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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099563273
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99
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The Twenty-Third Man




When a cave containing the bodies of 23 mummified kings acquires another corpse overnight, Mrs Bradley must track down the killer

Renowned criminologist, psychoanalyst and sardonic widow Mrs Bradley is enjoying a relaxing holiday on the beautiful island of Hombres Muertos. Then a cave high up in the mountains, containing the mummified bodies of twenty three dead kings, acquires an extra corpse overnight and Mrs Bradley is delighted to be called into action.

As her investigations begin it quickly becomes clear that almost everyone on the island has a motive for murder, and a dark secret they are desperate to conceal. But who is the real killer?

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9780099563273
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Gladys Mitchell

Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell – or ‘The Great Gladys’ as Philip Larkin called her – was born in 1901, in Cowley in Oxfordshire. She graduated in history from University College London and in 1921 began her long career as a teacher. Her hobbies included architecture and writing poetry. She studied the works of Sigmund Freud and her interest in witchcraft was encouraged by her friend, the detective novelist Helen Simpson.

Her first novel, Speedy Death, was published in 1929 and introduced readers to Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, the detective heroine of a further sixty six crime novels. She wrote at least one novel a year throughout her career and was an early member of the Detection Club, alongside Agatha Christie, G.K Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers. In 1961 she retired from teaching and, from her home in Dorset, continued to write, receiving the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger in 1976. Gladys Mitchell died in 1983.

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Praise for The Twenty-Third Man

“One can usually rely on Miss Gladys Mitchell for something unexpected and in The Twenty-Third Man she certainly provides”

Guardian

“Bizarre, fascinating and entertaining”

Tatler

“Crime writing's best-kept secret”

Scotsman


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