My next Gladys Mitchell group reading event is planned for July 2020, and this time I am asking readers to tell me which Mrs. Bradley mystery first published in the 1940s they would like to read and discuss! I welcome recommendations, so please send your vote to jason@jasonhalf.com .


If you want to suggest more than one title, just let me know your rank of interest, as in first, second, third. I hope to announce results of the voting in April. Let me know what you think!

Brazen Tongue – 1940 Hangman's Curfew – 1941 When Last I Died – 1941 Laurels Are Poison – 1942 The Worsted Viper – 1943 Sunset over Soho – 1943 My Father Sleeps – 1944 The Rising of the Moon – 1945 Here Comes a Chopper – 1946 Death and the Maiden – 1947 The Dancing Druids – 1948 Tom Brown's Body – 1949


Hello Gladys Mitchell and classic mystery fans! I am very happy to announce the next title selected for the MITCHELL MYSTERY READING GROUP: the Winter-into-Spring tale Dead Men's Morris, first published in 1936.


As with the previous reading group events, new and veteran Gladys Mitchell readers are welcome to provide their observations, general or specific, as we read through the chapters. This book is divided into three sections, so every 10 days I ask contributors to send their comments to me at jason@jasonhalf.com and I will curate and present a blog with everyone's thoughts included, loosely organized by topic.


Previous group readings have been very enjoyable, and you can view the archived discussions of Come Away, Death and The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop on my site. Please visit this link for more information on December's read:

https://www.jasonhalf.com/blog/announcing-decembers-mitchell-mystery-reading-group-title


Note that Dead Men's Morris is available on the Amazon Kindle in the U.S. and that reprints from Rue Morgue Press and Michael Joseph can still be found. This season, Vintage Press reprinted the book as Death Comes at Christmas, available for purchase now. Our first call for comments on Dead Men's Morris will be due December 8, covering Chapters 1 to 6 in the section entitled FIGURE 1: Fossder's Folly.


We hope you will be able to join us in the dance!



Statue of Aesculapius, Greek god of medicine


Hello mystery fans and friends of psycho-analyst sleuth Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley! We have just concluded a group reading of 1937's COME AWAY, DEATH, and you can see what April's travelers had to say about the title by visiting these post links:


Post 1 - Post 2 - Post 3 - Post 4


You can also find Reading Group post links on the book's bibliography page -- so far, THE MYSTERY OF A BUTCHER'S SHOP (1929) and COME AWAY, DEATH are represented. We will launch the next Reading Group event around November 2019, where a GM mystery first published in the 1940s will be chosen. I hope you'll join us; stay tuned!

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