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    February 07, 2011


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    Yes, I've met Mrs. Bradley--both in print and on the screen with Dame Diana Rigg playing her (and doing a right good job of it too!). In print, I find that Gladys Mitchell is hit-and-miss for me. I either really like the book or I really don't--nothing in between. From your review this sounds like one that I might really like. I'm off to add another to my TBR list....

    Les Blatt

    I have a feeling that Diana Rigg - who is a wonderful actress - could never have looked as reptilian as Mrs. Bradley. I recall her smile being described in one novel as something like a crocodile welcoming a rather plump and wayward child. There's no question that Mrs. Bradley is an acquired taste - but now that I've read several of Mitchell's novel, I do think I'm acquiring it.


    True, I don't think Diana Rigg could look reptilian...but she does get the eccentic behaviour down.

    J F Norris

    Definitely my favorite out of all the Mitchell books I've managed to read all the way through. A few I abandoned midstream (Faintley Speaking, for example) never to return again.

    I tend to like her plots that involve folklore, supernatural legends, ghosts and witchcraft. There are quite a lot of them which got me interested in her in the first place. Merlin's Furlong has one of the many witchcraft plots as you mentioned.

    Those BBC adaptations of the Mitchell books mangled them - rewritten plots, changed the killer in several stories. Irritates me. Just like plopping Miss Marple in a Christie book that never had her in it just to get more mileage out of their TV series. I watched the TV version of Mitchell's The Rising of the Moon (which is my second favorite of her books so far) and liked most of it until the ending was completely changed. Why? I just don't understand that.

    Rigg is a wonderful actress but not at all the Mrs. Bradley that Mitchell created. I would have loved to see the eccentric and wacky British character actress Liz Smith play her...uh maybe back in the 1980s. She's probably far too old now. If she's even still alive.

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