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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New ed edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099563282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099563280
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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READ ALL AGATHA CHRISTIE? TRY A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY.
Ancient rituals...a severed head...a classic murder mystery from one of the queens of Golden Age crime fiction.

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Beatrice Bradley is staying in Greece with her friends the Hopkinsons when she is invited to go with her host, Sir Rudri Hopkinson, an eccentric archaeologist, on a trip to raise the goddess Artemis. The ill assorted party sets off to sleep overnight at various sacred sites and hopefully to summon the goddess.

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.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Deranged archeologist Rudri Hopkinson intends to recreate conditions once used to summon up Greek Gods. Mrs Bradley is one of the disparate team accompanying him to ancient scenes of worship and sacrifice. Weird events follow. Mystical or mischievous? Has someone a secret agenda?

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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This book got pretty terrible reviews, so I delayed purchasing and reading it for a while. I am sorry that I did. It moves at a slower pace than the other books, but it is thoroughly enjoyable. If you have any reservations, give it a try. It seems to me that Gladys Mitchell was honing her skill during this one, there is less emphasis on psychological conditions and more on character development.
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I made 2 serious attempts to read this book but was defeated on both occasions. I recently completed an OU course in Ancient Greek but still found the background of Greek religion totally uninvolving and its detail reminiscent of a dry-as-dust old-fashioned lecture. The characters did not engage my interest or sympathy either.
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An understanding of Ancient Greek deities and their sacred places might make the opening of this convoluted tale a little more comprehensible! By p88, there had been a couple of strange practical jokes, some stilted conversations between cartoon type characters as they trekked between sacred sites and I had had enough. Reading the review that states there's about another 140 pages before the actual murder is discovered did not encourage me to continue struggling on. At times the author's sentence construction drove me crackers too! I often enjoy vintage crime books and don't really approve of reviewing a book I haven't completed but, honestly, Gladys Mitchell is a vintage author I won't be trying again.
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