Mrs Bradley is visiting the picturesque village of Spey in search of a book of spells believed to belong to her ancestor, the witch Mary Toadflax. During her time in the village, a junior master from the nearby school is found murdered. Gerald Conway was despised by both pupils and peers and there is no shortage of suspects.
Can the redoubtable Mrs Bradley use tact, wit, and just a touch of black magic to make the boys and their masters divulge the truth about his death?
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"Good story line but...."
As with my other reviews, I do enjoy a good whodunit, and Gladys Mitchell’s books really do tick all the boxes. I like her character, Mrs Bradley and her chauffeur, and other subsidiary characters are well-drawn and plausible. Together with good plots, they are always worth a listen.
The only draw-back (and the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5) is the reader, Patience Tomlinson’s characterisation of Mrs Bradley. I found it grated which was a real pity because the rest of her characterisations were very good. I think it grated because Mrs Bradley says a lot!
If you are OK with this slight imperfection, then you will certainly enjoy not only this book, but the rest in the series available here on Audible.
"2hrs in, Mrs Bradley only appeared in one scene "
I stuck with it through a good few chapters of rather generic Boys' School pastiche, eager to get to know our heroine, but lost interest eventually. Maybe it was just about to get going, but when you're a third of the way through and it still hasn't bitten you, and the central character has only made a passing visit to the narrative, it's time to move on.
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