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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?


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


Bizarre, fascinating and entertaining


Crime writing's best-kept secret


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    December 1, 2011


    224 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • The Twenty-Third Man
    Gladys Mitchell



    October 6, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    224 pages

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