Books by Mike Ripley

MR CAMPION'S WAR by Mike Ripley
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A rum brew alternating between arch 1970 chatter and the hero's melodramatic first-person account of his wartime adventures that, despite an unexpected attack of birthday-party violence, never quite jells."
A posh party to celebrate Albert Campion's 70th birthday offers the occasion for the guest of honor to reminisce at length about his hush-hush service during World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Ripley sets Allingham's hero a more substantial mystery than in Mr. Campion's Guilt (2016), and the evocations of everything from 1930s manners to an American teenager in 1970 are spot-on. Fans, however, are most likely to be drawn by the nonstop blather, which has a marvelous time-capsule freshness."
Margery Allingham's imperishable Albert Campion, now officially the last survivor of detection's golden age, looks back from 1970 to the surprisingly multilayered intrigue surrounding the Duke of Windsor's visit to a Suffolk archaeological dig shortly before he gave up the throne for the woman he loved. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The mystery is slight but pleasing, and packing Margery Allingham's notoriously fey hero, whom advancing age has appropriately subdued, off to Yorkshire is an inspired coup, tapping effectively into the class conflicts that power the story."
An untimely death summons Albert Campion's son and daughter-in-law to a boys' school in the Yorkshire coal-mining village of Denby Ash, where they're soon followed by their famous father, a relic of golden age detection, and his long-suffering wife. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2014

"Ripley (Angels Unaware, 2008, etc.) is almost too successful in fulfilling the bespectacled detective's ploy of making himself an ineffectual nonentity. Only toward the end of this meandering, fitfully amusing, resolutely twee story does Campion become more than a sad echo of an earlier age."
In his 22nd adventure, a gentleman detective takes on local politics and characters as eccentric as he is. Read full book review >
DOUBLE TAKE by Mike Ripley
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"Though it hardly bears repeating, this amusing tale just may send you out in search of a hot curry dinner."
What's a copper to do when his snitch's information is only half-correct? Read full book review >
FRESH BLOOD 3 by Mike Ripley
Released: April 7, 2000

"If not quite the new wave of crime writing the editors promise, a solid evening's reading for the anticozy enthusiast."
In their everwidening search for hardedged themes, editors Ripley and Jakubowski (Fresh Blood 2, 1998, etc.), have now latched on to villains getting off scot-free despite their bad behavior. Read full book review >
FRESH BLOOD 2 by Mike Ripley
Released: April 6, 1998

"Altogether, a stronger collection than its in-your-face predecessor."
If they don't watch out, editors Ripley and Jakubowski, whose Fresh Blood (1997) seemed the anthology with something to offend everybody, will find themselves getting snapped up by old ladies of both sexes. Read full book review >
THAT ANGEL LOOK by Mike Ripley
Released: March 31, 1998

"Modishly amusing stuff, though Ripley's determination to jolt you early and often keeps Angel's dark descent from developing the momentum that a more gradual immersion might have created."
The eighth of Ripley's novels about sometime driver Fitzroy Maclean Angel (Angel City, 1995, etc.) might just as well have started off with Angel sitting in a pub doing what he does best- -nothing—when a trio of young ladies asks him to judge which of them has the most muscular thighs: a strenuous hands-on judicial procedure climaxing in a special prize the winner presents to the judge. Read full book review >
FRESH BLOOD by Mike Ripley
Released: March 27, 1997

"A brilliantly dreary collection of punks and grifters, whose attitude, like their chroniclers', is out to here."
A barbaric yawp from the other side of the pond, these 14 noirish entries are a collective manifesto from a new generation of angry young men (and two women, Stella Duffy and Denise Danks) whose genealogy Ripley's Foreword traces to back to 198890. Read full book review >
ANGEL CITY by Mike Ripley
Released: Jan. 10, 1995

"Angel (Angels in Arms, 1992, etc.) leans a little too heavily on his raffish charm in this mechanically plotted, depthless refugee from the telly."
It's only a short step, thinks Fitzroy MacLean Angel, from driving the car for hire he calls Armstrong to signing on with plugged-in teenager Tigger O'Neil to pick up some plastic sacks for one Bert Bassotti and deliver them to a series of London scrap yards. Read full book review >
ANGELS IN ARMS by Mike Ripley
Released: June 1, 1992

"Fast-paced and often funny, with tart jibes at roadies, groupies, nonmusical musicians, and the pop life."
The US debut of scruffy, scrappy Fitzroy Maclean Angel, whose chum Werewolf has been kidnapped and will be killed in five days by the FPB (Front Populaire Breton) unless Angel can recover the million-dollar cache of Ecstasy tablets that belonged to the FPB- -and that was hidden in the truck Werewolf crashed while driving as a roadie on a rock-star's tour. Read full book review >