Gladys Mitchell's Mrs Bradley

detection, difference, and The Rising of the Moon (1945)

Lee O'Brien

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A sharp sense of parody leavens the realist modes of Gladys Mitchel (1901-83), producing novels that both abide by and subvert the rules of Golden Age detection. The Rising of the Moon (1945) is her finest novel, one that uses formal "play" to register questions of human desire and agency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalClues: a journal of detection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • detective fiction
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