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.
Margery Allingham was born in London in 1904. Her first novel was published when she was 17. In 1929 she published The Crime at Black Dudley and introduced the character who was to become the hallmark of her writing - Albert Campion
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By Amanda on 01-03-13
What was wrong with the Francis Matthews version
Ive been waiting so long for the unabridged Margery Allingham's to appear on audible and was delighted a few months ago when the first arrived - narrated by Francis Matthews. To me he gets Campion spot on - the lightness of touch, but also some gravitas. David Thorpe, while a good reader overall, doesn't get Campion. Makes him into an upper class twit, and quite irritating. Shame...
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By Meep on 16-11-13
Love the start to this one, like the reader
What did you love best about Look to the Lady?
I like David Thorpe as reader for these books much better than Frances Matthews. I wrote a small novel about why in my review of, "The Crime at Black Dudley" and I will just add to it by saying that I think he's even better here than he was there, and that he reads Campion AS ALLINGHAM WROTE HIM which is what I like in a reader. Allingham was finding her range with this story, and it's got some splendid scenes in it, a great story line, and a lovely supernatural element as well. Plus, it introduces Lugg, Campions right hand man and one of my favorite characters in fiction. I highly recommend this both for the story and the fact that is is well read.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Look to the Lady?
I'm fond of the relationship between Lugg and the butler at the Gyrth estate. I also enjoy the way this one starts,with the homeless man mysteriously summoned to Campions flat in an….unusual… way
Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favorite?
Always very fond of Lugg.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It didn't make me cry, but the dialog made me laugh more than once. It's witty and sharp and has the inimitable dry British wit that I love.
Any additional comments?
If you love Golden Age mysteries, you will probably enjoy this.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Marie on 05-01-15
Kept me up listening
A wonderful listen. Campion is in fine fettle in this story about a gang of art thieves and a holy relic. Plenty of plot twists will keep you guessing until the end.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful