A British claim to a tiny Balkan state leads Campion on a race against time in the village of Pontisbright -- classic British crime writing at its best.
Way back during the crusades Richard I presented the Huntingforest family with the tiny Balkan state of Averna. Since that time the kingdom has been forgotten, until circumstances in Europe suddenly render it strategically important to the British Government. They hire unconventional detective Albert Campion to recover the long-missing proofs of ownership - the deeds, a crown, and a receipt - which are apparently hidden in the village of Pontisbright.
In Pontisbright, Campion and his friends meet the eccentric, flame-haired Amanda Fitton and her family who claim to be the rightful heirs to Averna and join in the hunt. Unfortunately, criminal financier Brett Savanake is also interested in finding the evidence for his own ends. Things get rather rough in the village as Savanake's heavies up the pressure on Campion to solve the mystery before they do . . .
Philip Franks sounds, marvellously, as if he's reading in a dinner-jacket . . . Fabulous - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Sweet Danger is for the connoisseur of detective fiction - Sunday Times
An extremely entertaining nightmare of sensational events. Like all for which Margery Allingham is responsible, it is thoroughly original - Daily Telegraph
An exceedingly lively thriller - Spectator