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by Gladys Mitchell

  • ISBN: 0754085961
  • Author: Gladys Mitchell
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  • Rating: 4.7 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Black Dagger Crime (July 1, 2001)
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  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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Faintley Speaking weaves a slightly less preposterous yarn while carrying clearer explanations than those found in Adders .

Faintley Speaking weaves a slightly less preposterous yarn while carrying clearer explanations than those found in Adders, making it the marginally better of the two books. Also, like Adders, a form of smugglers' code is deployed that is so strange and impracticably narrow that it hardly seems worth the effort. All told, Faintley Speaking is a competent, straightforward entry in the Mrs. Bradley series, but with an author who has produced a number of classically unique tales, mere readability is not overly worthy of praise.

Faintley Speaking book. Faintley Author Gladys Mitchell was herself a schoolteacher of history, English, and games for nearly 40 years

Faintley Speaking book. Faintley Author Gladys Mitchell was herself a schoolteacher of history, English, and games for nearly 40 years. That explains why so many of her novels are set in schools or involve schoolteachers; thus far, I've read just a dozen of Mitchell's book and already amongst them Laurels are Poison, Death at the Opera, Tom Brown's Body, and St. Peter's Finger were set at schools, while now Faintley Speaking involves a dead natural-science teacher and unfolds.

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It seemed at first unlikely that she, a prim, quiet schoolmistress, could have anthing to do with crime.

It seemed at first unlikely that she, a prim, quiet schoolmistress, could have anthing to do with crime. Yet Mrs Bradley’s investigations led to some exciting development. irst published 1954 by Michael Joseph. Printed and bound in Great Britain by Bookcraft, Midsomer Norton, Somerset.

Listen to books in audio format. Faintley Speaking (Mrs. Bradley). 624. Published: 2013. Pageant of Murder (Mrs. 610. Published: 2014.

Christianna Brand (1907-1988) is now best remembered for her children's books, "Nurse Matilda". However, she was a very well known crime writer and it is a wonderful thing to see some of her books being re-released on kindle. Brand's best known series was Inspector Cockrill, who made his debut a year after "Death in High Heels", which was her first novel written in 1941. With Cockrill she wrote seven books, including the second in the series, regarded by many as her masterpiece, "Green for Danger".

Series: Black Dagger Crime Series. Hardcover: 200 pages. Publisher: Prescott Pr (September 1, 1988). ISBN-13: 978-0862207304. Package Dimensions: . x . inches.

by. Mitchell, Gladys, 1901-. Bradley, Beatrice Lestrange (Fictitious character), Women detectives. New York : St. Martin's Press.

Who did what and how is it possible? Find the answer we must call upon Inspector Cockrell with his unique look at the crime scene. Cockie is a local inspector that is familiar with most of the suspects

Who did what and how is it possible? Find the answer we must call upon Inspector Cockrell with his unique look at the crime scene. Cockie is a local inspector that is familiar with most of the suspects. As each theory plays out we also get to go along and make guesses as to if the theory is correct or not.

Not long after the telephone call, Miss Faintley was murdered. It seemed at first unlikely that she, a prim, quiet schoolmistress, could have anything to do with crime. Yet Mrs Bradley's investigations led to some exciting discoveries.
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Prince Persie
This is one of my favorite of the Mrs. Bradley books, although I'll be the first to admit that the plot is as thin and preposterous as anything Mitchell every concocted. I just reread it and enjoyed it (again) for the endearing character of well-born, but impecunious writer Geoffry Mandsell and his kindly landlady Mrs. Deaks. Their dealings and dialogue remind us that even the rigid class system of old England allowed for plenty of friendly elbow-rubbing.

It also revolves around a large "mixed" (i.e. coeducational) school and the workings of its staff and students. As Mitchell's fans know, she was a long-time, dedicated school teacher and never really left the profession, even when her writing made her financially independent. She loved teaching and kids and showing the intricacies and eccentricities of her colleagues' personalities and relationships.

I also like this one because it features Mrs. Bradley's lively young secretary Laura Menzies. Laura is an athletic, attractive Amazon who treats her betrothed (a handsome Scotland Yard detective) and all of her other male admirers with breezy friendliness. Mitchell was a life-long and apparently contented spinster. She married her characters off, but she left the romantic stuff to other writers.

The crimes themselves are far-fetched, but the characters are some of Mitchell's best and there's plenty of action. If you enjoy Mitchell's books for their off-beat charm, you'll like this one.
Nahn
And this one was smart enough to hire as her assistant a strong, vital young woman, of strong intellect and unbounded curiosity. What a marvelous cover for a pair aiding the police in the investigation of a seemingly reclusive spinster schoolmarm!
Clever story, appropriate for the entire reading family. And filled with twists and turns enough to keep the reader thoroughly befuddled & looking forward to the next turn in this adventurous road.
A lighter (and female) version of Sherlock and Watson.
Xirmiu
Author Gladys Mitchell was herself a schoolteacher of history, English, and games for nearly 40 years. That explains why so many of her novels are set in schools or involve schoolteachers; thus far, I've read just a dozen of Mitchell's book and already amongst them Laurels Are Poison,Death at the Opera,Tom Brown's Body, and St. Peter's Finger were set at schools, while now "Faintley Speaking" involves a dead natural-science teacher and unfolds at a co-ed school for quite a few chapters.

"Faintley Speaking" begins with a strange parcel delivery and with 13-year-old Mark Street unhappily on holiday at a backwater and dull seaside resort. His family has unfortunately encountered a loathsome teacher from his school vacationing at the very same hotel. Miss Faintley insists on taking the boy on a tour of the Cathedral at nearby Torbury. Mark gleefully plots to ditch her at the first opportunity, but the joke's on HIM: she ditches him as soon as they get off the bus! A few days later, Beatrice Lestrange Bradley's intrepid Amazonian assistant, Laura Menzies, accompanied by Mark Street, stumble onto Lilian Faintley's body.

How and why was prim, humorless schoolteacher Lilian Faintley involved in retrieving parcels and then forwarding them to an unsavory shopkeeper named Tomson? Why was she killed? What do the ferns in the packages mean? Who are Miss Faintley's confederates? In addition to sleuthing about the seaside village and the city of Torbury, Mrs. Bradley installs Laura to be the replacement teacher for the deceased Miss Faintley. Laura's school adventure proves hilarious. A favorite and sample quote: One female teacher acerbically notes to Laura, "Although we only get four-fifths of the men's money and work three times as hard as most of them, we're looked upon as bloated plutocrats." And Laura's dealing with the officious and awful Mr. Tomalin will have you cheering!

The mystery's resolution comes as quite a surprise. Mrs. Bradley divulges the murderer at the beginning of Chapter 12, 79 percent into the novel (there are no page numbers in the Kindle Edition, which I read), but the reader won't discover what were in the mysterious parcels until the very last chapter. The identity of the murderer quite astounded me, and I didn't really know what was in the parcels.

"Faintley Speaking" doesn't fall in the first tier of Mrs. Bradley mysteries, like Death at the Opera,When Last I Died,Tom Brown's Body,The Dancing Druids, and, of course, The Saltmarsh Murders, Mitchell's tour de force. However, Mitchell builds plenty of suspense and strews enough humor throughout to keep you reading eagerly to the last page. A second-tier Mrs. Bradley novel still beats out 90 percent of mysteries that are out there; you won't be faintly sorry that you read "Faintley Speaking."
Marilace
The three star review is based on Gladys Mitchell's ability to create characters that have distinctive, interesting personalities. She also adds humor to the plots and Mrs. Bradley is a unique and likeable detective with a batch of personable relatives that tend to show up frequently in her investigations. Her plots are all over the place, with little regard to credibility or explanation of coincidences or lucky happenstance. Reading one of her novels often feels a bit like exploring with Alice in wonderland. They also often bog down with irrelevant details about travel and place names. Since I read for character as much as, if not more than I read for plot, I will continue to download her books on my Kindle unlimited, but I only finish about half of them before returning. I would recommend trying them if you enjoy old British mysteries..
anonymous
This mystery by the incomparable Gladys Mitchell lived up to my expectations--eccentric characters fully fleshed out, including the shady shopkeeper and the prim schoolmistress; the intriguing plot, with some exciting surprises, and the exquisite sense of setting. If you haven't tried the Gladys Mitchell mysteries, you are in for a treat. Start with The Rising of the Moon (my favorite), but definitely put Faintley Speaking on your list.

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