Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mr Campion's Fault: Margery Allingham's Albert Campion's new mystery by Mike Ripley

Mr. Campion is retired now so he's supposed to be taking it easy.  But his curiosity is still lively and his instincts haven't quieted down.  When his son and daughter-in-law go to a quiet little town to work temporarily at the school, he decides to go visit.  Then he decides to follow his nose and see where it leads him...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.

Mr. Ripley does a very nice job of maintaining the flavor of Ms. Allingham's character, Mr. Campion.  He's been a favorite character of mine so I was glad to see there would be more stories about him.

He's as irascible as usual in this tale.  He thinks there must be a connection between the death of a school teacher and the theft of safes in the local businesses.  He's not sure how, but it seems it must have a connection. In the meantime, his son is trying to work with the rugby team and his daughter-in-law is working on play that has been truncated and features a local woman everybody wishes wasn't in it.

The town is small, everyone knows everything about everyone else, and there's rumored to be a witch in the woods. With five churches, there's a religion for almost everyone.  There's a missing man who has just been released from prison.  It's a mining town and one of the bars belongs to that group of workers.  Others are not welcome there.  It's well known there's something going on but no one is quite sure just what or why.  Luckily, Mr. Campion has time before his wife joins him and he can do some snooping.

This series is not fast paced but it is good reading.  With several deaths, $40,000 missing cash, missing convicts and more, you have plenty to keep your occupied.  If you've read about Campion before you know you'll want to read this one.  If not, try this one and you might find a new series to pursue.

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