FFB: The Rising of the Moon - In Reference to Murder

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February 20, 2015


Richard R.

I just read WATSON'S CHOICE and enjoyed it, though the ending was just a little pale. I may try another of her Bradley books. Would this be the best choice?

BV Lawson

I'm not sure RISING OF THE MOON would be the best choice, Richard. I haven't read enough of her output to recommend any particular book (I often have to rely upon my local library for my choices from whatever is available), but COME AWAY DEATH is sometimes said to be her best. Other people like THE MYSTERY OF A BUTCHERS SHOP. The Gladys Mitchell website (http://www.gladysmitchell.com/) has a bibliography with plots and reviews of all her novels, which may also help.

Denny Lien

While THE RISING OF THE MOON is my favorite Gladys Mitchell novel, I think as an introductory work I might suggest THE SALTMARSH MURDERS or DEATH AT THE OPERA or WHEN LAST I DIED.

WATSON'S CHOICE was the first GM novel I read, way back around 1970, and I'm afraid I found it disappointing and was put off from her work for many years. I found the early Sherlockian party material so promising that I was unhappy when the book turned to other matters and lost that BSI-ish dimension.

BV Lawson

Thanks for the input and recommendation, Denny! I know Richard will appreciate it. I will also have to see if my local library has more Mitchell titles.

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