the saltmarsh murders Author:gladys mitchell Noel Wells is a young curate in the sleepy village of Saltmarsh. His life mostly passes in helping the Reverend Bedivere Coutts with his sermons, organising the August Bank Holiday fete and dancing with Daphne to the gramophone in the vicarage study. Then one day Mrs Coutts, forever outraged at the villagers' licentious behaviour, discovers th... more »at her unmarried housemaid is pregnant. Trouble begins.
Noel knows just the person to help: Mrs Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley, the screeching, beady-eyed, pterodactyl-like guest at the Manor House. 'So this.' Noel thinks to himself, 'is a psychoanalyst,' as Mras Bradley, playing Holmes to his willing but imbecile Watson, pinches his cheek with her claws and sets out on her unnervingly unorthodox investigation. Bringing to bear all her wits - and wit - she tackles with relishy a smuggler, the village lunatic, a missing corpse, a public pillorying, an exhumation, and of course a murderer.
Mrs Bradley, a unique heroine and one of the most memorable personalities in crime fiction, excels herself in this classic and hilarious whodunit, proving that cosy English village can be murderously peaceful.« less