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Grand Master, by Gladys Mitchell (writing as Stephen Hockaby): A Review

Some Background Detective writer Gladys Mitchell (who I may have mentioned elsewhere) also wrote under two pseudonyms during her long career. In the 1960s and early ’70s, she was also Malcolm Torrie, and in this guise authored six interesting novels … Continue reading

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Here Comes a Chopper, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

Almost as though the pall of war had been lifted from her writing in a single gesture, Mitchell’s 1946 novel, Here Comes a Chopper, is a return to the form, in some ways, of her pre-War work. By this time, having … Continue reading

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The Rising of the Moon, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

  “…find out moonshine, find out moonshine!” — Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III Sc. 1 I’ll make an admission by way of an opening: the works of Gladys Mitchell are comfortable. Considering the nastiness of the world outside … Continue reading

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My Father Sleeps, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

There are a number of points to recommend the writing of the late Gladys Mitchell, not the least of which is her literary styling and aplomb. Her best-remembered character, Mrs. (Later Dame) Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, is a wonderful blend … Continue reading

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When Last I Died, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

The thirteenth mystery novel published to feature the crocodilian psychologist Mrs. Bradley, 1941’s When Last I Died marries elements of several of the previous books (particularly the confused identities of The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop with the sustained menace … Continue reading

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Heavy As Lead, by Malcolm Torrie: A Review

The first of the Timothy Herring “architectural mysteries” finds Herring dispatched by PHISBE to the Surrey village of Parsons Purity. There, he is to judge whether or not a 13th century church, from which the lead roof has been stolen … Continue reading

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The Seven Stones Mystery, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

Rather than being predictable and surprising no-one with a simple review of Miss Mitchell’s cracking When Last I Died (though fear not, that review is coming shortly), I’ve elected to delve into a far more obscure corner of her oeuvre, … Continue reading

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