A brief synopsis and review of The Twenty Third Man by Gladys Mitchell
There they sat round a table in a cave near the top of a mountain on the island of Hombres Muerios - the twenty-three dead kings, masked, embalmed, and clad in their robes of state.
And Dame Beatrice Bradley. a visitor, saw them and counted them.
When it was reported that one day there were twenty-four corpses and at the same time it appeared that one of the hotel-guests had vanished, the famous psychiatrist-detective went to work.
There was plenty to work on too. The isle of Capri never saw a stranger collection of eccentrics - from the bird-watcher with a reputation for white-slave-trading to the orchid-hunter with no visible means of support.
The local bandies seemed green and innocent by comparison. Almost everyone, moreover, had good reason to kill Karl Emden, and there was justice to be done for crimes committed back in England.
‘One can usually rely on Miss Gladys Mitchell for something unexpected and in The Twenty-Third Man she certainly provides it’ - Guardian
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