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The Death-Cap Dancers

(1981)
(A book in the Mrs Bradley series)
A novel by

 
 
While en route to visit relatives, Hermione Lestrange falls into company with three agreeable women who are spending their autumn holiday in a forest cabin. Out for a drive, the group discovers a battered bicycle by the side of the road, and closer inspection reveals the unfortunate owner, seemingly dead from head wounds, her body found in a nearby ravine. The police are contacted, but Hermione becomes concerned that suspicion may fall on herself and her new acquaintances, as the scene resembles a hastily covered-up automobile accident. Fearing the worst, she rings up her great-aunt and voices her fears.

The young women are ultimately exonerated, but in a quite unforeseen way: there is a second murder, and an attempted third, and each of the victims or near-victims (including the roadside casualty) is a member of a touring folk-dancing troupe staying at a local hostel. The newest attacks occurred after a performance of hornpipe- and morris-dancing which Hermione and her friends had attended. One dancer was set upon and her body pushed into a broom closet; another troupe member - a man still wearing a lady's wig to replace the absent cyclist in dances - was knocked unconscious and left for dead in the bushes outside. While Inspector Ribble concentrates his investigation on the movements of the folk-dance group, Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley considers a longer list of suspects. The Home Office psychoanalyst also imagines a wider range of scenarios than her more dogmatic police counterpart, some of which put Hermione and her friends in danger. Sending her great-niece (and her group) back to her father's pig farm in Stanton St. John, Dame Beatrice builds the case study of a very disturbed individual - someone who takes pleasure in pushing the death-cap mushroom into a victim's wounds.

Genre: Mystery

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March 1982 : UK Hardback
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Title: Death-cap Dancers
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-86009-379-4 / 978-0-86009-379-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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February 1981 : UK Hardback
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Title: Death-cap Dancers
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-7181-1984-3 / 978-0-7181-1984-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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1986 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Death-Cap Dancers
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-7701-0401-0 / 978-0-7701-0401-6 (Canada edition)
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1986 : Canada Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Death-Cap Dancers
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ISBN: 0-7701-0459-2 / 978-0-7701-0459-7 (Canada edition)
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January 1984 : USA Paperback

Title: The Death-Cap Dancers
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-312-18609-6 / 978-0-312-18609-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Daedalus Books
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November 1981 : USA Paperback

Title: The Death Cap Dancers
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-312-18608-8 / 978-0-312-18608-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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April 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Death-Cap Dancers (Mrs. Bradley)
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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