Traitor's Purse (Albert Campion Series #11)

Traitor's Purse (Albert Campion Series #11)

by Margery Allingham

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ISBN-13: 9780099492832
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Series: Albert Campion Series , #11
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.87(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Margaret Allingham was a prolific writer who sold her first story at age eight and published her first novel before turning 20. Allingham went on to become one of the pre-eminent writers who helped bring the detective story to maturity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Date of Birth:

May 20, 1904

Date of Death:

June 30, 1966

Place of Birth:

London

Place of Death:

Colchester, Essex, England

Education:

Endsleigh House School, Colchester; the Perse School, Cambridge; and the Regent Street Polytechnic, London

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Traitor's Purse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just discovered Albert Campion and read the first 14 books over a couple of weeks. This was my favorite. Talk about plot twists, cliff hangers, and page turning suspense! Unusual glimpse into Mr. Campion's own romantic side as well. Definitely a keeper.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While I think I've read an Albert Campion mystery before, it's been a long time, and I think that this was the wrong one for my re-introduction to this character. I found myself almost as clueless as the sleuth himself who had suffered a bump on his head about the other characters in the book--characters that I feel were not developed enough in this story for me to fully appreciate this story. Campion remembers only that he must stop something about "15" when he awakes in a hospital. I won't give away the rest of the plot, but I will suggest that others not make this the first Campion novel they read. I also feel that the plot of this particular novel is perhaps more dated than others of the time period. I know Allingham is a "classic," but even classic authors sometimes have a novel that doesn't hold its own over a long period of time.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A man wakes up in a hospital. He knows it's a hospital, but he can't remember how he got there, where the hospital is, or who he is. Then he overhears a nurse speaking with a policeman about someone who's going to be arrested for murder.The man escapes the hospital, only to be faced with trouble all along the way. The man is Albert Campion, and although he can't remember anything, he does find out that the police are counting on him to stop an enemy from ruining the country. And he only has 3 days to stop it.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Truthfully I didn't like this one as much as others have liked it but that's okay. Once I started reading it, I felt muddled in the head, but then again, in this installment our hero Albert Campion wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and is foggy, so I guess I was right there along with him.After waking with amnesia, he remembers that there's something vital he must do, but all he can think of is the number 15. With Amanda by his side, he tries to reconstruct what it is that depends on his intervention, but it seems hopeless.A good read, but really, imho, not as good as some of the ones preceding.
JustAGirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Brilliant, brilliant book. Set in the early 1940s Albert Campion is trying to foil a plot that will have a catastrophic effect on Britain. The only problem is he's lost his memory and can't remember a thing about it. The plot is slowly revealed as he works out who is friend and who is foe and what is going on, all the while trying to hide the fact that he can't remember anything.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing 9 months ago
In this one Campion has suffered a concussion and amnesia, and spends the first half of the book trying to remember who he is, and what disaster he must prevent, and what "number 15" means. It's deep in WWII, with spies and double agents suspected everywhere. The book is so deeply immersed in that particular time and place that it is somewhat difficult to follow the logic and the desperate stress and fear in the atmosphere. This one doesn't stand the test of time as well as the rest of the Campion series, but still an interesting suspense story.
MariWatson1 11 months ago
There is something so delightful about a really good Margery Allingham Mystery. She is one of the best at complicated plots and so very English. This story was published in 1941 and has complex characters, murder and enemy agents. It also has more of Amanda and romance if you are familiar with the Allingham Series. Albert Campion wakes up in a Hospital with total amnesia. The thing that is driving him is his mission. It is terribly important and very secret. During this time he has to "act normal" even among his dearest which includes Amanda and Lugg, his Servant. The problem is he can't remember anything, including the mission. He is afraid that he has killed a policeman and that the force is after him. Albert escapes from the hospital and ends up riding with Amanda and a guest- who will soon be murdered. Amanda and he are staying at a Place called the Institute he found out. She has been following him...but how does it all tie in? Why the murder? The texture of the first half of the book, at least, has Albert Campion sick and working in the dark. But it is a finely-drawn wording that has him discovering his friends and enemies in a new light. Allingham, is a master at leading you through a mosaic of word patterns holding it tense and fine in parts. She also has the ability to make you feel that you are at a golden time of the mystery and privy to the well-educated class of Great Britain. I always feel I have read a Master when I finish. If you enjoy Sayers and Christie then you should enjoy Allingham and in the words of Amanda,"Be gone across the raging tide"