Nearing 70, matriarch Romula Leydon finds much at fault with her varied and colorfully named family An illegitimacy here, a touring stage actor there, and the lady finds herself disapproving of her flesh and blood kin often than not Romula has made a steady habit of bankrolling people in whom she sees potential efficient secretary Fiona Bute was the first outsider to benefit from her employer s whims Then came kitchenmaid Ruby Pabbay, an opinionated young lass who enjoys singing while doing the washing up Mrs Leydon thought the girl s voice had merit, and Ruby has been treated to singing lessons and trips to London ever since Now milady s restless eye has fallen on her adopted grandson Gamaliel, a handsome black teen with aspirations to become a world class boxer Such attention given to this comparative outsider does not sit well with several of the family members who are still living in the shadow of the rich relative s scorn Gamaliel also arrests the attention of Dame Beatrice Bradley, who is staying at a nearby hotel It is from the future boxer that the Home Office consultant learns of an outbreak of shoving one targeting Romula Leydon, a second directed at her daughter Diana that, if successful, would have dispatched its recipients over a cliff This is soon eclipsed by a fateful Sunday luncheon wherein a pot of horseradish sauce mixed with the root of wolfsbane or monkshood makes its way to the table The only casualty is Romula Leydon, most likely by design it was known that only the matriarch ever used the sauce, and that a pot was made fresh each week by her faithful cook, Mrs Plack A recently dismissed kitchenmaid is arrested, charged with substituting the lethal sauce as a means of revenge But no one Dame Beatrice and the not quite grieving family included can believe the simple girl capable of such an act So Dame B sets out to clear a kitchenmaid s name and, in so doing, shake the murderer from the family tree. New Read [ Mingled with Venom ] author [ Gladys Mitchell ] – tbjewellers.co.uk
Aka Malcolm Torrie, Stephen Hockaby.Born in Cowley, Oxford, in 1901, Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell was the daughter of market gardener James Mitchell, and his wife, Annie She was educated at Rothschild School, Brentford and Green School, Isleworth, before attending Goldsmiths College and University College, London from 1919 1921 She taught English, history and games at St Paul s School, Brentford, from 1921 26, and at St Anne s Senior Girls School, Ealing until 1939 She earned an external diploma in European history from University College in 1926, beginning to write her novels at this point Mitchell went on to teach at a number of other schools, including the Brentford Senior Girls School 1941 50 , and the Matthew Arnold School, Staines 1953 61 She retired to Corfe Mullen, Dorset in 1961, where she lived until her death in 1983.Although primarily remembered for her mystery novels, and for her detective creation, Mrs Bradley, who featured in 66 of her novels, Mitchell also published ten children s books under her own name, historical fiction under the pseudonym Stephen Hockaby, anddetective fiction under the pseudonym Malcolm Torrie She also wrote a great many short stories, all of which were first published in the Evening Standard.She was awarded the Crime Writers Association Silver Dagger Award in 1976.
- Mingled with Venom
- Gladys Mitchell
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