- File Size: 1108 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Digital (April 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D8X508S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Speedy Death (Mrs Bradley) Kindle Edition
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Well written, well paced with a bit of a surprise at the end. Great fun!
Having indeed saved the son and heir of Chayning Court. Garde Bing, from some trouble at University, she has been invited for a house party. Guests include Garde’s father Mr Alastair Bing, his sister Eleanor, Garde’s fiancée Dorothy, his friend Bertie Philipson, who has also hoped to marry Dorothy, the naturalist Carstairs and explorer Everard Mountjoy. No sooner has Dorothy arrived for dinner, when her future father in law is exasperated that Everard Mountjoy has not arrived down for dinner. When the matter is investigated, Mountjoy is found dead in the bath – but instead of a man, a woman’s body is found.
Carstairs insists it is murder and he teams up with Mrs Bradley to discover who killed the now, Miss Mountjoy. However, it seems that the murders will not stop at one and it is up to Mrs Bradley to try to outwit the killer. Written in 1929, this is a good example of a Golden Age mystery – with a house party, lots of twists and turns and, despite the often flippant humour, a real sense of danger among the guests. I love mysteries from this era and I am glad that I have discovered this author. However, I will first check a web page dedicated to the author to make sure I am reading the books in the order they were meant to be read in.
The writing was lacklustre and period detail was non-existent. Gladys Mitchell does not stand up next to Sayers, Allingham, Marsh or Innes. There's a mediocre mind at work here, producing mediocre stuff.