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txt Traitor's Purse, text ebook Traitor's Purse, adobe reader Traitor's Purse, chapter 2 Traitor's Purse, Traitor's Purse fffbe6 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 Importance 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 Pieces 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


About the Author: Margery Allingham

Maxwell March.Margery Louise Allingham was born in Ealing, London in 1904 to a family of writers Her father, Herbert John Allingham, was editor of The Christian Globe and The New London Journal, while her mother wrote stories for women s magazines Margery s aunt, Maud Hughes, also ran a magazine Margery earned her first fee at the age of eight, for a story printed in her aunt s magazine.Soon after Margery s birth, the family left London for Essex She returned to London in 1920 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic now the University of Westminster , and met her future husband, Philip Youngman Carter They married in 1928 He was her collaborator and designed the cover jackets for many of her books.Margery s breakthrough came 1929 with the publication of her second novel,



10 thoughts on “Traitor's Purse

  1. 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 I haven t read a good mystery in a while I ll give it a try Keep in mind that Traitor s Purse is one in a series of mystery novels about Albert Campion I had no knowledge of the background of the character I swore that if I got too lost and felt that I would need to back read one of the preceding novels, I was going to lem the book Thankfully, that didn t happen.The reason is, the main character starts out waking up in a hospital bed with no memory of why he is there or even who he is I ve kind of experienced this myself, after my back surgery years ago Tabula Rasa right from the get go we learn to know Albert Campion as he gets to know himself And it sort of works I have to wonder, though, how much of the plot Allingham actually knew as she wrote the novel It seems to meander, at times, with several oddly placed sidenotes Toward the end, things felt thrown together The reveal ation of Campion s memories is very, very clumsy It could have been much better had I felt that Allingham had a stronger auctorial voice Strength of prose can carry an otherwise mediocre work to new heights, especially in a mystery novel or, at least, it did in the few mystery novels I have read I kept hoping that the novel would resolve itself strongly and really come together, but it never really did.I am, of course, lacking all context Maybe if I had read a Campion novel or two before, or even one after, I might have a stronger connection with the plot But maybe this is why I largely don t like reading series give me what I need as a reader, please In the words of Queen I want it all, and I want it now I enjoyed the novel, but was often confused More confused than I felt I ought to be The most appropriate quote to describe how I felt is found in the book itself He was trying to fit together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what sort of picture the pieces were expected to make.


  2. says:

    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 it.Amanda 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 convenience.As 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 quite frankly, though I adore Campion just the way he is, it s a humbling he sorely needs.


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    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 Murder Mystery Mile 1930 Look to the Lady 1931 US title The Gyrth Chalice Mystery Police at the Funeral 1931 Sweet Danger 1933 US title Kingdom of Death The Fear Sign Death of a Ghost 1934 Flowers for the Judge 1936 US title Legacy in Blood Dancers in Mourning 1937 US title Who Killed Chloe Mr Campion Criminologist 1937 short stories The Case of the Late Pig 1937 originally appeared in Mr Campion Criminologist The Fashion in Shrouds 1938 Mr Campion and Others 1939 short stories Traitor s Purse 1941 US title The Sabotage Murder Mystery Coroner s Pidgin 1945 US title Pearls Before Swine The Casebook of Mr Campion 1947 short stories More Work for the Undertaker 1948 The Tiger in the Smoke 1952 The Beckoning Lady 1955 US title The Estate of the Beckoning Lady Hide My Eyes 1958 US title Tether s End Ten Were Missing The China Governess 1963 The Mind Readers 1965 Cargo of Eagles 1968 completed by Philip Youngman Carter Mr Campion s Farthing 1969 by Philip Youngman Carter Mr Campion s Falcon 1970 US title Mr Campion s Quarry by Philip Youngman Carter The Allingham Minibus 1973 aka Mr Campion s Lucky Day short stories The Return of Mr Campion 1989 short stories Mr Campion s Farewell 2014 Begun by Philip Youngman Carter, completed by Mike Ripley so the character was already very well established.Despite 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 subsequent 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 quite exciting.


  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 remember.Strongly recommended that both Sweet Danger and The Fashion in Shrouds be read before this, or you ll miss all the emotional impact of Campion s personal life.


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  6. 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.


  7. 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 most of his memory yet knows that an impending event is about to change the course of the country and he must stop it Most of the story focuses on how he puzzles it out but will he be on time to avert disaster In the end, all is revealed It s a clever story and has a few chuckles here and there, but it was written in the early 1940s, so the humor is both older and very British Some words stumped me as well, and the cast of characters was rather long and somewhat mysterious again, since I jumped into the middle of the series It was good enough to keep me reading til the end, but I confess to being glad when I turned that last page Onto something my cup of tea


  8. says:

    A good adventure mystery 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 tension through to the end Still worth perusing


  9. 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, in for a penny in for a pound 2 in fact , bought it I thought all my ancient prejudices were going to be confirmed after 10 pages as I hadn t much of an idea what the hell was going on, but by covering the next 10 pages I got it when your detective protagonist has received a hell of a crack on the back of the head with a cosh often referred to as a piece of lead piping, which made me think that the lead piping in Cluedo must be realistic than I had imagined , it s unlikely he ll have much of a clue about what s gpoing on I found this an engaging conceit a mystery story in which the protagonist is almost as much in the dark as the reader And it was carried on until virtually the last few pages, by which time the reader is probably a couple of steps ahead of the detective and the tension in this case the likelihood that wartime Britain will be sunk by whoops no spoiler alert The result of this device, on me at least, was to ratchet up the tension.So much for the excellence of that aspect of the novel And I did see it as a novel rather than a detective story Why because the characterisation was just as good as a novelist s Allingham also has a love story running through the narrative between Campion, her detective, and Amanda, his sidekick, and Campion s anxiety about not knowing what he is supposed to be doing is heightened by his anxiety that Amanda whom he loves has been sidetracked into feeling she prefers Lee Aubrey, one of The Masters of Bridge, Bridge being where the novel is set and which seems to be a quasi autonomous polis and hub of wealth and invention The narrative unfurls slowly which I enjoyed , and as much attention is given to moments of intense action as to the thoughts and responses of the leading characters Gratifyingly, I never found myself, as I did with a James Patterson a few weeks ago, just skim reading for story after the half way mark there s to watch out for in Allingham s world.I think I may have enjoyed the novel the for knowing that it was the sort of thing my parents read during the war and for feeling, very strongly, the atmosphere of an older Britain in the writing as a window onto a past I never knew or paid much attention to the baby boomer taking the new world of the 60s and European peace for granted In this respect, some of what I felt was hyperbole about the peril of the situation Campion is trying to avert needs reassessment written in 1941, the circumstances the novel describes would have been felt to be, one imagines, just as terrifying as Allingham makes them.Any reservations perhaps a little hackneyed in some of its settings, and perhaps melodramatic The villain is a megalomaniac, but I think he is kept within the bounds of credibility if one thinks of the kind of superiority generated by Oxford and Cambridge, by power and by an unanswerable and totally self assured intelligence.I ll be reading Might even try an Agatha Christie yes, you read it here I have never read an Agatha Christie.


  10. says:

    Albert Campion, who doesn t remember he is Albert Campion, wakes up in the hospital, without memory, and overhears a police man talking to a nurse in the hall The cop is guarding a patient who got knocked out in a brawl where he killed another officer.It s simply an awesome start for a plot Our hero is confused, doesn t even know who he is, but has a vague idea that he has to do something very important, somewhere From thereon out, he pieces together his life and his case.I absolutely adored the first half or so It was an absolute thriller of cliffhangers, and god, what a good premise for a crime novel No memory, who do you trust, everything is mysterious.However, as the novel started nearing its completion, I started getting in trouble.It may be because I m a bit slow, I ve had this trouble with novels before, that when conspiracies start getting global, there s a limit to what I understand World economy, relations between countries, war Not topics I ve studied or have any sort of profound understanding of.My attention started slipping, and I m still kinda hazy on some of the contents It simply got too big for me, I guess.So, three stars for the superfunkyawesome start, and two missing ones for an for my childlike mind, at least unsatisfactory conclusion.


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