Book Review: Sweet Danger by Margery Allingham (Albert Campion, 5)

Sweet Danger is a detective novel written by Margery Allingham and published in 1933. The novel is the fifth installment in the Albert Campion series, which follows the adventures of the gentleman detective and his associates.

The story is set in the small, picturesque village of Pontisbright, where Campion has taken up residence under an assumed name. Campion soon becomes embroiled in a mystery when a young woman named Val Gyrth arrives in the village seeking his help. Val is the last member of an ancient and aristocratic family, and she believes that her life is in danger. Campion agrees to help her and soon finds himself in the midst of a web of intrigue and deception.

The plot of Sweet Danger is complex and well-crafted, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Allingham’s writing is elegant and evocative, and she creates a vivid sense of place in the village of Pontisbright. The characters are also well-drawn, with Campion in particular standing out as a charming and enigmatic figure.

One of the strengths of the novel is its sense of humor. Allingham has a deft touch with witty dialogue and humorous situations, and these elements add a lighthearted touch to the story. At the same time, the novel also has a darker side, with themes of betrayal, revenge, and murder.

Sweet Danger is an entertaining and well-crafted detective novel. It will appeal to fans of classic mystery fiction and to readers who appreciate strong writing and engaging characters. Allingham’s skill as a storyteller is on full display here, making this a standout entry in the Albert Campion series. You can get a copy of from Amazon here.


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