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An attempt to summon an ancient Greek goddess goes murderously wrong in this classic crime story from the incomparable Gladys Mitchelll

Sir Rudri Hopkinson, an eccentric amateur archaeologist, is determined to recreate ancient rituals at the temple of Eleusis in Greece in the hope of summoning the goddess Demeter. He gathers together a motley collection of people to assist in the experiment, including a rival scholar, a handsome but cruel photographer and a trio of mischievous children. But when one of the group disappears, and a severed head turns up in a box of snakes, Mrs Bradley is called upon to investigate…


Easily the best woman detective in fiction

News Chronicle

The Great Gladys

Philip Larkin

Gladys Mitchell can always be relied upon for a packed and meaty novel, and an intelligent one at that


Mitchell piles the characters in right at the beginning, giving us a host of middle-class children, teens and middle-aged scholars, full of authentic slang of the period... She is more intellectually demanding than Christie, less aristocratic than Sayers

Lesley McDowell, Herald

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  • Paperback


    December 1, 2011


    320 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook


    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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