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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 Guardi 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

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Traitor's Purse

Tance 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 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 MurderMystery Mile 1930Look to the Lady 1931 US title The Gyrth Chalice MysteryPolice at the Funeral 1931Sweet Danger 1933 US title Kingdom of DeathThe Fear SignDeath of a Ghost 1934Flowers for the Judge 1936 US title Legacy in BloodDancers in Mourning 1937 US title Who Killed Chloe?Mr Campion Criminologist 1937 short storiesThe Case of the Late Pig 1937 originally appeared in Mr Campion CriminologistThe Fashion in Shrouds 1938Mr Campion and Others 1939 short storiesTraitor's Purse 1941 US title The Sabotage Murder MysteryCoroner's Pidgin 1945 US title Pearls Before SwineThe Casebook of Mr Campion 1947 short storiesMore Work for the Undertaker 1948The Tiger in the Smoke 1952The Beckoning Lady 1955 US title The Estate of the Beckoning LadyHide My Eyes 1958 US title Tether's EndTen Were MissingThe China Governess 1963The Mind Readers 1965Cargo of Eagles 1968 completed by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion's Farthing 1969 by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion's Falcon 1970 US title Mr Campion's uarry by Philip Youngman CarterThe Allingham Minibus 1973 aka Mr Campion's Lucky Day short storiesThe Return of Mr Campion 1989 short storiesMr Campion's Farewell 2014 Begun by Philip Youngman Carter completed by Mike Ripleyso the character was already very well establishedDespite 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 subseuent 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 uite exciting Come Heal This Land you don’t dwell too much on the plausibility good fun and uite exciting

Margery Allingham É 5 Summary

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 impor Published in 1941 this is the eleventh Albert Campion mystery Campion awakes in hospital suffering from amnesia to find he has been accused of attacking a policeman He is aware that he has a task to undertake of national importance but he has no idea of what it isEscaping from the hospital Campion is picked up by Lady Amanda Fitton and Mr Anscome an elderly man who is Secretary to the Masters of Bridge Later he is introduced to Lee Aubrey and academic and Principal of the Bridge Institute involved in scientific research and war work Struggling to discover what he is meant to know what he should investigate and what the elusive ‘fifteen’ refers to Campion is feeling his way in the darkThis is an interesting addition to the series as we get to learn a little about Campion and he learns a little about himself This is especially true in his relationship with Amanda who is falling for Lee Aubrey and Campion realises what she means to him There is also a nice meeting with Lugg who is hurt that Campion does not know who he isHowever there are important issues to be dealt with with England in danger and a plot which must be foiled Will Campion succeed? Well you will have to read this to see but this is a really enjoyable addition to a series which I am warming to and and look forward to reading on


10 thoughts on “Traitor's Purse

  1. says:

    Published in 1941 this is the eleventh Albert Campion mystery Campion awakes in hospital suffering from amnesia to find he has been accused of attacking a policeman He is aware that he has a task to undertake of national importance but he has no idea of what it isEscaping from the hospital Campion is picked up by Lady Amanda Fitton and Mr Anscome an elderly man who is Secretary to the Masters of Bridge Later he is introduced to Lee Aubrey and academic and Principal of the Bridge Institute involved in scientific research and war work Struggling to discover what he is meant to know what he should investigate and what the elusive ‘fifteen’ refers to Campion is feeling his way in the darkThis is an interesting addition to the series as we get to learn a little about Campion and he learns a little about himself This is especially true in his relationship with Amanda who is falling for Lee Aubrey and Campion realises what she means to him There is also a nice meeting with Lugg who is hurt that Campion does not know who he isHowever there are important issues to be dealt with with England in danger and a plot which must be foiled Will Campion succeed? Well you will have to read this to see but this is a really enjoyable addition to a series which I am warming to and and look forward to reading on


  2. 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 tryKeep 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 happenThe 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 didI 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 ueen I want it all and I want it nowI enjoyed the novel but was often confused More confused than I felt I ought to be The most appropriate uote to describe how I felt is found in the book itselfHe was trying to fit together a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what sort of picture the pieces were expected to make


  3. 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 itAmanda 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 convenienceAs 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 uite frankly though I adore Campion just the way he is it's a humbling he sorely needs ;


  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 rememberStrongly 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


  5. says:

    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 MurderMystery Mile 1930Look to the Lady 1931 US title The Gyrth Chalice MysteryPolice at the Funeral 1931Sweet Danger 1933 US title Kingdom of DeathThe Fear SignDeath of a Ghost 1934Flowers for the Judge 1936 US title Legacy in BloodDancers in Mourning 1937 US title Who Killed Chloe?Mr Campion Criminologist 1937 short storiesThe Case of the Late Pig 1937 originally appeared in Mr Campion CriminologistThe Fashion in Shrouds 1938Mr Campion and Others 1939 short storiesTraitor's Purse 1941 US title The Sabotage Murder MysteryCoroner's Pidgin 1945 US title Pearls Before SwineThe Casebook of Mr Campion 1947 short storiesMore Work for the Undertaker 1948The Tiger in the Smoke 1952The Beckoning Lady 1955 US title The Estate of the Beckoning LadyHide My Eyes 1958 US title Tether's EndTen Were MissingThe China Governess 1963The Mind Readers 1965Cargo of Eagles 1968 completed by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion's Farthing 1969 by Philip Youngman CarterMr Campion's Falcon 1970 US title Mr Campion's uarry by Philip Youngman CarterThe Allingham Minibus 1973 aka Mr Campion's Lucky Day short storiesThe Return of Mr Campion 1989 short storiesMr Campion's Farewell 2014 Begun by Philip Youngman Carter completed by Mike Ripleyso the character was already very well establishedDespite 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 subseuent 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 uite exciting


  6. says:

    I am a big fan of the whole Albert Campion series but I think this war time novel is probably my favourite because we see another side of the previously enigmatic Campion I've just read it almost straight through after reading it several times before over the years and loved every minuteAs with many of the series it's of an adventure than a straight mystery and this one could have made a brilliant film noir At the start Albert wakes up in hospital having been hit over the head He doesn't even know his own name but he does have a vague memory that he has to do something vitally important to save the nation If only he could remember precisely whatApart from the thrilling Buchan style plot though there is also a strong romantic thread running through the book In his vulnerable state Campion suddenly realises how much long time fiancee Amanda means to him just when it seems as if he is about to lose her since she has grown bored of his half hearted courtship and is falling for another man Is it really too late to win her back?There is also a wonderful seuence where the wounded Campion fails to recognise his grumpily devoted sidekick LuggPublishers may try to claim that this is a good book to read even if you haven't read the previous novels but I can't agree I think a lot of its appeal lies in the contrast between the uncertain fumbling Campion as he is here and the flippant endlessly confident persona of the previous books


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. says:

    A good adventuremystery 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


  10. 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 tensionSo 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 uasi 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 worldI 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 themAny 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 intelligenceI'll be reading Might even try an Agatha Christie yes you read it here I have never read an Agatha Christie


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