Gladys Mitchell's wonderful stories continue to be reprinted, giving new readers and mystery fans opportunities to discover more of her often hard-to-find tales and texts. In March 2016 The Poisoned Pen Press will release in print and eBook editions Serpents in Eden, a great collection of Golden Age short stories centered around the theme of countryside crime. The tales -- including works from G.K. Chesterton, E.C. Bentley, Margery Allingham, and many more -- are expertly chosen by writer and scholar Martin Edwards. See the New Books section for more information, and visit my personal website for a detailed review of this anthology.
A couple of announcements in the New Books section for some great Golden Age Mystery titles that, like Gladys Mitchell's work for many years, were very difficult to find until now. Dean Street Press is providing eBook and print editions of rare mysteries by E.R. Punshon and Harriet Rutland. I'm very excited that electronic publishing and specialty presses are making some long out-of-print titles available for a new generation of readers! Check them out if you are looking for new authors to collect.
Has it been a year since I have updated this site? Since I have completed pages for synopses and reviews of all Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley and Timothy Herring mysteries, there isn't much left to provide. A review of the Stephen Hockaby title Grand Master (1939) will be posted soon. I read it for the first time this month. My time has been taken up with teaching, writing, and adding to my professional website, at www.jasonhalf.com . Why the name change? As my writing continues to gain recognition, I don't want to be confused with the other Jason Halls who are selling screenplays and stage plays and acting in television. The name "Jason Half" will be easier to brand as my own. In that regard, I've also updated my About Me page. You can read my scripts and learn more about me by following the link to www.jasonhalf.com .
A new synopsis and review have been added to the Bibliography list: information about the great but rare Stephen Hockaby title Seven Stars and Orion (1934) can be found on the site. And I'm pleased to repeat that Amazon.com now has 65 Gladys Mitchell mysteries available to U.S. readers as e-book editions for the Kindle device. That means that nearly all of this great author's books are available once again and ready for a new generation of readers to discover!
Hello, Gladys Mitchell readers! The months go by, teaching and writing and life happens, and less and less time seems to be found for pleasure reading. When that happens, I am planning to revisit the superb Stephen Hockaby novel Seven Stars and Orion (1934) and finally compose a synopsis and review for the site. In the meantime, US and UK mystery fans can celebrate with the great bounty of reprinted Mrs. Bradley titles, available in eBook and printed formats, from Amazon.com and Vintage UK. Please check out my New Books page for more information.
How does time move so fast? While 2013 allowed for little time to revisit my favorite author -- rereadings of Tom Brown's Body and The Saltmarsh Murders were about it -- I was thrilled to see a renewed interest in the Mrs. Bradley series by several fans who contacted me through this site. There are now more titles available for listening from Isis Audiobooks and Audible.com, and 2014 will see more than a dozen elusive Gladys Mitchell titles reprinted (and in e-book form!) by Vintage UK. (The lovely people at Vintage had asked me for suggestions about the best titles to bring back, and I am excited that many of my choices, including Groaning Spinney, The Echoing Strangers, and Nest of Vipers, are returning to print.) All best wishes to fans of GM and Golden Age Detective mysteries!
Trying to fill gaps in your collection of Gladys Mitchell titles but having difficulties because some are only available in expensive first editions? Good news! Vintage UK has recently licensed the reprint rights for 20 more Mrs. Bradley mysteries; many of them are hard to find. I will happily update this site as release dates become available. Also, a kindly soul on the Internet has allowed me to display a scan of the extremely rare dustjacket for the Stephen Hockaby title Gabriel's Hold. You can see it by clicking the link or visiting the Bibliography page.
Happy Holidays, everyone! One more book review added before the new year: you can access the synopsis and review for the Stephen Hockaby novel Shallow Brown by following the link. All of the other Gladys Mitchell reviews can be found on the Bibliography page. Please check it out!
I've added a new page. Entitled "Mrs. Bradley's Audio Adventures," this is an overview of the Gladys Mitchell titles available as recorded readings by the great company Isis Audiobooks. You'll also find a brief review of my recent listen of When Last I Died on CD, as well as a link (through Audible.com) for US fans to purchase and download three of the titles.
News for collectors! Some original manuscripts and correspondence from Gladys Mitchell are planned to be auctioned later this month. These items will be part of a larger lot featuring work and letters from many celebrated mystery authors including Henry Cecil, Ian Rankin, P.D. James, Michael Gilbert, Dick Francis, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill and many others. If further information is posted about this auction, you will find it here. Many thanks to Ralph Spurrier at Post Mortem Books for this information; the items on auction are correspondence and contributions related to his store and the long-running Catalogue of Crime annuals.
I'm pleased to announce a fine contribution to the site: fan and poet Edwin Stockdale has submitted an ode to Gladys Mitchell with his poem "Death and the Maiden." You can enjoy this tribute by clicking the highlighted title or by visiting the site's Essays and Documents page, which collects writing from many other fans as well as from the author herself.
A busy summer has postponed my reading until the fall, but I should have a few more reviews posted by year's end! In the meantime, check out the new Gladys Mitchell titles offered by Rue Morgue Press in the US and Vintage UK on the New Books page.
Completing graduate school will occupy nearly all my
time this spring, but I wanted to post the long overdue
synopsis and review of The
Croaking Raven (1966). With this posting, I
now have all 66 of Gladys Mitchell's titles represented
in the Mrs. Bradley/Dame Beatrice series! Please follow
the link or use the Bibliography
to see all the other listings.
Happy Holidays to all the fans of Gladys Mitchell!
2010 has been another generous year, and I am heartened
to see reprinted editions of more titles becoming available--some
for the first time. Most recently, Rue
Morgue Press has offered up Dead
Men's Morris (1936) and Merlin's
Furlong (1953). Please visit the New
Books page for a listing of the current reprints.
Another review from the Mrs. Bradley series is posted:
I read 1983's The Greenstone
Griffins for the first time this summer. Only
one more title left to read (The Croaking Raven
from 1966) and I'll have all of the Mrs. Bradley/Dame
Beatrice novels represented on this website! That was
my intention when I started this author tribute site
nine years ago: information about Gladys Mitchell's
books and plots, all in one place. Thanks very much
for visiting; I hope you find the information helpful.
As usual, the combination of graduate school, teaching,
and creative writing has conspired to keep me from updating
this site as often as I would like. I'm hoping to add
another book review or two before the year's end, however;
I only have two more titles to read before all 66 Mrs.
Bradley titles are represented! You can find the list
by looking through the Bibliography
page. Author Emma Donoghue has just released an excellent
study of lesbian representation in English fiction called
Desire Between Women in Literature. In the
book's chapter called "Detection," she looks
at characters from some great mystery contributors,
including Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, P.D. James,
Ruth Rendell, Josephine Tey, and Gladys Mitchell--with
an analysis of GM's Speedy
Death. Check out Inseparable
by Emma Donoghue; available through Random House and
Some new additions to be found in the New
Books section. Andrew Osmond at Minnow Press has
delivered the last of Gladys Mitchell's most elusive
titles from the late '30s/early '40s with a reprinting
of 1941's Hangman's Curfew.
And another UK publisher, Greyladies Books, offers up
their first Dame Beatrice book, a reprint of 1975's
Convent on Styx.
Mitchell reader Ryan Olsen has sent me an updated list
of his most- and least-favorite titles, and that information
can be seen on the Best and
Some interesting news to convey: In April 2010 Isis
Soundings plans to release The
Saltmarsh Murders as an audiobook recording,
with Tom Brown's Body
scheduled for the latter half of the year. Although
there's currently not a listing of the titles on Isis'
website, I will post a note when they become available.
Many thanks to Gladys Mitchell fan Carl W. for sending
me this information and confirming with Isis. And Rue
Morgue Press in the US has just released their newest
addition to their Mrs. Bradley series. The cover scan
of Death and the Maiden
can be viewed in New Books.
Vintage UK has confirmed that three classic Gladys
Mitchell titles will be reprinted and released in May
of 2010. Covers and site links can be found at the New
Books page. It's great to see Mrs. Bradley's cases
returning to print!
An entire summer spent teaching, writing, and reading,
but only now am I able to post something new to the
site! A synopsis and review of 1944's My
Father Sleeps has been added, and I only have
two more Mrs. Bradley titles left before all 66 books
are represented. Also, I'm checking on rumors that additional
Gladys Mitchell titles could be reprinted soon. I'll
deliver the details when I hear them.
School has claimed most of my time as usual, but I
have a few Stephen Hockaby updates for the site. Check
out the very rare dust jacket for Marsh
Hay. I'm currently enjoying a read of Shallow
Brown and will have a synopsis and review posted
within the next week. And I've added the cover for Rue
Morgue Press's edition of The
Longer Bodies, a great early Mrs. Bradley mystery.
You can see the new cover by visiting the New
A review of the adventure story for girls Pam
at Storne Castle is posted. And remember to
check out the New Books
page for the list of Gladys Mitchell titles due out
Two new and exciting Gladys Mitchell reprints on the
horizon: Rue Morgue Press uncovers The
Longer Bodies and Minnow Press unfurls The
Worsted Viper. Both titles arrive in early
2009; check out the New Books
page for details.
A new arrivals update: Vintage Press UK will publish
three Mrs. Bradley tales in April 2009. Get a sneak
peek by visiting the New
Books page. I also hope to add one more book review
before the year's end....
Another summer spent teaching, another summer away
from this site... but I have returned, and I've brought
a review of 1965's Pageant
of Murder with me. Click on the link in the
bibliography page for synopses
and reviews of Gladys Mitchell's works.
A new review has been posted, this one for the adventure
story for girls On Your Marks.
I've also corrected the typeface on a number of essays,
which gave me great pleasure to reread as I worked on
Morgue Press continues its great GM reprint series
by bringing forth Tom Brown's
Body. More information is available on the
New Books page.
A brief GM reading break kept me from posting a new
review until now: the Say
It with Flowers page has just been added, and
I should be making another addition or two to the site
Great news for Gladys Mitchell completists: the very
enjoyable Printer's Error
is reprinted for the first time since its initial 1939
publication. Many thanks to Minnow Press for this achievement.
You can find information on the New
Books page. I've also added a review of the late
tale The Whispering Knights.
A review of Death of a Burrowing
Mole has been added. More short story reviews
will be coming soon, and the Best
to Worst section received a brief update as well.
After a summer spent teaching and working, I'm finally
able to devote some time to website updates. This month
should see a few promising additions. I'll be adding
more short story synopses and
reviews soon ("Rushy Glen" and "Juniper
Gammon" are new), and notes on the first Stephen
Hockaby title, Marsh Hay,
are posted. Also, get a sneak peek in the New
Books section of Rue Morgue Press's latest Gladys
Mitchell reprint, the excellent Come
Away, Death. More to come!
A review of another of Gladys Mitchell's "adventure
stories for girls" is posted: check out The
Malory Secret here or through the bibliography
The classic Mrs. Bradley mystery Death
at the Opera has received a long-overdue review.
I've also updated some publishing history on certain
titles, while Nicholas Fuller has ranked his final two
Mrs. Bradley titles on the Best
and Worst list.
A new review posted in the Bibliography section for
Noonday and Night,
a mystery involving missing tour bus drivers. I've also
updated the Best and Worst
page, with a new list for myself and an intriguing,
informally annotated best-to-worst list from GM scholar
1964's Death of a Delft Blue
(alternate title: Death in Amsterdam) is reviewed, and
another classic Mitchell title gets reprinted very soon,
courtesy of Rue Morgue Press. Check the New
Books page for details.
A new review of the Malcolm Torrie title Bismarck
Herrings and a change to the e-mail contact
address are the most recent site additions. Also, I'm
looking for information about the plot of the Gladys
Mitchell children's book THE SEVEN STONES MYSTERY. If
you have any information or can help me locate a copy,
please e-mail me. It's greatly appreciated!
Posted the review of Gladys Mitchell's children's adventure
and Mediterranean travelogue The
Light-Blue Hills. I also updated my About
Me page, but not substantially.
I've returned from teaching, and am adding an in-depth
synopsis and review of Brazen
Tongue, an exciting wartime mystery. Check
out the the formidable cover scan supplied by Facsimile
A review of the final Dame Beatrice mystery is posted.
The Crozier Pharoahs
proved a solid, if not extraordinary, note upon which
to end this great series.
Getting around to my New Year's promise of regular
site updates a bit late, but they arrive nonetheless!
Reviews of Gory Dew
and the children's adventure The
Three Fingerprints are posted. And many thanks
to Mark Terry of Facsimile
Dust Jackets for graciously providing us with some
striking first edition images. The covers for Brazen
Curfew, and Printer's
Error are particularly impressive. Thanks,
12/14/05 -- HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
A couple simple December updates: new reviews posted
for St. Peter's Finger and
for the Malcolm Torrie title Shades
of Darkness. Wishing everyone a promising 2006!
11/11/05 -- HERE TO STAY
Though this site has been unavailable in times past,
I'm happy to report that we should be up and running
for good as of today. New web hosting = No problems.
Before the end of this year I'll be cleaning up the
site a little, adding a few reviews (St. Peter's
Finger will be next; I'm rereading it now), and
getting it ready for 2006. Thanks for visiting, and
very happy to hear from Mitchell fans via e-mail!
10/15/05 -- CRIMESQUAD SPOTLIGHTS MITCHELL
A very busy month for me, as I have uprooted from Maine
to Pennsylvania. But a productive one for Gladys Mitchell,
Morgue Press has reprinted the classic When
Last I Died this month; follow the publisher's
link for ordering info. And Chris Simmons, creator of
the great contemporary crime fiction site Crimesquad.com
is showcasing Gladys Mitchell in the Classic Crime section
this month. Check out Chris's informative site.
Thanks to an informative visitor, I've updated the
page for Mark Terry of Facsimile
Dust Jackets, who offers a number of Gladys Mitchell
jacket covers for sale. There's also an update on the
page that details various readers' choices of Best
to Worst Mrs. Bradley tales.
8/14/05 -- NEW BOOKS SECTION
Hello all -- I've added a New
Books section to celebrate reprinted GM titles as
of late; there's also information on any rumored upcoming
releases. I'm finishing up a reading of the delightful
but frenetic Brazen Tongue,
and will post a synopsis and review shortly.
7/11/05 -- BRAZEN TONGUE SCHEDULED FOR FALL '05 PRINTING!
I am pleased to announce that Gladys Mitchell's ultra-rare
1940 mystery Brazen Tongue will get its first
reprinting later this year. The UK house
Minnow Press, with the help of Mitchell fan and
novelist Andrew Osmond, will bring this text to a new
generation with a limited run scheduled for October
2005. You can get details by checking out the link above
or visiting Amazon.co.uk. Less newsworthy, but still
of interest: there's a new review posted for 1962's
My Bones Will Keep.
3/21/05 -- GM SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY AVAILABLE!
Another belated update, but an update nonetheless....
The biggest news is the arrival of the Gladys Mitchell
short story collection Sleuth's Alchemy, which
gathers several previously out-of-print stories written
for the London Evening Standard. It is cause
for celebration, and you can obtain a copy through Crippen
& Landru publishers, whose contact info is also
on this site's Links page. I've also added a review
of Dead Men's Morris,
found in the Bibliography section.
Practically one year later, and I'm just beginning
to revisit this site. (A business purchase has kept
me busy--too busy--for the 2004 year.) My Mitchell reading,
and pleasure reading in general, had been put on hold
for quite a while, and I'm finally starting to enjoy
Golden Age mystery stories again. In September I read
Cold, Lone and Still
and The Worsted Viper,
with reviews posted. October brought visits to Lovers,
Make Moan and the children's book Holiday
River. But I'm most proud of the site's newest
addition, an essay wherein I try to explain just what
makes Gladys great. You can read Artistic
Difference here. New e-mail address too (this one
New reviews for a pair of lighthouse-themed stories:
Skeleton Island and the very rare Stephen
Hockaby novel Gabriel's Hold.
Plus, there's Mingled with Venom
to boot and an essay written by Gladys Mitchell in 1981
about her days in The Detection Club--see The
Golden Age in the essay section. Many thanks
this month to Mr. Laurence Worms of Ash
Reviews posted for Watson's
Choice and The Saltmarsh
Murders. I've been busy working on another writing
project, but still find time to indulge in some Mitchell
mysteries on occasion. That said, my take on Skeleton
Island will be forthcoming... Stay tuned.
New reviews of the entertaining books Merlin's
Furlong and Dance to
Your Daddy posted, as well as a couple scans
of Miss Mitchell's book inscriptions, courtesy of Christie
collector Bevis Benneworth. (Look up The
Twenty-Third Man and Spotted
Hemlock for these additions.) As American viewers
may know, PBS has just finished running the four Mrs.
Bradley/Diana Rigg episodes stateside; for author Andrew
Osmond's take on these programs, I direct you to his
article, Mrs. Bradley on
I'm pleased to announce some new, first-edition cover
scans from bookseller Laurence Worms over at Ash Rare
Books: check out the pages for Come
Away, Death, The Twenty-Third
Man, Caravan Creek,
and Adders on the Heath.
Plus, news from Crippen & Landru publishing tells
us to look for the Gladys Mitchell short story collection
Sleuth's Alchemy, edited by Nicholas Fuller,
either late 2003 or early 2004. This collection should
contain EVERY Mitchell story first published in the
Evening Standard, many of them never before reprinted,
and is therefore an exciting prospect for fans!
Busy life and little reading as of late, though I'm
hoping to read more Mitchell as the summer moves on.
In the meantime, reviews of Uncoffin'd
Clay and the elusive Hangman's
Curfew will have to tide you over.
More reviews from April, and a bit of variety at that:
I take a look at the Malcolm Torrie title Churchyard
Salad, try out the children's book Caravan
Creek, and revisit the solid Mrs. Bradley mystery
Laurels Are Poison.
Two reviews posted last month; check them out if you
haven't yet done so. The Nodding
Canaries and The Longer
Bodies were both up for scrutiny, and worth
a read (or re-read).
Happy New Year! New book reviews: Gladys Mitchell's
first, Speedy Death,
and a Scotland-set later entry, Winking
at the Brim. The best-to-worst
title ranking is also updated, and 2003 should bring
many more additions to the site. Stay tuned.
Reviews posted for a pair of mysteries with literary
leanings: Printer's Error
and The Mudflats of the Dead.
I updated a first edition photo of Wraiths
and Changelings courtesy of Andrew Osmond, replacing
an ugly red-and-black Magna Print scan. And I've heard
rumblings in the Crippen
& Landru pipeline that those great publishers are
moving forward with a collection of Gladys Mitchell's
Evening Standard short stories. I'll post more information
as soon as it becomes available...
Review of The Man Who Grew
Tomatoes fresh, ripe, and ready for picking
(or picking on). A UK friend has donated a color scan
of the original Devil
at Saxon Wall dustjacket, so that's also
available. Check out the bibliography for all your literary
Busy, busy summer...but productive! (But not really
for this website...) Anyway, recent reviews include
Convent on Styx,
and When Last I Died.
TV Land has already pulled "Mary Hartman, Mary
Hartman" from its schedule, not even giving the
quirky show a chance to find a new audience. And the
title rankings in the "best to worst" lists
are being subtly, almost imperceptibly changed. See
if you can spot the difference...
I've addered reviews of Adders
on the Heath and the Malcolm Torrie title
Your Secret Friend.
And on another obsession (see my "About Me"
page), the 1976 TV series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
is finally being brought back to U.S. television via
the TVLand channel. As Mary whispers at the end of episode
3 (I already said it was an obsession), "Thank
you, God, for small....favors."
Something old, something new... Fresh reviews of The
Rising of the Moon and The
Murder of Busy Lizzie are available from
the Bibliography page. Plus, Rushton and Mark of Black
& White Books have provided this site with some
vintage cover art! Check out the gorgeous dustjackets
for these titles: Sunset
over Soho, The
Dancing Druids, The
Devil's Elbow, The
Rising of the Moon, and Twelve
Horses and the Hangman's Noose. You can
also own reproductions of these covers by clicking here.
And if that's not enough, I've updated the "best
& worst" lists found on the Essays page.
Newest reviews cover the titles Tom
Brown's Body (1949) and Here
Lies Gloria Mundy (1982); check them out
from the Bibliography page... I've also posted three
different "best to worst"
lists from some of us Gladys Mitchell readers who
have opinions on such matters. If you have read beaucoup
de Bradley and would like to send in a list of your
own recommendations, drop me an e-mail.
I've added four articles to the essays
page from Gladys Mitchell enthusiast and author Andrew
Osmond, including his study of Mrs. Bradley's recent
representation on the telly and a personal best and
worst list. Also, I've added a detailed synopsis and
review of Sunset Over Soho,
a tough little nut of a book that has Mitchell fans
everywhere singing its praises or cursing its name...
Plus, I (very minorly) updated my "About Me"
page to add some info and make it more web browser friendly!
Enjoy, won't you? And we're now part of a mystery authors
web ring, so you can believe that world domination is
imminent here at the Gladys Mitchell Tribute site....