When Mrs Bradley's grandson finds an old diary in her rented cottage it attracts the interest of this most unconventional of detectives, for the book's now deceased owner was once suspected of the murders of both her aunt and cousin. Does the missing diary finally reveal what happened to old Aunt Flora? Is the case of Bella Foxley really closed? And what happened to the boys from the local reformatory that went missing at the same time? As events unfold, Mrs. Bradley faces one of her most difficult cases to date, one that will keep readers guessing until the very end...
©1941 Gladys Mitchell (P)2011 Soundings
This is my first encounter with Gladys Mitchell's work. I found the story a little slow to get started and it to a while to engage with it. However, I felt it was worth persevering to the end. I found the narration a little slow, but generally OK.
"Enjoyable and great reader"
Love the Mrs Bradley books ...Would love to be able to hear more
Interesting story ...quite involved and think the reader does a very good job ...very versatile with her character fortelling
Great story ..Interesting
"narrator brings characters to life"
the narrator, she is really wasted on the thin story line
too convoluted, too many twists in the plot that strain one's credulity, a bit more straightforward action would have been better
The heroine, Mrs Bradley, is depicted as a very clever woman. Then why does she make the most awful mistakes? Apart from that, it's a nice enough book, but not one I should like to read twice.
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