The Rising Of The Moon (VMC) Paperback – 14 Nov 1996
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** 'A delightfully subversive read. (Liza Cody)
** 'Her tour-de-force. (Philip Larkin)
About the Author
Gladys Mitchell died in 1983 after a career as a teacher and writer. Her first novel appeared in 1929. She was awarded the CWA Silver Dagger in 1976.
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When seemingly innocent young girls are being seen off on a regular basis, the whole town (not called Brentford, but that's where it was set) starts to panic, speculate and point fingers. There's a troubled marriage, some inappropriate relationships and a whole circus thrown in to give us enough red herrings to feed a football team. Mitchell's writing flows beautifully, building up then calming us down again over and over, before the nail-biting finish. It also gives us a great insight into everyday life of inter-war Middlesex. Do get your hands on a copy.
But the murder is just the first in a series of knife killings in the 1930s town of Brentford. Left largely to their own devices, the boys take to creeping out at night sleuthing by moonlight. But who could it be: the rag and bone man? their elderly friend and antique dealer, Mrs Cockerton? their elder brother (and guardian) Jack? or is Jack protecting his friend Danny?
And will their lovely lodger Christina remain safe?
When eccentric home office psychologist Mrs Bradbury is drafted in to help with the case, she and the boys liaise to catch the killer.
Quite an engaging if improbable read, set in the world of yesteryear.
Being the intrepid and industrious lads that they are, they decide to investigate the crime on their own during their time off. They are however hampered by the fact that they are orphans living with their older brother Jack, his wife June, Jack and June's three-year-old son Tom, and their beautiful lodger, the factory girl Christina. A woman with whom both Simon and Keith are in love with, and whom June hates.
A circus performer is arrested, and the circus leaves town. Then there is another murder of another young lass while the circus performer is in custody. Unfortunately, as the story rolls along, it seems unthinkable, but inevitable, that Jack may be involved in the murders. After all, why did he arrive home after a murder all muddy and wet, and where did that big knife of his go that he used to have? Jack says that he lost it, but did he? The boys are in a quandary, and due to circumstances that they feel that they are caught in, they will go on to make a mistake that will only make things worse.Read more ›
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THE RISING OF THE MOON (1945) by Gladys Mitchell is a flawed and disappointing Mystery-Thriller narrated by a 13-year-old orphan boy who, with his 11-year-old brother, tries to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David R. Eastwood
Whilst I have enjoyed other books by Gladys Mitchell more than this one it is still very good when compared to the classic whodunit genre as a whole. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JOE FREEMAN
This is great - full of period atmosphere - I think its her very best novelPublished 18 months ago by Caroline
I found difficulty continuing with the story and would not seek out other books by this author.
The book itself was in the conditionas stated and delivery etc was very good