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Gladys Mitchell (1901–1983)

Autor(a) de The Saltmarsh Murders

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About the Author

Author Gladys Mitchell was born in Cowley, Oxfordshire, England on April 19, 1901. She was educated at Goldsmiths' College and University College, London. After graduating, she became a teacher and taught English, history, and games at numerous schools until her retirement in 1961. She is best mostrar mais known for her detective novels featuring Mrs. Bradley. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Stephen Hockaby and Malcolm Torrie. In 1976, she received the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger award. She died on July 27, 1983. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Gladys Mitchell

The Saltmarsh Murders (1932) 259 cópias, 10 resenhas
Speedy Death (1929) 233 cópias, 13 resenhas
The Rising of the Moon (1945) 224 cópias, 7 resenhas
When Last I Died (1941) 223 cópias, 2 resenhas
Watson's Choice (1955) 216 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop (1929) 188 cópias, 8 resenhas
Death at the Opera (1934) 183 cópias, 3 resenhas
Tom Brown's Body (1949) 172 cópias, 5 resenhas
Come Away, Death (1937) 130 cópias
The Twenty-Third Man (1957) 111 cópias, 2 resenhas
Death and the Maiden (1947) 107 cópias, 3 resenhas
Murder in the Snow: A Cotswold Christmas Mystery (1950) 105 cópias, 5 resenhas
Dead Men's Morris (1936) 100 cópias, 3 resenhas
Spotted Hemlock (1958) 99 cópias
Laurels Are Poison (1942) 95 cópias, 1 resenha
St. Peter's Finger (1938) 86 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Longer Bodies (1930) 85 cópias, 3 resenhas
Faintley Speaking (1954) 77 cópias
The Death-Cap Dancers (1981) 74 cópias, 2 resenhas
Winking at the Brim (1974) 72 cópias, 1 resenha
The Devil at Saxon Wall (1935) 68 cópias
Uncoffin'd Clay (1980) 58 cópias, 1 resenha
Here Lies Gloria Mundy (1982) 55 cópias
The Dancing Druids (1948) 52 cópias, 1 resenha
Sunset Over Soho (1943) 52 cópias, 1 resenha
The Devil's Elbow (1951) 50 cópias, 2 resenhas
Here Comes a Chopper (1946) 49 cópias
The Whispering Knights (1980) 47 cópias, 1 resenha
Late, Late in the Evening (1976) 46 cópias, 2 resenhas
Convent on Styx (1975) 46 cópias, 1 resenha
The Crozier Pharaohs (1984) 44 cópias
Nest of Vipers (1979) 43 cópias
A Hearse on May-Day (1972) 40 cópias, 2 resenhas
Dance To Your Daddy (1969) 40 cópias
Lament for Leto (1971) 38 cópias
Brazen Tongue (1940) 38 cópias
Cold, Lone, and Still (1983) 37 cópias
Fault in the Structure (1977) 35 cópias
Noonday and Night (1977) 35 cópias
Mingled with Venom (1978) 35 cópias
Merlin's Furlong (1953) 34 cópias, 1 resenha
Pageant of Murder (1965) 34 cópias
The Worsted Viper (1943) 32 cópias, 1 resenha
Wraiths and Changelings (1978) 32 cópias
Adders on the Heath (1963) 31 cópias
The Nodding Canaries (1961) 31 cópias
My Bones Will Keep (1962) 31 cópias
The Murder of Busy Lizzie (1973) 30 cópias
Hangman's Curfew (1941) 30 cópias, 1 resenha
A Javelin for Jonah (1974) 30 cópias
The Man Who Grew Tomatoes (1959) 30 cópias
The Echoing Strangers (1952) 29 cópias, 1 resenha
Printer's Error (1939) 28 cópias
Lovers, Make Moan (1981) 28 cópias
No Winding Sheet (1984) 27 cópias
Death of a Burrowing Mole (1982) 26 cópias, 1 resenha
Death of a Delft Blue (1964) 26 cópias
The Greenstone Griffins (1983) 25 cópias
Three Quick and Five Dead (1968) 25 cópias
Croaking Raven (1966) 24 cópias
Skeleton Island (1967) 24 cópias
My Father Sleeps (1944) 24 cópias
The Mudflats of the Dead (1979) 23 cópias
Gory Dew (1970) 21 cópias
Say It With Flowers (1960) 20 cópias
On Your Marks (1954) 17 cópias, 2 resenhas
Heavy as Lead (1966) 15 cópias
Caravan Creek (1960) 12 cópias
Bismarck Herrings (1971) 10 cópias
Shades of Darkness (1970) 9 cópias
Your Secret Friend (1968) 8 cópias
Late and Cold (1967) 6 cópias
The Seven Stones Mystery (1949) 4 cópias
The Light-Blue Hills (1959) 3 cópias
Churchyard Salad (1969) 3 cópias
Holiday River (1948) 3 cópias
Death in Amsterdam (1964) 3 cópias
Grand Master (1939) 2 cópias
Marsh Hay 1 exemplar(es)
Gabriel's Hold 1 exemplar(es)
Shallow Brown 1 exemplar(es)
The Three Fingerprints 1 exemplar(es)
Seven Stars and Orion (1934) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 400 cópias, 5 resenhas
Ask a Policeman (1933) — Contribuinte — 195 cópias, 5 resenhas
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Contribuinte — 179 cópias, 12 resenhas
Serpents in Eden: Countryside Crimes (2016) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias, 1 resenha
Lady on the Case: 22 Female Detective Stories (1988) — Contribuinte — 76 cópias
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (2020) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias, 1 resenha
Crime on the Coast [and] No Flowers by Request (1953) — Contribuinte — 47 cópias, 2 resenhas
Bodies from the Library 4 (2021) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Murder by the Seaside (2022) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Gourmet Crook Book (1976) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Evening Standard Detective Book (1950) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Skinwalkers | St Peter's Finger | Azrael (1987) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Best Detective Stories (Volume 2) (1964) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The Big Book for Girls — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Mitchell, Gladys Maude Winifred
Outros nomes
Hockaby, Stephen
Torrie, Malcolm
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Cowley, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England, UK
Locais de residência
Cowley, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Ealing, West London, England, UK
Brentford, Greater London, England, UK
Corfe Mullen, Dorset, England, UK
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Rothschild School, Brentford, England, UK
Green School, Isleworth, England, UK
teacher (of history ∙ English ∙ swimming and games)
mystery writer
Detection Club
P. E. N
British Olympic Association
Pequena biografia
Gladys Mitchell taught at a number of private (called public in England) schools until she retired in 1950. She returned to teaching in 1953 before retiring for good in 1961 at the age of 60, and no doubt this explains why she so often used schools in her books. She taught English, history and games. Her lifelong interest in athletics earned her membership in the British Olympic Association. Her first attempts at fiction in 1923 were rejected. In 1929, her first published novel, Speedy Death, introduced the character of Mrs. Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, a psychoanalyst/author turned amateur sleuth who then appeared in a further 65 novels. Mitchell was an early member of the Detection Club along with G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers and in the 1930s was considered one of the "Big Three" British female detective writers. She also wrote a number of books under the pen names Malcolm Torrie and Stephen Hockaby. Born in the village of Cowley, Oxfordshire, April 19, 1901, she never married (any knowledge of romance and sex in her books was purely academic, she explained).



A murder mystery story published in 1951 which I enjoyed more before the murder mystery plot kicked in. Gladys Mitchell was an English writer mainly of detective novels. She was considered in the 1930's as one of the big three female detective novelists, the other two being Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers. She wrote 65 novels featuring her amateur polymathic psychoanalyst Mrs Bradley and Devil's Elbow was one of them. It would seem she is far less fashionable now as most of her books are out of print.

The novel starts with a narrative of a two weeks coach trip around Scotland, starting in London. It has been gathered from a series of letters written by the courier young Dan Jeffries to his girlfriend Em. It is a lively account describing all of the 31 passengers and the various stopping off points on the way up to the Scottish highlands. Miss Pratt one of a number of spinster passengers is the person who makes the most trouble for the likeable Dan Jeffries and it is she who is murdered following a tortuous journey over the Devil's Elbow. An investigation is launched and Mrs Bradley is called in to assist two detectives one English and one Scottish. The narrative turns to the third person at this point as Mrs Bradley guides the investigation and starts to sift the clues. Young Jeffries first person account resumes when he embarks on a boys own adventure involving motor boats and smuggling, which has been instigated by Mrs Bradley. The novel ends with Mrs Bradley solving the mystery, ahead of the two detectives who are left floundering in her wake.

The novel is well written and entertaining, but there are 31 suspects, which was far too many to hold this reader's interest and so when the big reveal was made it all felt a bit of a let down. I had to re-read a bit of it to see If I had missed anything; to aficionado's of murder mysteries it might have hit the mark. There are some strong female characters, but sexist attitudes are in keeping with the early 1950's, it became apparent that the problems caused by Miss Pratt were because of her pestering of the male passengers.
I enjoyed being plunged back into a 1950's coach trip with all the petty foibles of the passengers and the remarks and expressions typical of the period - 3 stars.
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baswood | 1 outra resenha | Feb 10, 2024 |
I will admit that I found this mystery confusing. Motivations for various actions of the characters just didn't seem to make sense.
ritaer | outras 2 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Rather convoluted mystery starting with a Holmes' theme costume party. I'll try a few more, but I can't say I am fond of Mrs. Bradley. I can see why she is not as popular as Wimsey, Poirot or Miss Marple.
ritaer | outras 5 resenhas | Dec 6, 2023 |
Sir Bohun Chantrey, a huge admirer of Sherlock Holmes, is throwing a huge weekend party in honour of the Great Anniversary. All guests are to dress as characters from Holmes’ cases. Sir Bohun has assigned a number of the characters to certain guests.

Bohun already has six members of his household attending, so he can only invite nine others. His selection is a couple who are divorcing, a matador, a cousin and the niece, a psychic investigator and her secretary, and actor to play Holmes and a Detective Inspector.

Not all invitees were fans of Holmes; some were more interested in his wealth. His announcement of his engagement to Miss Campbell really spiked their interest!

At first it looks to be a great evening with a formal dinner, dancing to a live band and a mystery solving game. But then… the fog got a bit too thick, and band got lost and was late, the guests decided to swap characters, and when the game was started the guests went their own ways instead of following Bohun’s instructions.

The guests were given pencil and paper and set out to explore the house to find elements from Holme’s adventures. The item and the story it was in were to be noted. An item appeared that was not from the ten chosen stories and no one knew why or who it was from.

The event that really got things going was when one of the attendees was found murdered the following morning. The hunt was on. Mrs. Bradley’s and Laura’s sleuthing uncovered some interesting skeletons in the peoples’ closets. There are red herrings galore to add to the puzzle. It is not the typical country house murder.

This is a new author to me and I plan to read more of her work. A very enjoyable read!
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ChazziFrazz | outras 5 resenhas | Nov 8, 2023 |



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