UNCOFFIN'D CLAY by Gladys Mitchell


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English-countryside sightseeing is the only genuine attraction of veteran Mitchell's latest outing for Dame B. L. Bradley--which begins when Dame B.'s god-daughter Mary, who lives in the cozy village of Strode Hillary, discovers young Arab prince Hamid badly injured in a mantrap on his father's huge estate. Other mayhem follows: burglaries; the stabbing murder of local sharp operator Skiddy Winters, whose sister Effie is soon arrested; and the murder of Effie herself, once the police let her go. The motives behind it all? Old grudges and blackmail. But the plotting is confused, the characterization feeble, and the pacing nonexistent--so, except as a genial guide to wildflowers, streams, and churches, this is eminently skippable unless Mitchell devotees demand otherwise.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 1982
Publisher: St. Martin's