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The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop (Vintage Classic Crime)

The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop (Vintage Classic Crime) [Kindle Edition]

Gladys Mitchell
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"Superbly odd" (Independent)

"Crime writing's best-kept secret" (Scotsman)

"Among the most revered names in British mystery fiction" (Washington Post)

"The Great Gladys" (Philip Larkin)

Book Description


Provincial politics and butchery...blackmail and murder...a classic murder mystery from one of the queens of Golden Age crime fiction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 009954685X
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious murder 31 Jan 2011
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Rupert Sethleigh is a pretty objectionable character and no one is really sorry when his body is found, headless and jointed in a butcher's shop. His relatives are all under suspicion as are many of the villagers. There is also a Druidic sacrifice stone which may or may not have something to do with it as blood form the corpse is found on it. Rupert seems to have been blackmailing many of the villagers as well and kept a stock of incriminating information just in case it might come in handy.

Fortunately the inimitable Mrs Bradley is staying in the village and she is soon on the case. This is an interesting story with plenty of likely murder suspects to keep the reader guessing and plenty of possible motives. I like Gladys Mitchell's writing style and her characters especially Mrs Bradley and her plots are satisfyingly complex. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes their crime novels without too much graphic violence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop 12 Aug 2013
By Rich
The second Mrs Bradley adventure mixes butchers, sacrificial stones, secret lovers and helpful kids.

I can understand the less positive reviews of this one. Loving 'Speedy Death', I was less taken with this one. The plot feels very random and the morally dubious ending feels a but iffy, but I love Mrs Bradley and feel the grotesque descriptions of her person are apt and amusing. Perhaps, it's better to sit back and enjoy the detail, Mrs Bradley's cackling rather than impose any rational thought on this one. It's not a very satisfying read, but it isn't a boring one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A present from Grimsby 3 Dec 2012
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
This early Mrs Bradley mystery is a hugely enjoyable murder mystery romp. One gets the feeling Miss Mitchell's tongue was in her cheek when writing this one, it's got a slightly light and mischievious feel. This is despite the gruesome murder, the victim being dismembered and hung up in a butcher's shop no less.

The wonderful Mrs Bradley is on form as always with her rich voice and saurian grin. There's a good range of characters here, and as always Mitchell is most on form when mischeiviously describing the less attractive aspects of some of them - Mrs Bryce-Harringay for example.

Mitchell always excelled at beautifully describing the settings of her mysteries, and there's less of that here, instead concentrating on the complex plot and the multiple characters, all of whom could have committed the murder. Not my favourite Gladys Mitchell so far in my quest of reading them all in hopelessley the wrong order, but a very good one nonetheless. If you like Gladys Mitchell you'll love it; if you're new to her perhaps the complex and Mrs Bradley-free first section might be a little offputting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic golden age mystery 20 May 2014
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This is a delightful mix of old-fashioned police procedural with good characters and plenty of twists and turns, and of course the magnificent Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley,
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down :/ 29 April 2014
By Whatif
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About 20yrs ago there was a wonderful adaptation of this on BBC Radio4 which I have tried in vain to purchase(too expensive). I bought the book in the hope of recapturing the magic of the radio play but was disappointed. In fact I gave up quite quickly. I found Ms.Mitchell's style of writing quite awkward to read and I couldn't follow the plot.
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