Come Away, Death (Mrs Bradley) Paperback – 6 Oct 2011
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"Mitchell's heroine... interrogates the suspects with razor sharp wit and uncompromising intellect" (Scotsman)
"Mitchell piles the characters in right at the beginning, giving us a host of middle-class children, teens and middle-aged scholars, full of authentic slang of the period... She is more intellectually demanding than Christie, less aristocratic than Sayers" (Lesley McDowell Herald)
"Miss Mitchell is certainly the most perfect and pellucid prose-writer in crime ficiton" (Edmund Crispin)
"Gladys Mitchell can always be relied upon for a packed and meaty novel, and an intelligent one at that" (Guardian)
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Ancient rituals...a severed head...a classic murder mystery from one of the queens of Golden Age crime fiction.
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If you add into the mix a inquisitive trio of small boys, a couple of feuding archaeologists and two young women who appear to have secrets to hide not to speak of some snakes and a cow, named Io, which may or may not be necessary for the rituals they hope to perform then the expedition seems doomed before it gets off the ground.
Mrs Bradley is there in a semi-professional capacity to keep an eye on Sir Rudri's mental state which is causing concern especially when he is seen waving a knife around in the vicinity of his young son. I found the book intriguing as a study of a group of people travelling to ancient sites but as a crime novel it is not one of Gladys Mitchell's best in my opinion. The murder doesn't happen until very late on in the book and then there are just too many suspects to be eliminated in too short a period of time.
The writing, as ever, is excellent as are the characters but the main part of the mystery is when the murder will be committed and who the murder victim will be. I did find the Greek mythology and history of interest and I felt the various sites visited really came to life. I did enjoy the book even though the crime took second place to the interactions of the various members of the group though it is not my favourite of the Gladys Mitchell novels I have read so far.
Those with a love of Greece may find much to enthral, for the routes taken and conditions experienced are described in detail. Others may feel the pace far too slow. This edition's cover blurb does not help. The murder it mentions does not occur until near the book's end. It says "Mrs Bradley is called upon to investigate...." In fact, she has already been present over 230 pages and is the one who finds the remains.
From about page 100 onwards I yearned for somebody to hurry up and get killed, especially with so many tiresome characters around - not least those little boys brought along for use in a whipping ceremony(!). For too long too much had been too silly to convince. By the time death occurred I was virtually past caring - especially as it had been evident for ages whose it would be.
Other Mrs Bradley adventures have been enjoyed - they witty and engaging. Sadly this one I cannot recommend.
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they are a good read, the TV version was easier. The books are more words than action. A good read but not an easy read.Published on 22 Jun. 2013 by C. F. Hewlett
I remember Gladys Mitchell,and used to enjoy her stories,but that was a longtime ago.
This one I found to very slow in getting off the ground. Read more