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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099563274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099563273
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One can usually rely on Miss Gladys Mitchell for something unexpected and in The Twenty-Third Man she certainly provides" (Guardian)

"Bizarre, fascinating and entertaining" (Tatler)

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

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READ ALL AGATHA CHRISTIE? TRY A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY.

A cave containing the bodies of 23 mummified kings acquires another corpse overnight...a classic murder mystery from one of the queens of Golden Age crime fiction


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kettlecharlie VINE VOICE on 19 April 2012
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Love her or hate her, Gladys Mitchell is a one of a kind writer. While she is of the same era as Christie, Sayers, Marsh et al, she stands apart from them in the manner of her story construction and writing. There is often a lengthy exposition (which occasionally does not appear to be that), a crime and a leisurely period of detection. Characterization is important and the relationships involved. Not for the "Great Gladys" the constant reminder of the little grey cells, but Mrs (later Dame) Bradley uses them-- and if you wish to see what this formidable lady looked like just turn to a photograph of the author. Quirky, yes, but always enjoyable
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marran Grey on 30 May 2012
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If you love Mrs. Bradley this is for you. If you have never met her, either at all or in this incarnation, this is for you. Intelligent, acidic and slightly less cosy than most cosy crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By folkfan on 20 Oct 2012
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I always look forward to starting a new Mrs Bradley and then wonder why - this one is no different; I really should stop buying them but I just know that I will find one that I really love one day. Gladys Mitchell promises a lot and then doesn't deliver. Sometimes I get the feeling that she didn't ever go back and change anything - non sequiturs are dealt with by a convoluted 'excuse' - a bit more rigorous copy editing may have been a better plan. So, in short, this is okay, it's a Mrs Bradley, she solves the case. That's it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2011
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Dame Beatrice Bradley is taking an extended holiday on the island of Hombres Muertos - the Island of Dead Men. One of her first expeditions is to a cave which contains the mummified bodies of twenty three kings. Except that one of the kings appears to be taller than the others and attracts Beatrice's attention. Put that together with a child's comment that there were twenty four kings not twenty three and the sudden disappearance of someone who has been on the island for a while and Beatrice is intrigued.

Full of eccentric characters - Mrs Angel who seems to have secrets; Mr Porterhouse - a horticulturist with a worrying interest in poisonous plants and his own small island; the obnoxious child, Clement, who is being brought up without any boundaries. Then there is the gossiping staff of the hotel and the local bandits who are soft hearted really and the troglodytes who dwell in the local caves.

The cast of this intriguing mystery is enlivened by Laura Gavin, Beatrice Bradley's secretary and he small son who goes to the island to hold a watching brief when her employer returns to the UK to do some research. I really enjoyed this story and was left guessing what was really going on until the last few pages.
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