Look to the Lady

Look to the Lady A ring of international thieves target the Gyrth Chalice a priceless goblet held by centuries of Gyrths on behalf of the British Crown Kept in a windowless chapel and protected by a fearsome curse

  • Title: Look to the Lady
  • Author: Margery Allingham
  • ISBN: 9780140093797
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • A ring of international thieves target the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet held by centuries of Gyrths on behalf of the British Crown Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery, but misfortune falls and only vague Albert Campion stands in the way.

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    About "Margery Allingham"

    1. Margery Allingham

      Aka 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, The Crime at Black Dudley The novel introduced Albert Campion, although only as a minor character After pressure from her American publishers, Margery brought Campion back for Mystery Mile and continued to use Campion as a character throughout her career.After a battle with breast cancer, Margery died in 1966 Her husband finished her last novel, A Cargo of Eagles at her request, and published it in 1968.

    886 thoughts on “Look to the Lady”

    1. BOTTOM LINE: Another lovely, totally unbelievable romp with Albert Campion and friends, both respectable and otherwise, as he undertakes to guard the heir to an old family and their VIP secret. Still shows Albert as quite peculiar and vapid/vague, but Allingham is gradually bringing the character into better focus in this third book. The Gyrth family is rural County Aristocracy, very very old, and with lots of peculiar history behind it. Their home is at least a thousand years old, and extremely [...]


    2. Three cheers for Margery Allingham! With each book, her creation, the bespectacled, deceptively foolish Albert Campion, becomes better and better. Look to the Lady, the third novel in this Golden Age series, is the best I’ve read yet. Campion, the pseudonym for a disinherited younger son and self-proclaimed “junior adventurer,” reunites an estranged father and son — and just in time. The pair are the caretakers of a priceless Chalice they’re holding for the Crown, and Campion’s gotte [...]


    3. Not sure why this took so long. Maybe I had it in the wrong place. On the bedstand - but I was always reading the kindle in bed. Then I decided to see if not using electronics before bed would help me sleep better and switched back to actual books. (the jury is still out on the sleeping better, but maybe not quite as many hours, I think, tossing and turning.)A royal chalice has been left for the Gyrth family to look after at their country home of Sanctuary. It only comes out of hiding when the m [...]


    4. This is another example of a book I first read about 20 years ago, and upon re-reading discovered it is way better than my memory thought it is. I only remembered about one sentence in the book (and I was happy to see that I remembered it correctly - take THAT middle age!)So even though I had already read this book, it struck me as "new".Albert Campion is my favorite amateur dectective from all those Golden Age guys. I enjoy the Poroit stories, but find Poroit himself annoying. Campion is a like [...]


    5. One of the three great dames of British detective mysteries. I find it a bit strange that all three created detectives that came across as vain, smug and a bit foppish, and in the case of Poirot it wasn't a matter of somewhat but rather excessively vain and smug. While for me, Christie's Poirot has become increasingly tiresome. Parkers, Sir Peter Wimsey on the other hand has become more likable and now I'm beginning to see some hope for Allingham's Albert Campion as well. In the books I've read [...]


    6. This is one of the sillier of this series, but it has a really excellent first chapter and more likable secondary characters than Allingham often writes.


    7. Although an improvement on Allingham’s first two Campion books this outing still suffers from many of the flaws so obvious in its predecessors. Campion himself is shown to do little actual detecting or deducing. He just “knows” things -- often because of an immense circle of informants who, for no particularly obvious reason, have warm feelings towards him. The reader does not follow Campion in his various investigations and quests for information and is often kept ignorant of information [...]


    8. Still very silly, but slightly less ridiculous than the last one. Only slightly. I do like that they're quite unpredictable, but that's mainly because Albert is SO mysterious and refuses to explain anything. I think it's a fairly shoddy writing technique, since there's no chance the reader could possibly figure out what is going on (half the fun with a detective novel!) so I've decided to treat them a bit more like a fantasy. Albert Campion as the mysterious stranger who knows everything that's [...]


    9. As another Campion book, this one seems to contain all the key points of Allingham's style - Campion seems to be quite ineffectual but works out crimes within seconds, it's a basically one house mystery with assorted jaunts into London at times, a hint of romance between side characters and a secret society of criminals out to work their nefarious ends. However, it contains a lot of aspects that are not even close to likely.First, why would a criminal society decide to stop their crime just beca [...]


    10. Incredibly fun the note at the end says her novels have crept into the libraries of those wise men who like their nonsense to be distinguished, which I think is quite a good description (and probably one that originates from the author herself?). As an added bonus, contains varied information on inns and eating places of all sorts for those who are looking for that kind of thing as research for their own novel set in a similar time and place.


    11. I picked up this Margery Allingham book at the library last week and finally got to it. It was a quick read, but not one of my favorites.The plot was so interesting at first that I found myself caught up in trying to figure out who was trying to kidnap Val Gryth (the main character). How could Albert Campion (our ever -s-o clever- and- with-it detective), be sure that Val would follow the clues left for him and make it to his door? Who was trying to steal the chalice, and would they be successfu [...]


    12. The title of this, the third novel featuring Albert Campion, is taken from Act 2,Scene 3 of Macbeth and the lady concerned is Lady Macbeth who has just fainted.There is ambiguity about why she did this and ambiguity is a great feature of Margery Allingham’s Campion books.In many ways this is not a classic detective novel although it does contain lots of mysteries not least of which concerns the Gyrth Chalice, the proposed theft of which is the centre of the book, There are no real puzzles to b [...]


    13. Albert Campion is such a delightful character. With friends from every level, knowledge from all quarters, he amazes everyone who first thinks he's an ineffectual, rather "inane" young man. I always love it as people begin to realize who they are dealing with. This series seems to get better with each book! At this rate, I'll be dancing through my hallways soon.


    14. Cozy classics are usually fairly quick reads. This book,however, took me a deliciously long time. I became lost in Allingham's descriptions of places that existed in her day but are now long gone, in turns of phrase cleverly wrought, and flirtations that nowadays are considered quaint. Five stars.


    15. Very well written. I love British authors. If you like Austen or Dickens or Trollope or Dorothy Sayers then you'll like Allingham. And Campion is so odd and even ridiculous that he's a great character. Mr Lugg is a great sidekick.


    16. One of my favorite Campion novels, this is the series at its best: action, adventure, mystery, with a touch of the supernatural and as always, tantalizing hints as to Campion's real identity that never quite add up to anything--at least not for the modern reader!



    17. Hmm. Superstitious 'ghost/creature' sightings have a rational explanation, final reveal of 'guardian' of the chalice is in no way as sinister or scary as we are led to believe, unless there's something left unsaid - which wouldn't be surprising since there's a whole lot of explanation about what the chalice is, how it came to be, why it's so important to the crown, how the gyrth family ended up as its keepers l, etc, that is never explained. Campion gets a bit annoying in always knowing the answ [...]


    18. I remember many years ago watching a very stylish BBC series set in the 1930's - the sort of thing the BBC do so well - about the adventures of the Gentleman detective Albert Campion and his manservant Lugg. I enjoyed the series and when I saw this book in a charity shop I thought that 49p might be well spent. I was righte book was written in the 1930's - regarded as the 'Golden Age' of detective fiction, when all the best detectives were amateur, upper class and employed butlers. (For Albert Ca [...]


    19. It's kind of hard to rate this particular story. I really enjoyed reading it, but it is wordy in that old-fashioned way that means you could draw detailed maps of every barn and farm and house anyone visits. And the basic idea of a family guarding an ancient chalice for the British government never made sense to me. We were never told why that family had to guard it or why it had to be kept secret or anything like that, you just had to accept the entire set up. Once the reader accepts that, thou [...]


    20. Surprisingly creepy and genuinely suspenseful. I was a little surprised how good it was. An extremely exciting and descriptive story, much more so than other mysteries I've read of the same time period. Unfortunately it seems that all the descriptive juice may have been used up by the time it came around to flesh out the female parts. The female lead is just a basic outline and rather annoying when she's in the scene.


    21. The third Campion book; the third book that is more of a thriller involving a secret society more than a mystery. Less character development, less tightly plotted than Mystery Mile, therefore less satisfactory.


    22. This had some interesting parts but the plot is rather thin and there's not much in the way of detecting going on. I am also beginning to tire of Campion's inane act, it gets old after a while. The ending is vaguely silly, too.


    23. While I don't love this particular story, I like it very much. The ending did not resolve to the extent that I would have wanted it too.


    24. Not exactly enticing me to read more Allingham here. Prose is ok, but the mystery elements are minimal. I'll try some later Allinghammetimemeday.



    25. I don't read mysteries/detective_stories much. This one -- not a detective story -- was a terrific read and great fun. Margery Allingham is one fine writer.


    26. ooo what a lovely gem of a book starts out slow but picks up speed and pace and a lot of action, but at the same time still a bit of fun. loved it




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