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Speedy Death (Mrs Bradley 2)

Speedy Death (Mrs Bradley 2) [Kindle Edition]

Gladys Mitchell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"She is one of the Big Three women detective writers" (Observer)

"Begins like a parody of a country house murder. But you soon see that the author means the jokes, and also develops both a tricky mystery and a quite solid argument about crime and its disruption of society. Then she brings it all to a head in a very remarkable conclusion. From the start, Mitchell was outstanding." (Glasgow Herald)

"A crime writer who, in her day, ranked with Christie and Sayers" (Daily Mail)

"Extremely well constructed story of murder and detection...Mrs Bradley is the prize piece" (Daily News)

"Gladys Mitchell can always be relied upon for a packed and meaty novel, and an intelligent one at that" (Guardian)

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Introducing the inimitable Mrs Bradley, the most gloriously unorthodox female detective in Golden Age crime fiction

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8X508S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 18 April 2014
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If you are a Gladys Mitchell fan you will be delighted with this mystery. It's chaotic and comic and totally implausible from start to finish. I'm not sure I cottoned on to everything by the end but was so entertained it didn't matter!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedy Death 25 May 2014
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Despite being listed as ‘Mrs Bradley 2’ this is actually the first Mrs Bradley mystery. As I am pretty obsessive about reading series in order, this seems a pretty silly mistake for the publisher to have made. The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop is the second book in a series which spanned 66 novels featuring Mrs Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley – psychoanalyst and amateur sleuth. Although a lady in her fifties when we first meet her, the author has great fun in poking fun at her looks and dress sense and she often described as ‘reptilian’ and with a cackling and unpleasant laugh. However, although there is no Miss Marple fluffiness masking a sharp mind, it is clear that she is a very astute lady indeed.

Having indeed saved the son and heir of Chayning Court. Garde Bing, from some trouble at University, she has been invited for a house party. Guests include Garde’s father Mr Alastair Bing, his sister Eleanor, Garde’s fiancée Dorothy, his friend Bertie Philipson, who has also hoped to marry Dorothy, the naturalist Carstairs and explorer Everard Mountjoy. No sooner has Dorothy arrived for dinner, when her future father in law is exasperated that Everard Mountjoy has not arrived down for dinner. When the matter is investigated, Mountjoy is found dead in the bath – but instead of a man, a woman’s body is found.

Carstairs insists it is murder and he teams up with Mrs Bradley to discover who killed the now, Miss Mountjoy. However, it seems that the murders will not stop at one and it is up to Mrs Bradley to try to outwit the killer. Written in 1929, this is a good example of a Golden Age mystery – with a house party, lots of twists and turns and, despite the often flippant humour, a real sense of danger among the guests. I love mysteries from this era and I am glad that I have discovered this author. However, I will first check a web page dedicated to the author to make sure I am reading the books in the order they were meant to be read in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedy Death 3 May 2012
By Rich
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black comedy - great fun 29 Jun 2014
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This was the choice of the crime book club I belong to. Never heard of Gladys Mitchell before.

Of course parts of it are dated but how wonderful to come across such a chilling couple as the mother and son in this novel. Mrs Bradley is the most wonderful monster.

I do hope the characters are developed in the other novels. I look forward to reading more
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