Campion - Look to the Lady

 
9780790775913: Campion - Look to the Lady
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Behind his distinctive owlish glasses and gentle, deceptive naivete, Albert Campion conceals a passion for excitement and danger. Peter Davison (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctor Who) plays Margery Allingham's enigmatic sleuth, with Brian Glover as his loyal but slightly shady manservant in these classic mysteries set in the 1930's. When an international ring of thieves and killers conspire to destroy a prominent British family, Albert Campion and his sidekick agree to help protect the family name and fortune, but before long they find themselves involved in a witch's brew of curses, spells and naturally...murder.

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"Do you take the long road?" a gruff restaurant manager asks a hapless drifter, and thus is launched one of the serpentine mysteries featuring a 1930s sleuth by the name of Albert Campion, created by Margery Allingham. Look to the Lady centers around the attempted theft of a 1000-year-old golden chalice from the upper-class family entrusted with its care; along the way are woven in witchcraft, a vast criminal organization, strange rituals, and a murderous horse. Peter Davison, a former Doctor Who, stars as Campion, a bland-faced and genteel fellow with an almost ghoulish relish for crime. His interplay with his crusty manservant/assistant, Lugg (Brian Glover), a former burglar with an almost impenetrable Cockney accent, is the series' strongest element. The stories slip in and out of self-satire and seem to tweak the classic mystery genre, yet always stay firmly within its confines. --Bret Fetzer

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