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Christianna Brand (1907–1988)

Autor(a) de Nanny McPhee: The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda

37+ Works 2,527 Membros 57 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Christianna Brand (born Mary Christianna Milne) also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.

Image credit: Cut down scan from the back cover of Penguin No.779 (unattributed image)


Obras de Christianna Brand

Green for Danger (1944) 450 cópias
Fog of Doubt (1952) 184 cópias
Heads You Lose (1941) 179 cópias
Suddenly at His Residence (1946) 168 cópias
Tour de Force (1955) 159 cópias
Death of Jezebel (1948) 128 cópias
Nurse Matilda (1964) 125 cópias
Death in High Heels (1941) 115 cópias
Cat and Mouse (1950) 75 cópias
Nurse Matilda Goes to Town (1833) 51 cópias
Court of Foxes (1969) 28 cópias
Buffet for Unwelcome Guests (1983) 28 cópias
The Rose in Darkness (1979) 27 cópias

Associated Works

Veneno fatal (1930) — Introdução, algumas edições4,483 cópias
The Floating Admiral (1931) — Introdução, algumas edições810 cópias
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929) — Contribuinte, algumas edições569 cópias
English Country House Murders (1989) — Contribuinte — 489 cópias
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 401 cópias
A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2000) — Contribuinte — 267 cópias
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Contribuinte — 175 cópias
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
The Long Arm of the Law (2017) — Contribuinte — 86 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contribuinte — 81 cópias
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
Murder at Teatime: Mysteries in the Classic Cozy Tradition (1996) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
Crime on the Coast [and] No Flowers by Request (1953) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (2021) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Realms of Darkness (1985) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Bodies from the Library 4 (2021) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Crimes of Cymru: Classic Mystery Tales of Wales (2023) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Ellery Queen's Crookbook (1974) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
The Lethal Sex (1959) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
The Realm of the Impossible (2017) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Classic short stories of crime and detection, 1950-1975 (1983) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Best Detective Stories of the Year: 21st Annual Collection (1966) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
For Love or Money (1957) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Winter's Crimes 6 (1974) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
The Cat-Flap and the Apple Pie and Other Funny Stories (1979) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Winter's Crimes 3 (1971) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Appendici in giallo 1 (racconti) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Murder Mixture: An Anthology of Crime Stories (1963) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Choice of Weapons (1958) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Le signorine omicidi (1998) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Lewis, Mary Christianna Milne
Outros nomes
Brant, Mary
Brant, Christianna
Roland, Mary
Thomson, China
Jones, Annabel
Ashe, Mary Ann
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Locais de residência
Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia ∙ birth)
London, England, UK
crime writer
children's book author
shop assistant
Crime Writers' Association ( [1972])
Detection Club
Sarah Molloy (A.M. Heath & Company Ltd)
Pequena biografia
Christianna Brand, who published her first novel in 1941, was one of the great practitioners of the classic English detective novel. She was born to British parents in Malaysia, spent her childhood in India, and then was sent to England for education. Her third book, Green for Danger (1944), was adapted into a classic film starring Alistair Sim as her Inspector Cockrill. Two of her short stories won Edgar Award nominations and have been included in several anthologies. She and her husband Roland Lewis, an ear-nose-and-throat surgeon, were married for nearly 50 years. She also wrote books for children, including the Nurse Matilda series, which was adapted for the screen as Nanny McPhee (2005).
Aviso de desambiguação
Christianna Brand (born Mary Christianna Milne) also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.



As a fan of Agatha Christie's mysteries, I wanted to explore some other writers from the Golden Age of mystery. I was disappointed at a couple of early Ngaio Marsh novels, but I really enjoyed this one by Christianna Brand.

The writing is excellent, and Brand is really good at depicting vivid characters. The emphasis is not so much on Inspector Cockrill and his investigation, but on the psychology of the people involved and on how they perceive the situation.

The last part of the novel is like a roller coaster, where several characters in quick succession seem to be the murderer. The true solution is a bit convoluted and unlikely, but that's something that often happens in these "cosy" mysteries.

Very enjoyable.
… (mais)
jcm790 | outras 5 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
Interwar hospital puzzle - good characterization and just plain fun
Overgaard | outras 13 resenhas | Feb 21, 2024 |
This classic locked-room mystery takes place just after WW II. During a pageant involving people dressed as knights riding horses saluting a lady in a tower, the lady falls to her death which hundreds of people are watching. There are only a handful of suspects and they are all named in the beginning of the story. This who-dunnit is therefore mostly a how did he do it. What makes the story entertaining is how the detectives form a conclusion that is immediately discarded as a result of a few small facts. Also, suspicion keeps moving from character to character.… (mais)
M_Clark | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 30, 2024 |
I liked this book more at the end of than I did at the beginning. It was a chore to get through the first several chapters, until Inspector Cockrill is called to the scene. It's a whodunit murder mystery set in England with an eccentric set of suspects who dither and fuss through most of the story, while the sleuthing is going on. There's chattiness and wordiness that prevents an easy read. A reader needs to be completely engaged in order to see the puzzle get resolved. There's a clever ending, that took this reader by surprise, which is always a good thing for me.… (mais)
BrianEWilliams | outras 3 resenhas | Dec 9, 2023 |



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