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  • Published: 3 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448190478
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

A Hearse on May Day




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Sinister goings-on in a sleepy English village...a classic murder mystery from one the queens of Golden Age crime fiction

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY
Rediscover Gladys Mitchell – one of the 'Big Three' female crime fiction writers alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Fenella, great-niece to the unorthodox psychoanalyst and sleuth Mrs Bradley, unwittingly stumbles upon a pagan ritual in the sleepy village of Seven Wells. When the village's pub landlord disappears, Fenella calls on her great aunt's expert advice to help her unravel the developing mysteries. Why was the squire of the village stabbed in the back? And what is the secret of the five skeletons in the crypt?

Opinionated, unconventional, unafraid... If you like Poirot and Miss Marple, you’ll love Mrs Bradley.

  • Pub date: 3 April 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448190478
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

Gladys Mitchell

Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell – or ‘The Great Gladys’ as Philip Larkin called her – was born in 1901, in Cowley in Oxfordshire. She graduated in history from University College London and in 1921 began her long career as a teacher. Her hobbies included architecture and writing poetry. She studied the works of Sigmund Freud and her interest in witchcraft was encouraged by her friend, the detective novelist Helen Simpson.

Her first novel, Speedy Death, was published in 1929 and introduced readers to Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, the detective heroine of a further sixty six crime novels. She wrote at least one novel a year throughout her career and was an early member of the Detection Club, alongside Agatha Christie, G.K Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers. In 1961 she retired from teaching and, from her home in Dorset, continued to write, receiving the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger in 1976. Gladys Mitchell died in 1983.

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Praise for A Hearse on May Day

“She is one of the Big Three women detective writers”

Observer

“Gladys Mitchell can always be relied upon for a packed and meaty novel, and an intelligent one too”

Guardian

“Mrs Bradley is easily one of the most memorable personalities”

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“The marvel is that although Miss Mitchell has been so prolific, she has also been so good”

Edmund Crispin

“Miss Mitchell began her career in the golden age of detective fiction and maintained her highly individual talent through all the genre's vicissitudes”

P.D. James, Times Literary Supplement


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