Narrator: Franis Matthews
Series: Albert Campion #5
Published by Audible Studios on August 1, 2012 (first published 1933)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Length: 7 hrs 37 mins
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Nestled along the Adriatic coastline, the kingdom of Averna has suddenly - and suspiciously - become the hottest property in Europe, and Albert Campion is given the task of recovering the long-missing proofs of ownership.
His mission takes him from the French Riviera to the sleepy village of Pontisbright, where he meets the flame-haired Amanda Fitton. Her family claim to be the rightful heirs to the principality, and insist on joining Campion's quest. Unfortunately for them, a criminal financier and his heavies are also on the trail - the clock is ticking for Campion and his cohorts to outwit the thugs and solve the mystery of Averna.
I’m a fan of Albert Campion. I like how he pretends to be a little dull and inoffensive, but is really pretty brilliant, daring and rather charming. The bad guy in Sweet Danger knows him pretty well too.
Savanke went on impassively. “I know your success, your association with Scotland Yard. Let me see, you are unmarried, unattached.”
“Fancy-free,” remarked Mr. Campion mildly, “is the term I’ve always liked.”
“You are thirty-two years old,” the voice went on inexorably. “You are reputed to be comfortably, but not lavishly provided for. You are reckless, astute, and quite extaordinarily courageous.”
“I take number nine in shoes,” said the young man with the toothache with sudden irritation. “I always wash behind my ears, and in my mother’s opinion I have a very beautiful tenor voice. Suppose I decide not to play revolutions with you?”
“I don’t think you would be so stupid.”
Oil has been found in Averna, which is on the Adriatic Sea. Big Oil in the person of the millionaire financier Savernake wants to take possession of it. Historically, the principality to an aristocratic family named Pontisbright. Although the line is believed to have died out, a young family in a Suffolk village think they have a claim to the title. Sweet Danger is not so much a mystery as a treasure hunt adventure. Campion and his friends are in search of three things that prove who the rightful owner of Averna is. They meet with the Fittons, three rather impoverished siblings who believe they are the true heir of Averna and join Campion in his search. The younger sister, Amanda, is the stand-out, lovely, fearless, and ingenious.
Of course, excuse the spoiler, the Fittons are the heirs. What else would you expect? But getting there is rather complicated, complete with several break-ins, a crazy doctor who believes in witchcraft, a couple of disguises, although the while trying to beat the bad guys. It’s a bit silly around the edges but fun.