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Ance to His Majesty’s government before his accident On the run from the police and unable to recognise even his faithful servant or his beloved fiancee Campion struggles desperately to put the p. After reading about her brother Philip Allingham in his excellent Cheapjack I finally got round to sampling some Margery Allingham Traitor s Purse is a book I d identified some time ago as a good entry point Before reading it I d enjoyed a radio adaptation Traitor s Purse was written in 1940 at the beginning of WW2 and has an ingenious war related plot that whilst invented by Margery Allingham was coincidentally something the Nazis had actively considered around the same time Her detective protagonist Albert Campion is another in the long line of gentlemen detectives so popular in the Golden Age era According to Wikipedia Traitor s Purse is the 13th book in the seriesAlbert Campion seriesThe Crime at Black Dudley 1929 US title The Black Dudley MurderMystery Mile 1930Look to the Lady 1931 US title The Gyrth Chalice MysteryPolice at the Funeral 1931Sweet Danger 1933 US title Kingdom of DeathThe Fear SignDeath of a Ghost 1934Flowers for the Judge 1936 US title Legacy in BloodDancers in Mourning 1937 US title Who Killed ChloeMr Campion Criminologist 1937 short storiesThe Case of the Late Pig 1937 originally appeared in Mr Campion CriminologistThe Fashion in Shrouds 1938Mr Campion and Others 1939 short storiesTraitor s Purse 1941 US title The Sabotage Murder MysteryCoroner s Pidgin 1945 US title Pearls Before SwineThe Casebook of Mr Campion 1947 short storiesMore Work for the Undertaker 1948The Tiger in the Smoke 1952The Beckoning Lady 1955 US title The Estate of the Beckoning LadyHide My Eyes 1958 US title Tether s EndTen Were MissingThe China Governess 1963The Mind Readers 1965Cargo of Eagles 1968 completed by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion s Farthing 1969 by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion s Falcon 1970 US title Mr Campion s uarry by Philip Youngman CarterThe Allingham Minibus 1973 aka Mr Campion s Lucky Day short storiesThe Return of Mr Campion 1989 short storiesMr Campion s Farewell 2014 Begun by Philip Youngman Carter completed by Mike Ripleyso the character was already very well establishedDespite not reading any of the previous books I found no difficulty in just leaping straight into the middle of the series I am not sure how typical this book is compared with others in the series I suspect not very In Traitor s Purse and after a bang on the head Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia All he can remember is that he was on a critical mission of national importance before his accident The amnesia is a clever plot device but not one that bares too much scrutiny A subseuent bang to the head restores his memory but only up as far as the previous bang on the head That said there s plenty of period interest in Margery Allingham s contemporaneous portrayal of wartime Britain with its blackouts paranoia and even a few fifth columnists Like most Golden Age detective fiction this is undemanding and so long as you don t dwell too much on the plausibility good fun and uite exciting

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Traitor's Purse

Celebrated amateur detective Albert Campion awakes in hospital accused of attacking a police officer and suffering from acute amnesia All he can remember is that he was on a mission of vital import. I take it back While I still adore Sweet Danger beyond belief this book has completely and utterly stolen the crown of my favorite Campion book from itAmanda returns again you ll probably notice I tend to adore the books with her in them and this time Albert finally gets it what the reader has seen all along that she is the perfect partner for him in every sense of the word and he is head over heels in love with her Naturally it takes a bad case of traumatic amnesia to do it and his timing couldn t be worse Amanda weary of waiting for him to come around has fallen under the spell of a charming other man and wants out of their engagement of convenienceAs if that weren t bad enough some horrid Axis plan to undermine Britain s war effort and its sovreignty is under way and the only way to stop it is locked in Campion s very lost memory Meaning he has to not only figure out a way to win back the girl of his dreams but also to save the Empire while he s at it For a man unaccustomed to being helpless in matters personal or professional it s a humbling position to be in And uite frankly though I adore Campion just the way he is it s a humbling he sorely needs

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Ieces together while the very fate of England is at stake Tightly plotted and perfectly drawn Traitor's Purse is an enduring classic of wartime fiction ‘A wartime masterpiece’ – The Guardian.. Best of the best but it only makes sense if you have read the series in order Very dependent on previous knowledge of characters and plots that came before


10 thoughts on “Traitor's Purse

  1. says:

    Published in 1941 this is the eleventh Albert Campion mystery Campion awakes in hospital suffering from amnesia to find he has been accused of attacking a policeman He is aware that he has a task to undertake of national importance but he has no idea of what it isEscaping from the hospital Campion is picked up by Lady Amanda Fitton and Mr Anscome an elderly man who is Secretary to the Masters of Bridge Later he is int

  2. says:

    I picked this book up on a lark I happened to be in a book store in Door County and saw this mystery on the cheap paperback shelf and thought

  3. says:

    I take it back While I still adore Sweet Danger beyond belief this book has completely and utterly stolen the crown of my

  4. says:

    This is one of the strongest of the Campion books almost pure thriller set during World War II Campion wakes not knowing anything even himself hears a discussion of coming murder charges and escapes into a non stop freefall of pretending he knows what the hell is going on with every second person he meets expecting him to save the world from a threat he can't even rememberStrongly recommended that both Sweet Danger and

  5. says:

    After reading about her brother Philip Allingham in his excellent 'Cheapjack' I finally got round to sampling some Margery Allingham ‘Traitor's Purse’ is a book I'd identified some time ago as a good entry point Before reading it I'd enjoyed a radio adaptation ‘Traitor's Purse’ was written in 1940 at the beginning of WW2 and has an ingenious war related plot that whilst invented by Margery Allingham

  6. says:

    I am a big fan of the whole Albert Campion series but I think this war time novel is probably my favourite because we see another side

  7. says:

    Best of the best but it only makes sense if you have read the series in order Very dependent on previous knowledge of characters and plots that came before

  8. says:

    This little British mystery was not really my cup of tea; my mother loved it and passed it along to me I think if I'd read others in the series I would have enjoyed it The premise was interesting though a detective loses mos

  9. says:

    A good adventuremystery book to pass the time with Not my favourite Campion Allingham starts off strong with a new and very inventive twist to the usual plot structure Unfortunately she doesn't seem to carry the

  10. says:

    Had only ever read snippets of Margery Allingham before and always as part of 'O' Level test papers; so had never thought I'd like her much Saw a cheap copy of 'Traitor's Purse' in the local secondhand bookshop so

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