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Death and the Maiden: A Mrs. Bradley Mystery (Rue Morgue Vintage Mysteries) Paperback – August 1, 2009

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  • Series: Rue Morgue Vintage Mysteries
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rue Morgue Press (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601870418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601870414
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gladys Mitchell was an English schoolteacher and the author of over sixty novels featuring her unconventional heroine, Mrs Bradley. An early member of the Detection Club, alongside Agatha Christie, G.K Chesterton and Dorothy L. Sayers, she was awarded the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger in 1976. Her hobbies included architecture and writing poetry. She studied the works of Sigmund Freud and her interest in witchcraft was encouraged by her friend, the detective novelist Helen Simpson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell - or 'The Great Gladys' as Philip Larkin called her - was born in 1901, in Cowley in Oxfordshire. She graduated in history from University College London and in 1921 began her long career as a teacher. Her hobbies included architecture and writing poetry. She studied the works of Sigmund Freud and her interest in witchcraft was encouraged by her friend, the detective novelist Helen Simpson. Her first novel, Speedy Death, was published in 1929 and introduced readers to Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, the detective heroine of a further sixty six crime novels. She wrote at least one novel a year throughout her career and was an early member of the Detection Club, alongside Agatha Christie, G.K Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers.In 1961 she retired from teaching and, from her home in Dorset, continued to write, receiving the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 1976. Gladys Mitchell died in 1983. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat on April 8, 2012
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Mrs Bradley is contacted by Miss Priscilla Carmody. She and her niece are staying in a hotel in Winchester with her unwelcome house ghosts - Edris and Crete Tidson. A boy is found drowned and some at least suspect Edris Tidson of being the murderer because he appears at some point to have fallen into the river - or been pushed.

The plot is complex and keeps the reader guessing right from the very first page. I loved the characters and the background which is almost like a guidebook to Winchester without ever being boring.

As ever Mrs Bradley is excellent - unmasking ghosts and tracking down murderers. She has her trusty helper, Laura, with her for some of the book and very necessary she is too as Mrs Bradley herself cannot follow all the suspects at the same time.

I like Gladys Mitchell's books. They are well written with some positively Machiavellian plots and they bring to life an era where people had principles and certain standards of behaviour which are sadly lacking in the modern world. They are excellent stories which draw the reader in without the need for graphic violence and bad language. It is good to see that they are being reissued in paper format and as ebooks.
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By moderatelymoderate on November 29, 2012
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I was fine with the plot until the last couple of pages. It was like Mrs B gave up on the characters & left them to their fate. I doubt I'll be reading any more as this is my 2nd try at the series,
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Great book, great author in the style of Agatha Christie by a Christie contemporary who mixes suspense and comedic moments with great effectiveness
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By L David Jones on July 19, 2014
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Gladys Mitchell was born in the village of Cowley, Oxford, in April 1901. She was educated at the Rothschild School in Brentford, the Green School in Isleworth, and at Goldsmiths and University Colleges in London. For many years Miss Mitchell taught history and English, swimming, and games. She retired from this work in 1950 but became so bored without the constant stimulus and irritation of teaching that she accepted a post at the Matthew Arnold School in Staines, where she taught English and history, wrote the annual school play, and coached hurdling. She was a member of the Detection Club, the PEN, the Middlesex Education Society, and the British Olympic Association. Her father's family are Scots, and a Scottish influence has appeared in some of her books.

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