Mystery Mile : Albert Campion

  • by Margery Allingham
  • Narrated by Francis Matthews
  • Series: Albert Campion
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Judge Crowdy Lobbett has found evidence pointing to the identity of the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Simister gang. After four attempts on his life, he ends up seeking the help of the enigmatic and unorthodox amateur sleuth, Albert Campion. After Campion bundles Lobbett off to a country house in Mystery Mile deep in the Suffolk countryside, all manner of adventures ensue. It's a race against time for Campion to get the judge to safety and decipher the clue to their mysterious enemy's name.

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A novel crime thriller, superbly performed

What made the experience of listening to Mystery Mile the most enjoyable?

Francis Matthews' unique comprehension of the mood of the early Allingham novels - a joyous blend of ridiculous humour and thrilling whodunnit.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Mystery Mile?

The last round between Campion and Simister, a real thriller against a positively Dickensian backdrop. The scene-setting, even in this early novel, almost matches parts of Great Expectations and David Copperfield.


Have you listened to any of Francis Matthews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is up with any of Francis Matthews' renditions, even though this early novel, although very good - the first to really "star" Campion - is not the best possible source material. I do wish Audible would crack on and reissue the rest of them. Francis Matthews had a real feel for this material, head and shoulders above any other audio version.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm hopeless at tag lines and don't see what this contributes to a review.


Any additional comments?

Yes, the Francis Matthews version of Allingham's Dancers in Mourning is very rare. I've seen second hand sets of tapes for more than $200. So, please do that one plus More Work for the Undertaker - in which Matthews is truly inspired. The latter is a really great tale with wonderful characters which the reader clearly lived!

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- Thomas Holt

One of my favourite Campion novels

First off, this is a good reading of the story. I tried one of David Thorpes recent efforts and was appalled by his voicing of Campion as one of Bertie Woosters dumber friends. In comparison this is a unremarkable but non distracting version of Albert. It's a cracking story although it does meander at times, particularly around the death of StSwithen, where it's not altogether clear to the reader /listener exactly what purpose all the clues actually mean even after several readings.... In this respect the Peter Davison tv show handled this aspect better than the author.
The book really picks up once Albert and his pals embark on their rescue mission. Anyway, neglected and excellent crime fiction from the golden age.
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- D. J. Dubery

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios