Death at the Opera: (Death in the Wet)

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Mrs. Beatrice Lestrange Bradley is asked by the headmaster of a progressive private school to pose as a faculty member in order to determine if the death of an instructor was murder or suicide. First published in 1934 (it was titled Death in the Wet in the U.S.), Death at the Opera was filmed for Mystery with Diana Rigg as Mrs. Bradley. Readers need not worry, however, since the book and the television program bear little resemblance to each other, other than title, the name of one victim, a scene from The Mikado and, of course, the presence of Mrs. Bradley.

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Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell - or 'The Great Gladys' as Philip Larkin called her - was born in 1901, in Cowley in Oxfordshire. She graduated in history from University College London and in 1921 began her long career as a teacher. Her hobbies included architecture and writing poetry. She studied the works of Sigmund Freud and her interest in witchcraft was encouraged by her friend, the detective novelist Helen Simpson. Her first novel, Speedy Death, was published in 1929 and introduced readers to Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, the detective heroine of a further sixty six crime novels. She wrote at least one novel a year throughout her career and was an early member of the Detection Club, alongside Agatha Christie, G.K Chesterton and Dorothy Sayers.In 1961 she retired from teaching and, from her home in Dorset, continued to write, receiving the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 1976. Gladys Mitchell died in 1983.

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"Crime writing's best-kept secret" Scotsman "The Great Gladys" Philip Larkin "Among the most revered names in British mystery fiction" Washington Post "I hope that Vintage keep on bringing them out - she's just such an interesting writer" Desperate Reader "Gladys Mitchell could so easily have been another Agatha Christie. Her output was formidable, her plots skilfully constructed and her characters convincing" -- Barry Turner Daily Mail

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