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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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Late and Cold, by Malcolm Torrie: A Review

The second of Gladys Mitchell’s Timothy Herring mysteries once again dips into the worlds of architectural restoration and murder, this time set against a backdrop of the ruined Welsh castle of Nanradoc, in the vicinity of the venerable Snowdon itself. … Continue reading

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Death at the Opera, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

An unpopular and demuring school-mistress is drowned in a basin during a performance of The Mikado. But neither the outraged spirits of Gilbert nor Sullivan are present to account for the other events which surround the death of Miss Calma … Continue reading

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Faintly Speaking, by Gladys Mitchell: A Review

I sometimes read other reviews in preparation for writing my own. There are several reasons for this: I like to check to make certain that I haven’t missed something blindingly obvious that all other readers have caught. Equally, I already … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie: A Review

While I’ve read and enjoyed many other of the Golden Age detective story writers, I’ve always had a problem with Agatha Christie. Not a huge problem, just that I don’t find myself drawn to her books with anywhere near the delight … Continue reading

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