
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The Gyrth family had guarded the Chalice for hundreds of years. It was held by them for the Crown. Its antiquity, its beauty, the extraordinary legends that were connected with it, all combined to make it unique of its kind. It was irreplaceable. No thief could hope to dispose of it in the ordinary way. And indeed no ordinary thief would dream of trying. But there are others besides those who make their living by robbery, others whose immense wealth and passion for collecting render them less immune to the practical considerations that must guide even the less honestly minded citizens. These people cherish a desire to possess for their own private pleasure treasure that cannot be bought. And it was by this sort of person that the Chalice, and the lives and happiness of its guardians, were now threatened.
After listening to the first Albert Campion mystery I wasn’t sure how I felt about the series. Look to the Lady is definitely a funner book. Campion is our main character now, and while he’s still an odd duck, he clearly knows a lot about what is going on and has quite a few influential friends.
The chalice is a priceless, ancient relic and a rich collector wants it. This collector is a member of a group that has its own methods and rules, and Campion is quite familiar with their system. Campion is becoming an interesting character. He is not quite a detective, more like a clever, innocuous man for hire. His plan this time is to figure out who the collector’s agent is and basically make sure that person ends up dead.
I listened to this one right after the first, so comparisons are inevitable. Allingham took more care of the secondary characters this time around. They were more fully developed and it was enjoyable spending time with them. The plot is still a little silly, but the bad guys are not as ridiculous. Their motives are clearer and they are not as stereotypical as in the first.
I’ll probably read/listen to another one or two in the series and see how Campion develops.