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The Longer Bodies (1930)

by Gladys Mitchell

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An eccentric aunt decides to gather her family to take part in a athletic competition in the grounds of her house. Events will include 'putting the shot',long and high jumps and throwing the javelin. The winner will receive a large amount of the aunt's money.
Very soon things begin to go awry,including the discovery of two bodies. The police,headed by Inspector Bloxham are soon on the scene and interviewing members of the family and various servants and others. Things are getting more and more obscure instead of clearer,when Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley arrives to cut through the fog and eventually all is made clear.
This is the third in the Mrs Bradley mysteries and it has to be said,it shows. She doesn't appear until page 102 and to say the plot is complicated is putting it mildly.On the other hand many of the characters are among her best, in particular Great-aunt Puddequet,who sets the whole thing in motion. ( )
  devenish | Dec 30, 2010 |
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GREAT-AUNT PUDDEQUET was reputed to be enormously wealthy. It was also a tradition in the family that she was extraordinarily mean.
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With informative but accessible text, the sport is brought to life. This work offers an in-depth look at the sport, from its history and beginnings to the modern game, how it's played, who plays it and the rules that govern it. Packed with facts, stats and full-colour photographs, this is the essential guide.… (more)

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