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Faintley Speaking (Mrs. Bradley #27)

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Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, psychiatrist and consultant for Britain's Home Office, is vacationing with her assistant Laura when the latter, out on a hike with a young boy, discovers the body of Miss Faintley, one of his teachers, tucked under a bush. From the police Mrs. Bradley learns that the woman was involved in an odd, slightly illegal transfer of packages containing ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 31st 1986 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1954)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 01, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers looking for the offbeat
Author Gladys Mitchell was herself a schoolteacher of history, English, and games for nearly 40 years. That explains why so many of her novels are set in schools or involve schoolteachers; thus far, I've read just a dozen of Mitchell's book and already amongst them Laurels are Poison, Death at the Opera, Tom Brown's Body, and St. Peter's Finger were set at schools, while now Faintley Speaking involves a dead natural-science teacher and unfolds at a co-ed school for quite a few chapters.

Whistlers Mom
Sep 27, 2016 Whistlers Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite of the Mrs. Bradley books, although I'll be the first to admit that the plot is as thin and preposterous as anything Mitchell every concocted. I just reread it and enjoyed it (again) for the endearing character of well-born, but impecunious writer Geoffry Mandsell and his kindly landlady Mrs. Deaks. Their dealings and dialogue remind us that even the rigid class system of old England allowed for plenty of friendly elbow-rubbing.

It also revolves around a large "mixed" (
William Bibliomane
Sep 10, 2016 William Bibliomane rated it really liked it
A thoroughly entertaining Mitchell romp, Faintley Speaking carries the reader from the south coast of England, to a co-ed school, and back to the Isle of Wight. Mrs. Bradley, crocodilian as ever, and her erstwhile assistant Laura Gavin, become embroiled in the murder of Miss Faintley, the nature studies mistress at a nearby school. But what do mysterious parcels and an empty house have to do with Faintley's death? This is another character-driven Mitchell story, full of charming touches and ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
When a starving artist answers the phone in a call box, he becomes involved in a mysterious business of package delivery. That doesn't seem to have much to do with the death of a schoolmistress on holiday, but Mrs. Bradley is on the scene, and her secretary Laura Menzies finds the body. As consulting psychiatrist to the Home Office, Mrs. Bradley is able to interfere at will, eventually elucidating a complicated (maybe too complicated?) plot and a number (many too many?) criminals. You read this ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Jan rated it did not like it
Very boring, for a detective story. I had some trouble understanding some of the English coloquialisms, too.
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Aka Malcolm Torrie, Stephen Hockaby.

Born in Cowley, Oxford, in 1901, Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell was the daughter of market gardener James Mitchell, and his wife, Annie.

She was educated at Rothschild School, Brentford and Green School, Isleworth, before attending Goldsmiths College and University College, London from 1919-1921.

She taught English, history and games at St Paul's School, Brentfo
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