Look To The Lady

Look To The Lady

Book - 2006
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Some objects just cry out to be stolen, and an obliging ring of international thieves stands ready to heed the cry. Their current target is the Gyrth Chalice, a priceless goblet that the Gyrth family has for centuries held in trust for the British Crown. Kept in a windowless chapel, and protected by a fearsome curse, the Chalice should be impervious to thievery. But this is 1930, and the crooks have all the advantages of the modern world. Chief among these is the craving for publicity, to which at least one member of the Gyrth clan has succumbed. Her careless chatter about the Chalice seems to have called up all manner of misfortunes - of which larceny is just the beginning -- and the vague, bespectacled Albert Campion doesn't look like he'll be much help against them. But looks can be deceptive. Wonderfully plotted . . . a marvelous mixture of witchcraft, sacred relics, and ancient oaths. Allingham was a rare and precious talent - Washington Post
Publisher: New York : Felony & Mayhem, 2006.
Edition: Felony & Mayhem ed.
ISBN: 9781933397573
1933397578
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Allingham, Margery 1904-1966.

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JanePlazaDeWitt
Apr 10, 2017

The summary above is for a different book entirely. Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham is also published under the title of The Gyrth Chalice Mystery, in which Albert Campion endeavors to keep the Chalice from being stolen. The Chalice is guarded by the Gyrth family in a secret room in their manor house, the burden kept passed from father to eldest son, the son being introduced to the secret on the night of his 25th birthday, though the family knows there is a secret, always. A group of very wealthy men have formed a club to steal priceless treasures. The rule is that, if one of their hirelings is killed in the attempt, that treasure is no longer vulnerable to them. Campion has to find out who his opposition is - several possible baddies, all of whom know who he is, all violent but not murderous. Albert says, that in England, when there's a body, there's a hanging.

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