Gladys Mitchell

Gladys Mitchell

in Cowley, Oxford, The United Kingdom
April 19, 1901

July 27, 1983


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, Brentford, from 1921-26, and at St Anne's Senior Girls School, Ealing until 1939.

She earned an external diploma in European history from University College in 1926, beginning to write her novels at this point. Mitchell went on to teach at a number of other schools, including the Brentford Senior Girls School (1941-50), and the Matthew Arnold School, Stai

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“Look here, Mrs. Bradley," he said. "I feel a pretty frightful bounder telling you all this about the poor girl, but I think some woman ought to know about it. On Wednesday night, yes, last night, Eleanor came into my bedroom at about half-past twelve and--and wanted to stay there! I thought it was a ghost at first. I had terrible difficulty in getting rid of her. In fact, I had to get out of bed and shove her outside and lock the door. Choice, isn't it?"
"Of course you will lock your door tonight," she said.
"You bet I shall," Bertie said fervently, "and nothing short of the house catching fire is going to persuade me to open it.”
Gladys Mitchell, A Speedy Death
tags: 1929, sex

“What about Kost, sir? He’s a foreigner, you know.” “Yes,” said the inspector, allowing to pass unchallenged the usual English implication that foreigners are always either lunatics or criminals or both, “but the motive?”
Gladys Mitchell, The Longer Bodies: A Mrs. Bradley Mystery

“Well,” continued Hilary, “it felt like somebody’s face! You know when you play water polo, and you push a chap’s face with your foot—” “What sort of water polo do you play, for heaven’s sake?” asked Richard Cowes.”
Gladys Mitchell, The Longer Bodies: A Mrs. Bradley Mystery


May 2016 Woman Fiction Genre BOM: mystery/thriller

Street of the Five Moons (Vicky Bliss, #2) by Elizabeth Peters
Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters
Published in 1978
Vicky Bliss, a brain with a body like a centerfold, often has a tough time getting people to take her seriously. But when it comes to medieval history, this blonde beauty knows her stuff -- and she's a master at solving mysteries that would turn the art world upside down.Vicky gasped at the sight of the exquisite gold pendant her boss at Munich's National Museum held in his hand. The Charlemagne talisman replica, along with a note in hieroglyphs, was found sewn into the suit pocket of an unidentified man found dead in an alley. Vicky vows to find the master craftsman who created it. It's a daring chase that takes her all the way to Rome and through the dusty antique centers and moonlit streets of the most romantic city in the world. But soon she's trapped in a treacherous game of intrigue that could cost her life -- or her heart...

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The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5) by Josephine Tey
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
Published in 1951
Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown? Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower.

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Speedy Death (Mrs. Bradley) by Gladys Mitchell
Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell
Published in 1929
Guests have gathered to dine at Alastair Bing’s elegant country manor, but only one guest—a murderer—is aware of the dead body in an upstairs bathtub. With renowned explorer Mr. Everard Mountjoy noticeably absent from the dining table, the rest of the party searches for him, and soon discovers the explorer’s drowned corpse. The murder is mystifying, not in the least because the body in the bath is clearly a woman’s! As danger and theories unravel, psychoanalyst Mrs. Beatrice Lestrange Bradley observes and interprets all, from shrieks in the night to drowning attempts to poisoning. It’s clear that Mrs. Bradley has a basilisk eye for detail. But can she uncover a motive for murder?

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Mystery at Geneva An Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings by Rose Macaulay
Mystery at Geneva: An Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings by Rose Macaulay
Published in 1922
A shabby young reporter, Henry Beechtree, arrives in Geneva in 1922 to cover the 4th Assembly of the League of Nations. When the League's newly- elected President disappears, followed by another delegate, and another, Henry chases a trail of clues through the assembly halls, chateaux, and lakeside villas of old Geneva, eventually uncovering much more than he intended. Awash in post-war optimism and the petty squabbles of diplomats, Mystery at Geneva is great fun for historical mystery lovers everywhere.

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