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Fault in The Structure

(1977)
(A book in the Mrs Bradley series)
A novel by

 
 
Depending on how one looks at it, Mr. Theddeus E. Lawrence manages to incur either terrible misfortune or celebrated windfalls. Relatives and family members have a habit of dying, but Lawrence is often compensated for his loss.

His father perished in a car crash while his son was at the wheel; a sympathetic school benefactor failed to get medical attention in time and died of an aneurysm; and now it appears that Mr. Lawrence's first wife has turned up, only to go missing again. When a body is discovered, though, it belongs to the man's second wife, a college secretary who is found buried on the school grounds. Dame Beatrice first hears of the case from her son, who is investigating an embezzlement charge against the busy Mr. Lawrence. Ultimately, Lawrence is jailed - for drunken driving and resisting arrest.

The years pass, and one night Dame Beatrice's secretary Laura Gavin attends a meeting of the local dramatic society. The question before the group: what to present at the Caxton festival, an affair celebrating printing-press innovator William Caxton. After much deliberation and theatrical argument, the society decides to mount a production of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Dame Beatrice is interested to hear Laura's news that a headstrong society member is determined to recruit a reluctant villager, a young printer sharing the name of William Caxton, to take part in the pageant.

Remembering her acquaintance with the man named T.E. Lawrence and A.C. Swinburne, Dame Beatrice decides to watch over the festival activities, which is just as well: during The Beggar's Opera's final performance, the actor playing Macheath is fatally strangled by (what should have been) a prop noose. Laura and Dame B. talk reach a conclusion by assigning identities to the luckless roles of victim and murderer.

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

March 1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fault in the Structure
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-86009-163-5 / 978-0-86009-163-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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September 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fault in the Structure
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-7181-1601-1 / 978-0-7181-1601-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fault In The Structure
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
ISBN: 0-09-958405-0 / 978-0-09-958405-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fault In The Structure (Mrs Bradley Book 52)
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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March 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fault in the Structure (Mrs. Bradley)
Author(s): Gladys Mitchell
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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