Mr Campion's Wings
by Mike Ripley
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Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2021
Canongate Books, Severn House
"Ripley again marries a crafty plotline with a persuasive evocation of Allingham’s style and characterizations. Fans of the originals will be delighted"- Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“I have often said that my wife is a constant surprise to me.”
Cambridge, 1965. The honorary doctorate ceremony for Albert Campion’s wife takes a dramatic turn when Lady Amanda is arrested by Special Branch for breaking the Official Secrets Act.
Never before having taken much interest in his wife’s work in cutting-edge aircraft design, Mr Campion sets out to discover more about the top-secret Goshawk Project in which Amanda is involved. He quickly realizes he is not the only one keen to learn the secrets of the project.
When a badly mutilated body is discovered at the Goshawk Project’s hangar – the result, it would appear, of a bizarre accident – Campion is drawn into a turbulent mix of industrial espionage and matters of national security. And as he attempts to get to the bottom of the deadly goings-on, it seems that the bicycles and punts are almost as dangerous as the aircraft . . .
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My goodness but I enjoyed reading this book! The plotting reminds me strongly of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (by John Le Carre if you aren't familiar with that book) except with bits of the Campion lightness added in to keep it less serious. I had *worried* about Campion being in his eighties and still having to go hither and yon to investigate crimes and problems, so it made me very happy to see that Mike Ripley has set this story in 1965 when Albert has just turned 65. This Albert Campion I like quite a lot.
Lady Amanda owns Alandel Aeroplanes (I didn't know that!) and is in Cambridge to receive an honorary doctorate relating to aeronautical engineering. The champagne has just begun to flow after the ceremony when two men from Special Branch inform Lady Amanda that she must come with them, and they march her out of the party. Well, never could Albert resist untangling a web such as this! The great thing is that we get to follow along while he does it.
This Albert Campion series of crime stories as written by Mike Ripley continues to be a favorite of mine and something I look forward to each year. The stories seem to keep getting stronger with each new issue and Ripley comes up with plots that are strong enough to let Campion show how intellectual and talented he really is at solving riddles. This one includes Lady Amanda in a very favorable light but not quite enough Lugg. Maybe in the next one.
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for an e-galley of this novel.
Reading this delectable mystery set in 1965 Cambridge was pure joy. Written by brilliant author and archaeologist Mike Ripley, Mr. Campion's Wings takes place during the Cold War and is a continuation of Golden Age Margery Allingham's clever Mr. Campion series, the ninth written by this author. Do not allow that to cause pause for a fraction of a second...Ripley's books are every bit as crafty and wonderful! The historical references and wit are tremendous fun and are written with such a canny knowledge it is impossible to feel you are anywhere else but that era.
Aircraft designer/engineer Lady Amanda is arrested for breaking the Official Secrets Act during a special honorary doctorate ceremony. Her husband, Albert Campion, takes more of a passing interest in the Goshawk Project she is involved in, especially after murder and mayhem interrupt and create havoc. Wonderfully eccentric and quirky characters such as Lugg enter the scene, too. There is much more than merely murder on the menu...the characters make this book even more special. The humour is reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse and the descriptions are superb! If I could give this six stars out of five I would. It is THAT good.
All Mystery lovers ought to prioritize this unmissable series, especially those who yearn for the marvels of the Golden Age.
My sincere thank you to Canongate Books and NetGalley for the pleasure and privilege of reading this fabulous book!
A rollicking murder mystery set in Cambridge (UK) during the Swinging Sixties teeming with lots of bikes and miniskirts, a buoyant university town where one is quickly immersed in a very dangerous and unsettling atmosphere of Cold War spying and counter spying so prevalent at the time in Western Europe.
Once again we have a fictional date with the winsome Albert Campion and his delightful wife Amanda as they try to skillfully untangle and elucidate some unsavory shenanigans taking place within an aeronautical engineering project in which Amanda has been involved as a program manager. But when a gruesome accident turns out to be a coldblooded murder, it triggers a race against time to unmask the killer or killers and stop the potential spies hidden among Amanda's colleagues...
An action-packed whodunit from start to finish, cleverly plotted and blessed with a cast of unforgettable characters ( I really enjoyed the overbearing Yankees), this latest Campion Adventure reminded me of an old fashioned black and white episode of the Avengers with Al & Amanda greatly relishing the opportunity to portray John Steed and Emma Peel for the greatest happiness of their faithful followers.....
A truculent and witty treat that deserves to be enjoyed without any moderation whatsoever👍
Many thanks to Netgalley and Canongate/Severn House for this terrific ARC
One of my favourite sleuths!
As always, a delight to read about now retired Albert Campion. An intelligent, take no prisoners mystery. Campion’s wife, an aeronautics whizz is in the thick of things.
It’s 1965, and Lady Amanda is taken away rather publicly by Special Branch under the Official Secrets Act. Right in the middle of a ‘do’ at Cambridge. She was receiving an honorary doctorate “for services to aeronautical engineering.”
Apparently Amanda is involved in a top secret endeavour, the Goshawk Project, “researching the possibility of producing an advance agile fighter plane and looking at structure and stress on metals.”
It’s but a small step from Amanda being escorted away to an investigation of the people involved in the project.
There’s a lot at stake here, as we discover. As Campion works towards resolution, Goshawk personnel are given another look. A fatal accident at the site might be more than it appears. Campion forges ahead, quietly observing and drawing conclusions. His Intelligence and Police experiences whisper in the background. The Cold War is rife and several threads begin to unravel.
Another fabulous Campion read!
A Canongate / Severn ARC via NetGalley
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change
In this book, Lady Amanda, Campion's wife, is arrested for violating the Official Secrets Act and Campion sets out to find out who the real spy is at Amanda's airplane research center. Set in Cambridge in 1965, With a lovely setting that makes great use of the town, the university, and the traditions, and a very exciting denoument, i loved this book.
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