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by Gladys Mitchell

eBook Laurels are poison epub
  • ISBN: 0701210109
  • Author: Gladys Mitchell
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hogarth Press; New Edition edition (1986)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1337 kb
  • FB2 size 1669 kb
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Laurels Are Poison Paperback – 15 Jun 2012. by Gladys Mitchell (Author). Most writers are at their best when they set their books in environments that they know and love and The Great Gladys was no exception

Laurels Are Poison Paperback – 15 Jun 2012. Most writers are at their best when they set their books in environments that they know and love and The Great Gladys was no exception. This mystery is set at a women's "training school" (the old name for colleges that trained teachers. A faculty member has disappeared and Mrs. Bradley is called in and takes a post as warden at one of the five dormitories. It was published in 1942, but set in the 1930's. WWII isn't even on the horizon.

Laurels Are Poison book. I found Gladys Mitchell's characters delightful to exist amongst for a short while - they comfortably inhabit their stereotypes like old clothes

Laurels Are Poison book. Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, psychologist and detective, has. I found Gladys Mitchell's characters delightful to exist amongst for a short while - they comfortably inhabit their stereotypes like old clothes. The crime seems to take second place to the setting, which was fine by me as the setting was thoroughly enjoyable - a women's college, populated by girls training to be teachers.

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Gladys Mitchell (21 April 1901 – 27 July 1983) was an English author best known for her creation of Mrs Bradley, the heroine of 66 detective novels. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Stephen Hockaby and Malcolm Torrie. Feted during her life (called "the Great Gladys" by Philip Larkin), her work was largely neglected for the two decades after her death. Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell was born in Cowley, Oxford on 19 April 1901 to James, a market gardener of Scottish parentage, and Annie

Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, psychologist and detective, has become the warden of a house in a college so that she can investigate the disappearance of a previous warden.

Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, psychologist and detective, has become the warden of a house in a college so that she can investigate the disappearance of a previous warden. As soon as the term starts, strange things begin to happen: a bath is left to overflow, girls’ clothes are torn to shreds, snakes appear, and a girl’s hair is cut off as she sleeps. Can Mrs Bradley solve the mysteries of the college? First published 1942.

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A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY Rediscover Gladys Mitchell – one of the 'Big Three' female crime fiction writers alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. Her arrival coincides with a series of sinister practical jokes - a student's hair is hacked off, clothes are slashed, then the cook's body is discovered in a river near the college.

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Wal
Most writers are at their best when they set their books in environments that they know and love and The Great Gladys was no exception. This mystery is set at a women's "training school" (the old name for colleges that trained teachers.) A faculty member has disappeared and Mrs. Bradley is called in and takes a post as warden at one of the five dormitories. It was published in 1942, but set in the 1930's. WWII isn't even on the horizon.

We are introduced to the formidable Laura Menzies, who would go on to become Mrs. Bradley's trusted secretary/sparring partner and would (even after her marriage to a Scotland Yard detective) be a fixture in most of the subsequent Mrs. Bradley books. Here she's a student (albeit a very shrewd and forceful one) and given to collegiate slang, but she shows signs of the woman she would later become. She quickly sizes up Beatrice Lestrange Bradley and dubs her "Mrs. Croc." It would be her affectionately respectful name for her employer throughout their long association.

Laura's friend Alice also shows up in a later book. Kitty, the reluctant teacher trainee and wanna-be hairdresser is one of the brightest parts of the book. She illustrates Mitchell's deep conviction that women who don't want to teach shouldn't be forced into the career. She also shows (somewhat surprisingly) that Mitchell appreciated the value of feminine good looks. The famously ugly and garishly dressed Mrs. Bradley makes sure that her protege is well gowned, coiffed, and made-up before her young man arrives for a college dance. And the scene where strong-minded Kitty bullies Mrs. Bradley into a more becoming dress and make-up in one of the best in the whole series.

There's a great deal about teaching - a profession which Mitchell found so fascinating that she continued it even after her writing was bringing in a substantial income. And the subject of teacher training (good and bad) is a continuing theme. In the end, the mystery (as it frequently does in this series) takes a back seat to the characters and the charm and nostalgia of the setting. The author even gets in a sly dig at the works of the dramatist "Gordon Daviot." I wonder how many readers knew that Mitchell wrote plays under that pseudonym? No fan of Mrs. Bradley should miss this one.
Gardall
Mrs. Bradley investigates the disappearance of a schoolteacher and meets several memorable young women. Several of these woman become characters in later books, one becomes family and and one will become an essential cohort in many adventures to come.

This is a particularly vivid chapter in Mrs. Bradley's adventures, partially because it is set in a school, a setting with which the author is intimately familiar, and partially because it introduces many characters that continue to recur in other books, most importantly the lovely and Amazonian Laura. We will get to know Laura well in future novels and I, introduced to these mysteries in random order was delighted to finally find out how these two remarkable people meet. Mrs. Bradley has been brought into the school as ringer to discover the fate of a missing member of staff her investigations encompass further complications from youthful mischief to the chilling death of a child.

Mrs. Bradley is a unique character in literature. A woman so effective that it is literately not mentioned how absolutely ahead of her time she is. Possessing many advanced degrees and a level of self confidence so ahead of her time I can think of no female character in another book that rivals her level of self possession. Yet in the early novels she stars in she is often chillingly ruthless. This novel seems to exist somewhere in a transition between her being somewhat unnerving and appearing later in life as a comforting family member to the many beloved nieces, nephews and god children she acquires as she ages. In all the many customer reviews that are following the release into e book form of the Bradley cannon I have seen none that address Mrs. Bradley's startling ruthless early attitudes towards life and death. In this volume these attitudes are not as overtly noticeable.

While these mysteries fit in the time frame of golden age mysteries they are in some ways unique. Agatha Christie was a writer of clear cut morality. Dorothy Sayers a writer who enfolds a great deal of philosophical and intellectual thought into into her seemingly whimsical musing. But Mitchell who I applaud the for the empowerment of the woman she embodies is sometimes startling in her attitude towards life and death. Start with her first book and decide for yourself.
Moonworm
Extremely readable and enjoyable if you're accustomed to reading Brit Lit written in the first half of the twentieth century. This stor has some strange characters. Mrs. Bradley, a psychologist and detective, is startling, vivid, eccentric and admirably strong. The story takes place at a girls' school, so the main characters are all female. The students have independence of mind, mischief in their bones, and great courage and humor. In fact they remind me of boys, not girls. Maybe because this was written when women's lib was an idea more in potential than in reality, the chief tool in the author's mental toolkit for creating strong female characters was to make them masculine.

I was startled by the solution to the whodunit because I did not notice any foreshadowing, nor did I understand the motivation of the murderer.
Thetalas
This wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm an avid reader of detective novels but Mrs Bradley didn't keep me interested. The characters were a little flat. I like to be able to at least try to discover who did it for myself but there were no real clues along the way. I imagine this author might be fine for some. At best, it is ok if you've nothing else to read but I doubt I'll be following the exploits of Mrs Bradley as I prefer a more dynamic style.
Lamranilv
Even though I read many British novelists, this writer wore me out--it took forever to get to the point.However, some appreciate this approach. This is a report of my reaction, not a recommendation for others.
watchman
Well written and a great story line, I just had trouble following it due to it being "British" and using a vocabulary I am unfamiliar with.
Buzatus
Hard to follow the story. Story jumps back and forth between time and characters. Vocabulary mixture of different languages and bad English. Not a series for me
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