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See also the pseudonym Malcolm Torrie

Laurels Are Posion - SIGNED - Gladys Mitchell
1942 UK 1st edition in 2nd impression jacket published in London by Michael Joseph
Signed on the front endpaper "Yours affectionately, Gladys Mitchell. 1944"
A VG book in 8/6 second impression dust jacket
The book is tight and solid, usual wartime economy tan
No other owner names or stamps etc
The dustwrapper appears as the first but for "second impression" on the inside flap
Chipping to edges, loss to spine ends and shelf wear to creases

A very scarce book unsigned let alone signed . . .
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My Father Sleeps by Gladys Mitchell
1944 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Michael Joseph in London
A VG (light wartime tanning) book with unclipped dust jacket
The book is still tight, light tan, clean cloth, no names etc
The jacket is unclipped at 8/6 as called for
Chip to front panel and spine ends, closed tears, repair to rear with archival quality document repair tape
Still looks decent in it's film cover

I don't think I've ever even had this title before in any edition let alone a first in jacket
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The Worsted Viper written by Gladys Mitchell
1943 UK 1st edition, 1st impression published in London by Michael Joseph
A VG++ book in VG++ 8/6 1st issue dust jacket
The book is tight and solid, clean cloth
No owner names or stamps etc
The dustwrapper has no loss, light age tan
Overall, given it's a 'Wartime Economy' printing a really nice copy

A very scarce title indeed, 1943 being a notoriously difficult year for collectors
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Groaning Spinney by Gladys Mitchell
1950 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Michael Joseph in London
A VG+ book with unclipped dust jacket
A solid book, no names or stamps, tight binding, light age tan
The jacket is unclipped at 9/6 as called for
Chip to spine top, rest nice and tidy
A decent solid copy with geat artwork by Nichols

I've never even handled this title before, in any format, very rare indeed
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The Echoing Strangers written by Gladys Mitchell
1952 UK 1st edition, 1st impression published in London by Michael Joseph
A VG+ book in VG+ 10/6 1st issue dust jacket
A nice tidy, solid and tight book
No owner names or stamps etc
The dustwrapper has shallow loss to spine top and creases, light edge wear
A nice solid copy

Offered well below retail value
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The Saltmarsh Murders by Gladys Mitchell
1932 UK hardcover first edition, first impression published by Victor Gollancz in London
A VG+ book sadly without dust jacket
A very solid book, clean cloth, tight binding, neat name to endpaper
1st issue cloth and titles
A nice solid copy

A very scarce book, rarer the Speedy Death in my experience
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Uncoffin'd Clay - Ultimate Signed Copy! - Gladys Mitchell
1980 UK first edition, first impression published in London by Michael Joseph
A signed presentation copy from the author to the people that Uncoffin'd Clay is actually dedicated to!
Signed first "Gladys Mitchell" on the title page and then signed again "From Glad" next to the names Charles and Patricia on the dedictaion page
A near fine book in VG++/near fine dust jacket
The book is clean and tight etc, no stamps or names other than written by the author
The wrapper is clean, no loss or tears, unclipped, just light fade to spine area, not obvious when shelved

Must be the ultimate signed copy of what is already rare signed . . .
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The Mudflats of the Dead - Double Signed Very Special Copy - Gladys Mitchell
1979 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Michael Joseph London
Double signed and dedicated to good friend Charles & Patricia who she actually dedicated her next book Uncoffin'd Clay to
Signed on the front endpaper "Charles and Patricia with love from Glad" and signed a second tie on the title page "Gladys Mitchell"
A near fine book in VG++ to near fine dust jacket
No other names or inscriptions or stamps etc, clean contents and cloth
The wrapper has no loss, unclipped, clean and tidy, light fade to edge
A nice copy

A special book and a very close association copy
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Lovers Make Moan - Gladys Mitchell
1981 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Michael Joseph in London
A near fine book sadly without dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
The book would definately take a jacket so a real chance for somebody who has an ex library copy
A nice copy of a scarce book
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Faintley Speaking - Gladys Mitchell
2001 UK hardback Chivers Black Dagger edition, London
A fine book in fine unclipped wrapper
No names inscriptions solid and tight.
The wrapper is clean and tidy, very attractive artwork
Uncommon and a lovely clean and attractive book featuring Dame Beatrice Lestarnge Bradley
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The Twenty Third Man - Gladys Mitchell
1985 UK hardback later edition published by Michael Joseph in London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust cover
Clean tight book, jacket has no loss or tears
A great Dame Beatrice mystery and an uncommon title
A lovely clean copy - really nice
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A Hearse on May Day
1973 UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
The jacket has great artwork and is in lovely condition
A scarce title and a lovely copy of a Dame Beatrice mystery
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Laurels Are Poison - Gladys Mitchell
1973 UK hardback later edition, Tom Stacey, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust Jacket
Book has no names or stamps, tight square and clean
The wrapper has no loss or tears - still bright
A nice clean copy and uncommon in hardcover
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Dead Men's Morris
1986 UK hardback later edition, Michael Joseph Classic Collection, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust wrapper
No names inscriptions, clean and bright
The jacket has no damage
A lovely copy in a great format and a rare title
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Uncoffin'd Clay - Gladys Mitchell
1980 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Joseph, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dust Jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
A superb copy of a Dame Beatrice mystery
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Mingled with Venom
1978 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Joseph, London
A fine book in near fine unclipped dust wrapper, no loss or tears, just some tanning to edges and spine
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
A nice copy of a Dame Beatrice mystery and scarce
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The Rising of the Moon - Gladys Mitchell
1945 British hardback first edition, first impression, Michael Joseph, London
A good book in good unclipped dustwrapper
The book has a little staining to top of boards
The jacket has some staing to rear and shallow loss to top edge of rear panel
Not as bad as it may sound and a scarce title priced well below retail value
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The Death-Cap Dancers
1982 UK hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, London
A fine book in fine dust jacket
No names or inscriptions The wrapper has no loss or tears
A female member of a folk dancing club is killed after leaving a hostel on the Yorkshire Moors. Although she had argued with a member of the group the authorities presumed a hit an run. That was until another member was found dead!
A lovely clean and attractive copy
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Winking at the Brim
1975 British hardback first Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG++ book in VG++ unclipped dustwrapper
The book has clean contents and cloth, no names etc, tight and square
The jacket has no loss or tears
A nice clean and attractive hardcover copy
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The Mudflats of the Dead - Gladys Mitchell
1980 UK hardcover Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG book in VG dust jacket
No names or inscriptions, bump to top corner
The wrapper has no loss or tears
A Dame Beatrice mystey
A clean attractive copy and a scarce title
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The Echoing Strangers - Gladys Mitchell
1952 British hardback first edition, first impression, Michael Joseph, London
A VG book sadly without dustwrapper
The book has tan to edges and endpapers, no names etc, tight and square
A solid clean copy
Extremely rare title that would cost a great deal of money in jacket
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The Dancing Druids - Gladys Mitchell
1948 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Michael Joseph London
Complete with original wrap around band !
A near fine book in VG+ dust jacket
No names or inscriptions or stamps etc
The wrapper has no loss, some light tanning and edge wear
Very rare with the original band, the only one we've seen, or indeed heard of
A clean attractive copy
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The Crozier Pharaohs
1985 UK hardback edition, SECOND impression, Joseph, London
A fine book in fine unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
As the first bar the date and printing statement
A superb copy of a Dame Beatrice mystery and uncommon
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Uncoffin'd Clay - Gladys Mitchell
1981 UK hardback First Thriller Book Club edition, London
A VG++ book in VG+ unclipped wrapper
No names inscriptions solid and tight.
The wrapper is clean and tidy, just very minor shelf wear
A lovely clean and attractive book featuringDame Beatrice Lestarnge Bradley
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The Devil's Elbow - SIGNED
1951 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Joseph, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust wrapper
Signed and dated 1957 on the endpaper by the author
No other names inscriptions, small neat perious owner bookplate to pastedown
A nice copy and very rare signed
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Noonday and Night
1995 UK hardback later edition, Severn House, London
A fine book in fine unclipped (£15.99) dust Jacket
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
The wrapper has no loss or tears and lovely artworkk
A superb and very attractive copy of Beatrice Bradley mystery who is called to investigate the disappearance to two motor coach drivers
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The Murder of Busy Lizzie - Gladys Mitchell
1973 UK hardback first book club edition, Thriller Book Club, London
A near fine book in near fine unclipped dustwrapper
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
The jacket has loss or tears - very clean
A lovely copy of a notoriously difficult title to find
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Adders on the Heath - Gladys Mitchell
1963 UK hardcover first edition, first impression, Michael Joseph London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
No names or inscriptions or stamps etc, some tanning to edges and a couple of foxing marks to a couple or so pages
The wrapper has some wear to tips and spine crease, tan to rear panel and slives missing to rear panel foredge
Looks better in the film wrapper than it may sound
A reasonable copy of a rare book and priced very much to reflect
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Bargain Paperbacks - Softcovers - Reading Copies

Faintley Speaking - Gladys Mitchell
1956 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A decent copy, slight lean and tan to spine
Page tan as ever

A scarce title and a decent reading copy
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The Mystery of the Butcher's Shop
1950 English Penguin 1st paperback edition, London
A solid copy, still tightly bound
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Bit of tanning and light scattered spotting
A period copy and a classic Beatrice Bradley mystery
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Spotted Hemlock - Gladys Mitchell
1960 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A good only reading copy
Some page tanning and ageing to wrappers

Still solid but more suited to a reader than collector
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Laurels are Poison by Gladys Mitchell
1961 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A solid copy, tight and square
No names etc just usuual tan

Laurels Are Poison is also notable for the number of physical dangers put in Mrs. Bradley's path, one of the authors favourite books

A nice copy
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Tom Brown's Body - Gladys Mitchell
1953 British penguin paperback first edition, London
A VG indeed book
The book is tight and square, clean covers, light page tan - better than usual
A nice copy and an uncommon title
Extremely rare title that would cost a great deal of money in jacket
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Twelve Horses and the Hangman's Noose
1961 English Penguin paperback first edition, London
A VG indeed book
No names inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square, some minor tanning

An uncommon title
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The Twenty Third Man - Gladys Mitchell
1961 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A solid VG book, no names etc
Usual page tanning and minor wear to wrappers
A great Dame Beatrice mystery and an uncommon title
A solid copy
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Speedy Death
1946 UK Penguin paperback edition, London
A slightly worn copy, some rubbing and page tanning
No names inscriptions solid and tight. A readers copy
The authors rare first book, very uncommon in any edition
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Brief Biography
MITCHELL, Gladys Maude Winifred. Also wrote as Stephen Hockaby; Malcolm Torrie. British. Born in Cowley, Oxfordshire, 19 April 1901. Educated at the Green School, Isle-worth, Middlesex; Goldsmiths' College, University of London, 1919-21; University College, London, external diploma in history 1926. Taught English and history at St. Paul's School, Brentford. Middlesex, 1921-25, St. Ann's Senior Girls' School, Haling, London, 1925-39, Senior Girls'School, Brentford, 1941-50, and Matthew Arnold School. Staines, Middlesex, 1953-61. Recipient: Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger, 1976. Died 27 July 1983.

Gladys Mitchell - The Characters
Mrs Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley
Dame Beatrice Bradley is in charge of a psychiatric clinic and is the psychiatric consultant to the British Home Office. She likes traveling, walking (generally at a brisk pace), and also is a devoted scholar of the Sherlock Holmes Canon, which involves her in a murder. She also engages in scholarly research in her family history, particularly one ancestor; Mary Toadfax, a reputed seventeenth-century witch. Intelligence and perception are Mrs. Bradley's strong points; her looks fall a bit short. She is quite masculine and dresses in a decidedly old-fashioned manner (she uses a motor-veil when driving}. Her hand has been described as claw-like. She has black hair and "black eyes as bright as a bird's."

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