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Written in Blood was the history of the fabled Gyrth Chalice a sacred trust from the Crown to the Gyrth family Now a new chapter in its blood stained history was about to be written for Val Gyrth was coming of ageOn his twenty fifth birthday the male heir was taken to the secret room in the East wing of the ancestral home to see the monstrous thing that protected the Chalice And once the country people were whispering that he would never be the same againWhat was the Gyrth's chilling secret?

10 thoughts on “Look to the Lady

  1. says:

    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 uite peculiar and vapidvague 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 spooky and they possess a valuable chalice that is reputed to be even older around which a lot of pagentry is directed when the eldest son of a family turns 25 Val Garth is about to do so and has been kidnapped by some strange people with Campion turning up just in time to help him out of that jam and to return to his family to undergo initiation into The Family Secrets But all sorts of sinister folks are about and it soon becomes obvious that someone wants that chalice very badly and will stop at nothing to get it Various attempts to steal it are made and Campion must call on all his skills and many of his peculiar friends to solve the assorted mysteries around the Gyrth Chalice along with a wild horse a band of gypsies an odd archeologist a wild woman and a witch her demented son and the various denizens of Tower House itself where the Chalice is rumoured to be kept safely hidden A fast pace very likeable folks and hiss a ble villains lots of perilous situations and in the nick of time rescues and the affable Albert Campion pulling all the strings makes for a thoroughly lovely afternoon's read Still a treat even after many years and several rereadsNOTE TV VERSION WONDERFUL highly recommended circa 1990 with Peter Davison as Campion entire series great fun actually just about perfect unlike some of the later attempts at updating Christie et al

  2. says:

    Recently I have been reading the Albert Campion series I have struggled with Margery Allingham before and although I have enjoyed the first two books in the series I was underwhelmed by this The mystery opens well We have Val Gyrth an aristocratic down and out threatened by kidnappers and lured to safety by Campion To give him his full name Percival St John Wykes Gyrth belongs to an old family who are the keepers of the Gyrth Chalice Campion informs him that someone is out to steal this historic object and Val is important as it is shortly his twenty fifth birthday; at which point he has to attend a ceremony at his ancestral home That is assuming he overcomes his estrangement with his father which has led to him living as a down and out Campion Val and Lugg head to Val’s family home where they find a cast of characters all interested in the Chalice Before long we are embroiled in an adventure which involves murder sinister criminal gangs and than a hint of the supernatural This felt a little too much like the second book to work for me I will try a couple but I don’t think that Campion will ever challenge Poirot or Wimsey for my Golden Age favourite

  3. says:

    This is my 3rd ‘Albert Campion’ mystery of 19 written by Margery Allingham and I’m growing to like the idiosyncratic adventurer cum detective with his blue blooded heritage and underworld connections Something of a hybrid between Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey he has a pinch of Shakespeare’s Prince Hal thrown in for good measureAkin to her contemporaries in the ‘Golden Age of Detective Fiction’ the author has little empathy for the lower classes which is an entertainment in its own right but there is an exception in the brilliant caricature Mr Lugg Campion’s disreputable batmanThe stories are somewhat fanciful but they just keep on the sensible side of not having to suspend disbelief too often or for too long and they are worth pursuing for their insight in the s and customs of the time upper class 1930s England Look to the Lady is a tale of duty and inheritance and the desperate safeguarding of an ancient artefact from ruthless international criminals something of a recurring theme in books 1 3 It is not the most compelling or twisted of plots but an enjoyable ride if a slightly disappointing destinationThese novels work well as audiobooks with their relatively small casts of generally distinctive characters

  4. says:

    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 gotten wind that a theft ring has its eye on the Chalice While such a plot would be pretty cliché in the hands of some novelists Allingham breathes new life into it and I finished the novel in a single day Allingham introduces uite a few twists and adds on a most satisfactory ending Lovers of Dame Agatha or Dorothy L Sayers will not regret making Campion’s acuaintance

  5. says:

    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 ageSo even though I had already read this book it struck me as newAlbert 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 likeable fellow with no idiosyncracies to put you off He is amusing like Lord Peter without the aristocratic air There is no doubt that Campion is also an aristocrat but he doesn't snob it around like Lord Peter does He is funny and intellegent but likes playing dumb And everyone treats him like he is very simple minded which increases the enjoyment when you discover along with the bad guys that there is way to little Albert than there appears to be This is an early Campion and it is a good one A good mystery with a lot of uestions to be answered and a lot of interesting and engaging characters to keep you guessing And Lugg is here too Great and entertaining read

  6. says:

    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 uite as many hours I think tossing and turningA 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 male heir reaches 25 and there is some kind of secret ceremony One day a week their chapel is opened to the public and they get a glimpse of a chalice This includes a bully lady of the countyCampion thinks there is about to be a theft and they take a bizarre trip to London where they are held up by a mob of men It gets stranger from there But great fun

  7. says:

    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 likable and now I'm beginning to see some hope for Allingham's Albert Campion as well In the books I've read so far he has become a little less of an inane character and settled into a bit of your typical amateur detectiveAnd while I'm still debating the likability of the afore mentioned Mr Campion I am grudgingly admitting that I'm starting to enjoy Allingham's ability to tell a tale

  8. says:

    Herewith another late work from one of the Great Dames of the Golden Age of mysteryI made the proofing F1 of this book for Distributed Proofreaders Canada and it will be published by Faded Page

  9. says:

    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 uests for information and is often kept ignorant of information in what appears to be an attempt to make Campion seem to be all knowingAs is often the case in British “mysteries” of this time there are secret and yet well known to all the senior members of police and government organizations whose exploits cannot be thwarted by the standard representatives of authority This invulnerability is not well justified in the text of the book and appears to have no purpose other than to give a reason for the protagonist to break a variety of rules without fear of arrest or other form of punishmentIn this and the two previous Campion books are set in corners and byways of England that are backward even by the standards of popular English fiction of the time It is a constant irritation to this reader that poor education poor health and bad hygiene are presented as colourful picturesue and entertaining The aristocracy seems almost to have a glow about them the gentry are to be sympathized with if they actually have to work for a living and the rural folk and poor are caricatures reminiscent of Dickens than of any realistic portrait of England at the timeFinally this reader found the ending of the book to be very disappointing for a number of reasons Campion does not solve anything himself he does not personally thwart the crime he was hired to prevent and the reader is left to suspect that some mysterious supernatural force intervened at the last minute Logic dictates that if some unseen and mysterious force was able to prevent the crime then Campion need never have been involved and the whole adventure was an exercise in futility If that thought occurred to this reader then it should have crossed the mind of at least one of the characters we visit at the end of the book

  10. says:

    Unusual for a detective story closer to a Bond really in that Campion view spoilerdeliberately sets out to kill someone hide spoiler