Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham

This one was first published in 1933, so quite early in the character of Campion, I think he improved with maturity. This might be because when Allingham started writing these books she was parodying Dorothy Sayers’s Lord Peter Wimsey, so she had to go that bit further along the silly ass aristocratic road, and has Campion with a secretive background, close to royalty I’m sure, well his name is Albert!

Anyway, this one is more of an adventure story rather than murder mystery and for me it was quite convoluted, or maybe it’s just that my head isn’t quite geared up to anything that I have to think much about at the moment. In parts it reminded me of John Buchan’s books.

The small Balkan state of Averna was apparently gifted to the Huntingforest family by Richard I but over the years has been forgotten about. The European political situation means that Averna could become strategically important, so the British Government sends Campion to the village of Pontisbright in Suffolk to search for proof of ownership which is reputed to be hidden there.

I particularly enjoyed the characters of the Fitton family, happily more than a wee bit on the eccentric side and Amanda in particular being feisty and refreshingly ungirly, especially for 1933 and of course she has flame-coloured hair, no wonder Campion is smitten.

4 thoughts on “Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham

  1. Same for me, I love the Amanda books. But when I reread this one a couple of years ago, it did not entertain me as much. Maybe because I knew the story, no surprises.

    • TracyK,
      Yes although I find that a second read of a book almost always throws up new things, for me it’s definitely a disadvantage in mysteries when you remember the plot.

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