At a country house dinner party, one of the guests, a well known explorer is found drowned in his bath. The explorer's secret revealed in death is just the beginning of Mrs Bradley's first case.
Frankly, slightly insane murder mystery with plenty of scope for analysis, regarding gender, sexuality. Plenty of plot twists and as seems to be usual in this era's detective fiction, a slightly dubious moral outcome. However, this does provide food for thought and makes Mrs Bradley a more interesting character than the rather grotesque old bag she at first appears to be. Viewers more familiar with the series starring Diana Rigg will be surprised how different this book is to the 'Speedy Death' that made the television screen.
Hopefully this first Mrs Bradley novel will soon be re-issued as some of the other Gladys Mitchell books have been. A great read.