The Rising of the Moon Author:Gladys Mitchell It was only the moonlight, of course, that made everything seem so unfamiliar and sinister. There was no real need to be frightened of the solitary figure leaning on the bridge, though the thing that shone for a moment in his - or her - hands seemed to be a knife. But somehow the two small boys who watched from the shadows didn't like the looks ... more »of what they saw.
The next day their suspicions were confirmed; a murderer stalked the queer old streets, alleys and towpaths of the Thames-side town where they lived. They resolved, like any right-minded boys, to do some detective work - but were soon horrified by the direction in which the clues seemed to point. Desperately they tried to lay a false trail.
Then the formidable Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley arrived. She understood boys as well as she understood the mind of a murderer, and she was prepared to use the one to catch the other. So, on a summer night beneath a gibbous moon, the two boys set out to keep a horrifying appointment on Dead Man's Bridge...
The Rising of the Moon is certainly Gladys Mitchell's most haunting book. The distinguished detective story writer and critic, Edmund Crispin, goes further. "It is," he says, "one of the dozen best crime novels that I know."« less