Gladys Mitchell (1806 words)


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Gladys Mitchell (1901-83) was the most mischievously inventive of the detective novelists who emerged during the so-called Golden Age (approximately 1920-39) of the genre in England. A member of the famous Detection Club, she enjoyed a long career, publishing more than seventy crime novels between 1929 and her two posthumous books of 1984. Sixty-six of these novels feature her most remarkable creation, the series detective Mrs Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley (in post-1955 works honoured as Dame Beatrice), a consultant psychiatrist to the Home Office, noted for her reptilian appearance, her unnerving cackle, and her infallible insight into criminal motives. Mitchell’s works are distinguished principally by their stylishly rendered …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Gladys Mitchell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 September 2020 [, accessed 22 January 2021.]

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