Gladys Mitchell's first crime novel featuring Mrs. Bradley was published in 1929, when Gladys Mitchell was 28. Gladys went on to be published until 1983 when she died. She wrote 65 Mrs. Bradley novels, many of which have been televised, a number of children’s books and several books under the pseudonyms Malcolm Torrie and Stephen Hookaby.
Gladys Mitchell (1901--83) was the most imaginative and most original of detective story writers, her detective the memorable Mrs. Bradley, psycho-analyst and witch. Among her many merits may be listed her writing style and characterisation, making her by far the most zestful and most enjoyable detective novelist; her interest in archaeology, witchcraft, folklore, and the macabre, adding a unique flavour to her books; her gift for dialogue and dialect; her control of landscape and setting; and the controlled complexity and ingenuity of her plots.
‘The Great Gladys… Miss Mitchell has always stood splendidly apart from her crime-club confreres in total originality’
Philip Larkin in the Observer
‘Miss Mitchell is certainly the most perfect and pellucid prose-writer in crime fiction’ Edmund Crispin in the Sunday Times
‘Completely individual, instantly recognizable and highly enjoyable’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Let all- right-minded lovers of the detective story salute Gladys Mitchell. Her prentice work was done when Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers were at the height of their fame, and she has never strayed from the standards of good writing, careful plotting and educated wit which were more useful then than now’ The Tablet