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Tom Brown's Body (1949)

by Gladys Mitchell

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Series: Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (22)

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Another mystery for Mrs Bradley to solve. This one involves the murder of a junior master at a boy's school. Mr Conway was unpopular with both boys and teachers alike, for a variety of reasons. A lot of fun, with some sharp social observation. It was first published in 1949, which has some bearing on one of the minor plot threads. One of the boys is Jewish, and subject to anti-Semitic bullying. He does engage in some stereotypical behaviour, but Mitchell, through her lead character, observes that the behaviour is in response to the bullying and not the other way around. I get the impression from this and other books that Mitchell had a low opinion of racists. ( )
  JulesJones | Oct 5, 2013 |
This was first published in 1949 and is bizarre. It is a crime story set in a public school; it is therefore full of public school jargon and silly things about Houses and Housemasters. Who killed Conway? I'll tell you - it was Mr Pearson. All the stuff about witchcraft is padding. ( )
  jon1lambert | Feb 16, 2013 |
I like many of Mitchell's books but I really couldn't get into this one. ( )
  Jennie_103 | May 10, 2010 |
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George Conway was a junior master at Spey College. The Head considered him a reliable history specialist and a useful games coach, but his fellow masters thought him rude and insufferably presumptuous and the boys called him a mean and treacherous beast. But, as Inspector Gavin said, 'Public schoolboys don't murder the staff'. Mrs Bradley isn't so certain; at least she feels sure they know more than they will say. The erudite Micklethwaite, for example, an expert in judo, refuses to speak of the abominable Conway who accused him of cheating in the exam for the Divinity Prize. Mrs Bradley has to use tact and guile - not to mention a bit of black magic - to make boys and masters tell the whole story.
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George Conway was a master at Spey College. The head considered him a history specialist and a useful games coach, but his fellow masters thought him rude and the boys called him mean. But, as Inspector Gavin said, 'Schoolboys don't murder the staff'. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1949.… (more)

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