Dame Beatrice is summoned by schoolmistress Alice Boorman, who has found herself in a bit of a predicament. While hosting two candidates for a rival teaching position, the group visits the mine shafts of Pigmy`s Ladder, where the two visitors explore under ground while Alice, subject to claustrophobia, stays above. Out of sight much longer than expected, Alice begins to worry about her charges; a search finds the teachers unconscious from the heavy presence of butane (or calor) gas within the shafts. Concerned that she may be accused of trying to do in her job rivals, Alice appeals to Dame Beatrice, who is quick to assure her that the gas was meant for someone else. She proves this by conducting the police to the body of Oliver Breydon-Waters, walled up in an underground alcove at the prehistoric site. The elderly detective focuses on the Nodding archaeological society, and soon learns that Breydon-Waters was not well-liked. The victim`s mother is in questionable contact with her son from the spirit world, and she shows Dame Beatrice his collection of earthly possessions which seem to include several artifacts and relics lifted from various digs. While gas cannisters were found beside Breydon-Waters` body, death was assuredly caused by a severe blow to the head. Had the man known something which led to his demise? Or had his illicit activities caught up with him? If Breydon-Waters` mother was indeed in celestial communication with him, that avenue of investigation reaches an end when the lady is poisoned by salts of lemon. As Dame Beatrice digs deeper, she uncovers a murderer whose motive may be sincere but whose actions are disturbingly deadly.
Gladys Mitchell (English Gladys Mitchell , full name - Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchel) April 19, 1901 - July 27, 1983 Also used the pseudonyms Malcolm Torrey ( Malcolm Torrie) and Stephen Hockaby (Stephen Hockaby). British (Scottish) writer, one of the classics of the detective genre. $$ author-portrait-187651-gladys-mitchell0.jpg $$. $$ author-portrait-187651-gladys-mitchell.jpg $$ Gladys Mitchell was born in the village of Cowley near Oxford on April 19, 1901, to a Scottish family. Childhood was spent in Oxfordshire and Hampshire, in 1909 the family moved to Middlesex. Gladys attended Rothschild (Branford) and Green (Isleworth), then Goldsmith College and University College London, earning a degree in European history. G.
Mitchell worked as a teacher of history, English and physical education in various women`s schools. In the mid-1920s, she wrote several dramatic works that were never published. Her writing career began in 1929 with the release of the detective film Sp...
Gladys Mitchell (English Gladys Mitchell , full name - Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchel) April 19, 1901 - July 27, 1983 Also used the pseudonyms Malcolm Torrey ( Malcolm Torrie) and Stephen Hockaby (Stephen Hockaby). British (Scottish) writer, one of the classics of the detective genre. $$ author-portrait-187651-gladys-mitchell0.jpg $$. $$ author-portrait-187651-gladys-mitchell.jpg $$ Gladys Mitchell was born in the village of Cowley near Oxford on April 19, 1901, to a Scottish family. Childhood was spent in Oxfordshire and Hampshire, in 1909 the family moved to Middlesex. Gladys attended Rothschild (Branford) and Green (Isleworth), then Goldsmith College and University College London, earning a degree in European history. G. Mitchell worked as a teacher of history, English and physical education in various women`s schools. In the mid-1920s, she wrote several dramatic works that were never published. Her writing career began in 1929 with the release of the detective film Speedy Death, which marked the beginning of a voluminous series about the detective work of psychologist Beatrice Bradley. In 1950, her first teaching resignation followed. 3 years before that, Gladys had been invited as a judge to compete at Matthew Arnold`s Girls` High School. After her retirement, she was invited to work at this institution, where she taught English and history until 1960. After her resignation, G. Mitchell moved to Dorset (Corfe Mullen), where she devoted herself entirely to her interests - the study of medieval architecture and early historical settlements, the study of local folklore and ancient customs, poetry. Other interests included studying Freud`s theories (Gladys was a fan of his teachings) and participating in the British Olympic Committee. She did not marry. Her writing work was very fruitful and lasted until her death (a number of works were published posthumously), although her first detective "Speedy Death" in 1929, publisher Victor Gollanz published with the words that "this novel has all the flaws that have ever existed under the sun. " After the first publication, Gladys Mitchell`s novels began to appear with enviable regularity, one novel a year. Mrs. Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley ( Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley ) is the main character in 65 novels and several stories by the writer. (with a capital letter). Diversified educated, proficient in psychoanalysis techniques and hand-to-hand combat techniques (including with the use of darts, cue or throwing knives), she was a consultant to the Ministry of the Interior, was awarded the order and became a Lady of the British Empire, and was married three times. The only thing Mrs. Bradley couldn`t do was knit, a hairpin about Miss Marple A. Christie. The teasing of A. Christie`s writing techniques resulted in Mitchell`s writing of several parodies of Lady Agatha`s most famous novels. Gladys Mitchell was a member of the British Detective Writers Association and, since 1933, a member of the "Detection Club". Despite her membership in the club, Mitchell often neglected the basic rules of the club in her books: violation of traditional conventions of the genre, endowing characters with supernatural abilities, etc. In many of her books, much attention is paid to such eccentric topics of the time as transvestism, witchcraft and esotericism. In addition to books about Mrs. Bradley, the writer published detective stories with the main character-architect under the pseudonym Malcolm Torrie ( Malcolm Torrie ) and a cycle of historical novels under the pseudonym Stephen Hockaby ( Stephen Hockaby ), as well as published 10 books for children under her own name. Gladys Mitchell died on July 27, 1983 at the age of 82, after her death three unpublished novels were found, which were published by Michael Joseph. In articles published after her death, she was named the last writer of the "Golden" age and equal to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers . Her work was highly regarded by Cecil Day-Lewis (Nicholas Blake), who in 1936 named Gladys Mitchell one of the six best writers in Great Britain. In 1975 she received a special award from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain with the wording "50 outstanding detectives". Christopher Fowler in the "Independent" article dated October 19, 2008 characterizes G. Mitchell`s books as more interesting and deep than those of A. Christie ... In 1999, the American television company PBS made several films based on 5 novels with Mrs. Bradley, starring Dinah Rigg. True, the plots of the books and the images of Mitchell`s characters have been changed. Fan site - http://www.gladysmitchell.com/. © Detective. Declaration of love , Wikipedia , Gladys Mitchell Biography , The Question and Answer session with Gladys Mitchell . Bibliography Series Mrs Bradley - Mrs Bradley 1929 - 1. Speedy Death - Fast death 1929 - 2. The Mystery of a Butcher`s Shop - The Secret of the Druid Stone 1930 - 3. The Longer Bodies 1932 - 4. The Saltmarsh Murders - Murder in Saltmarsh 1934 - 5. Death at The Opera (aka Death in the Wet) - Murder in the opera 1935 - 6. The Devil at Saxon Wall 1936 - 7. Dead Men`s Morris 1937 - 8. Come Away Death 1938 - 9. St. Peter`s Finger 1939 - 10. Printer`s Error 1940 - 11. Brazen Tongue 1941 - 12. Hangman`s Curfew 1941 - 13. When Last I Died 1942 - 14. Laurels Are Poison 1943 - 15. The Worsted Viper 1943 - 16. Sunset Over Soho 1944 - 17. My Father Sleeps 1945 - 18. The Rising of the Moon 1946 - 19. Here Comes A Chopper 1947 - 20. Death and The Maiden 1948 - 21. The Dancing Druids 1949 - 22. Tom Brown`s Body 1950 - 23. Groaning Spinney 1951 - 24. The Devil`s Elbow 1952 - 25. The Echoing Strangers 1953 - 26. Merlin`s Furlong 1954 - 27. Faintley Speaking 1955 - 28. Watson`s Choice 1956 - 29. Twelve Horses and the Hangman`s Noose 1957 - 30. The Twenty- Third Man 1958 - 31. Spotted Hemlock 1959 - 32. The Man Who Grew Tomatoes 1960 - 33. Say it With Flowers 1961 - 34. The Nodding Canaries 1962 - 35. My Bones Will Keep 1963 - 36. Adders on the Heath 1964 - 37. Death of a Delft Blue 1965 - 38. Pageant of Murder 1966 - 39. The Croaking Raven 1967 - 40. Skeleton Island 1968 - 41. Three Quick and Five Dead 1969 - 42. Dance to Your Daddy 1970 - 43. Gory Dew 1971 - 44. Lament for Leto 1972 - 45. A Hearse on May-Day 1973 - 46. The Murder of Busy Lizzie 1974 - 47. A Javelin for Jonah 1974 - 48. Winking At the Brim 1975 - 49. Convent on Styx 1976 - 50. Late, Late in the Evening 1977 - 51. Noonday and Night 1977 - 52. Fault in The Structure 1978 - 53. Wraiths and Changelings 1978 - 54. Mingled with Venom 1979 - 55. Nest of Vipers 1979 - 56. The Mudflats of the Dead 1980 - 57. Uncoffin`d Clay 1980 - 58. The Whispering Knights 1981 - 59. The Death-Cap Dancers 1981 - 60. Lovers Make Moan 1982 - 61 Here Lies Gloria Mundy 1982 - 62. Death of a Burrowing Mole 1983 - 63. The Greenstone Griffins 1983 - 64. Cold, Lone and Still 1984 - 65. No Winding Sheet 1984 - 66. The Crozier Pharaohs Pamela Stewart 1948 - 1. Holiday River 1949 - 2. The Seven Stones Mystery 1950 - 3. The Malory Secret 1951 - 4. Pam at Storne Castle Timothy Herring (writing as Malcolm Torrie ) 1966 - Heavy As Lead 1967 - Late and Cold 1968 - Your Secret Friend 1969 - Churchyard Salad 1970 - Shades of Darkness 1971 - Bismarck Herrings Historic adventure novels (writing as Stephen Hockaby ) 1933 - Marsh Hay 1934 - Seven Stars and Orion 1935 - Gabriel`s Hold 1936 - Shallow Brown 1939 - Grand Master Children`s novels 1936 - Outlaws of the Border 1940 - The Three Fingerprints 1948 - Holiday River 1949 - The Seven Stones Mystery 1950 - The Malory Secret 1951 - Pam at Storne Castle 1954 - Caravan Creek 1954 - On Your Marks 1959 - The Light Blue Hills Collections 2005 - Sleuth`s Alchemy: Cases of Mrs. Bradley And Others Anthologies containing stories by Gladys Mitchell 1983 - Fifty Famous Detectives of Fiction Short stories The Case of the Hundred Cats (1938) Daisy Bell (1940) Strangers` Hall ( 1950) A Light on Murder (1950) Rushy Glen (1950) Juniper Gammon (1950) The Jar of Ginger (1951) Manor Park (1951) The Knife (1951) Practical Joke (1951) Our Pageant (1951) Sammy (1951) The Tree (1951) Peach-Jam (1951) The Plumb-Line (1951) Haunted House (1952) Falling Petals (1952) The Price of Lead (1952) The Spell (1952) A Bit of Garden (1952) The Swimming Gala (1952) The Tooth-pick (1952) The Bodkin (1952) The Boxer (1953) The Visitor (1953) Oversight (1953) The Manuscript (1953) The Fish Pond (1953) Alibi (1953) The Vacuum Cleaner (1953) Arsenic in the House (1956)