The Saltmarsh Murders, Paperback Book
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A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERYRediscover Gladys Mitchell - one of the 'Big Three' female crime fiction writers alongside Agatha Christie and Dorothy L.

Sayers. Noel Wells, curate in the sleepy village of Saltmarsh, likes to spend his time dancing in the study with the vicar's niece, until one day the vicar's unpleasant wife discovers her unmarried housemaid is pregnant and trouble begins.

It is left to Noel to call for the help of sometime-detective and full-time psychoanalyst Mrs Bradley, who sets out on an unnervingly unorthodox investigation into the mysterious pregnancy, an investigation that also takes in a smuggler, the village lunatic, a missing corpse, a public pillory, an exhumation and, of course, a murderer.

Mrs. Bradley is easily one of the most memorable personalities in crime fiction and in this classic whodunit she proves that some English villages can be murderously peaceful. Opinionated, unconventional, unafraid... If you like Poirot and Miss Marple, you'll love Mrs Bradley.


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Enjoyed this a lot more than the first Mrs Bradley mystery that I read. Found it a lot easier to follow and got through it a lot quicker too.Didn't really like the way it was resolved, not knowing what happened to the baby and the person responsible for the murder dead.Was able to guess at what happened because I was able to follow it better. Suspected the baby was mixed-race but that turned out to be a red-herring.Will read the next one at some point.

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