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Publication Order of Mrs. Bradley Books

A Speedy Death (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Longer Bodies (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Saltmarsh Murders (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death at the Opera / Death in the Wet (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil at Saxon Wall (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Men's Morris / Death Comes at Christmas (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Away, Death (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
St Peter's Finger (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Printer's Error (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brazen Tongue (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hangman's Curfew (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Last I Died (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Laurels Are Poison (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worsted Viper (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunset Over Soho (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Father Sleeps (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rising of the Moon (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Comes a Chopper (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death and the Maiden (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dancing Druids (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tom Brown's Body (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Groaning Spinney / Murder in the Snow (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Elbow (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Echoing Strangers (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Merlin's Furlong (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faintley Speaking (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Watson's Choice (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twelve Horses and the Hangman's Noose (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twenty-Third Man (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spotted Hemlock (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Grew Tomatoes (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Say It with Flowers (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nodding Canaries (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Bones Will Keep (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adders on the Heath (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Delft Blue (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pageant of Murder (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Croaking Raven (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skeleton Island (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Three Quick and Five Dead (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dance to Your Daddy (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gory Dew (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lament for Leto (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hearse on May-Day (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Murder of Busy Lizzie (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Javelin for Jonah (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winking at the Brim (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Convent on Styx (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Late, Late in the Evening (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noonday and Night (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fault in the Structure (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wraiths and Changelings (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mingled with Venom (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nest of Vipers (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mudflats of the Dead (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uncoffin'd Clay (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whispering Knights (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death Cap Dancers (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovers, Make Moan (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here Lies Gloria Mundy (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Burrowing Mole (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Greenstone Griffins (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold, Lone, and Still (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Winding-Sheet (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crozier Pharaohs (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Mrs. Bradley Series is a book series written by the famous Gladys Mitchell. This series is comprised of 66 books which were released between 1929 and 1984. It is based on the story of a female detective, Mrs. Bradley. She is a strong woman capable of making strong men quail in a fight. As a detective, she is very effective in turning the game into her favor. She has remarkable mental capabilities. She addresses males, from schoolboys to Constables like children. She affords to live a charmed life despite the large number of dark passages she walks through while investigating. She manages to escape unhurt after turning tables on those who think can out do her. Author Gladys Mitchel has managed to model this character in a way that enabled her to prevail in 66 books.

A Speedy Death was the pioneer book, published in 1929. It introduces Mrs. Beatrice Bradley as an ugly, elderly and a sharp woman with a very wicked tongue. The 1929 Genteel country house guests wake up to find one of the guests dead. They are all shocked after they found the famous Mountjoy dead in a bathtub. The main suspects include his quiet but extremely competent fiancé, Eleanor. His forceful Garde who is engaged to Dorothy and a curious naturalist Carstairs are also suspects in the case. Mrs. Bradley is called upon to investigate and bring the responsible parties into justice. This is her fast mystery and a first confrontation with Alastair Bing, the owner of the house.

The Mystery of a Butcher`s Shop is the 2nd book in the series. Duty calls for Mrs. Bradley, one morning after Rupert Seithleigh`s body is found without a head, laid out in the village butcher shop. It is very disturbing that the residents of Wandles Parva aren’t particularly upset. Apparently, the victim was blackmailing a money lender. Mrs. Bradley finds a lot of suspects in the case which proves to be challenging. It is established that villagers were asking questions about Wonder Woods, a mysterious druidic stone found with Sethleigh`s blood. Mrs. Bradley is tasked with eliminating all the possibilities in order to catch the killer.

Mrs. Beatrice Bradley is featured in a film called The Mrs. Bradley Series. This film has five episodes based on different books in the series. It was directed by James Hawes and Martin Hutchings. The starring features Diana Rigg and Neil Dudgeon. The film was released in 31st August, 1998. The pilot episode was based on the first book Speedy Death. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th episodes were based on Death at the Opera, The Rising Moon, Laurels are Poison and The Worsted Viper accordingly.

Death at the Opera is the 5th book in the series, published in 1934. It is a new day for The Mikado group who are chosen by Hillmaston School to perform. Their meek and self-effacing arithmetic mistress is offered a key role. This is after her generous offer to finance the production. Unfortunately, she disappears mid-way through the opening night performance and is later found dead. Mrs. Bradley is called upon to investigate. She discovers that the victim had a lot of enemies, all which were determined to kill her. This story has a great premise and portrays Mrs. Bradley as an eccentric sleuth more perfectly.

The Worsted Viper is the 15th book in the series, published in 1943. Being a famous detective, Mrs. Bradley receives a lot of fan mail. But the letter she opens today is not sent by a well-wisher. The contents of the letter evoke her past memories of criminal investigation. She was once involved in convicting a particular murderer and Satanist. The letter also talks about ritualistic murders occurring in the surroundings of Norfolk Broads. She has no choice but to track down the killer. She is accompanied by her nephew Jonathan who go the myriad waterways where they meet a sect who are planning to destroy an ancient monument. Mrs. Bradley finds herself as the object for revenge.

The Rising moon is the 18th book in the series, published in 1945. Apparently, at every full moon a ripper runs wild on the streets of Brentford. Keith Innes and Masters Simon set out to catch the killer. They are given a disturbing guidance by the delightfully sleuth, Mrs. Beatrice Bradley. In this tale she portrays her eccentric ways which account for the popularity of the whole series. This novel starts out slowly but takes readers to the edge of their seat at the end. Young detectives get to experience working with one of the most accomplished detective on a very sensitive case.

Groaning Spinney is also one of the highly rated books in the series. It is the 23rd book in the series published in 1950. Mrs. Bradley is walking in a moonless night looking fine but the weather is cold. With the darkness there is no exactly path to follow. She can just make up the trees of Groaning Spinney. She expects to come across some gate by crossing the steep uphill slating form north to west. She suddenly changed her pace after learning that there was somebody ahead of her. After making it to the top, she was forced to stand still after seeing a dead white face hanging over the gate. The face was lightened as though by phosphorescence. Her Christmas ends up being ruined. She is absorbed into a mystery which leads her to some unpleasant people. This is great mystery which is tightly plotted with lots of captivating events.

My Bones Will Keep novel is also very captivating. This is the 35th book in the series, published in 1962. Laura is accompanying Dame Beatrice to Scotland for a conference. Their trip goes sour after she witnesses a man thrown into a path of a speeding lorry. She is also caught up by rain which prevents her from exploring the highland scenery. She ends up with a red bearded stranger in an Island of ghosts. The stranger sends her to bed after demanding a company for one week. She manages to flee with a boat but finds another stranger hiding at the boathouse. They finally manage to escape the shore. They later learn that the Laird of Tannasgan was stabbed, chained and placed in the slouch. These two have to help with the investigation.

The Author Gladys Mitchell succeeded in making a character with honed skills of investigation. Mrs. Bradley is skilled in finding the truth behind mysterious like deaths at the Opera, crimes of passion at the circus, poisoning and family secrets. This book series earned Gladys Mitchell the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Award. This was an acknowledgement for her witty and incisive detective stories.

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