The Devil at Saxon Wall by Gladys Mitchell (first published by Grayson & Grayson, 1935)
Yesterday Mr Addyman bought these lovely Gladys Mitchell first editions. Take warning – they look beautiful but the wrappers are facsimiles of the originals. In this case they are very clearly marked in print as facsimiles on the front flap of the wrapper so we have not ditched them. However we have priced them as if they had no wrappers – they still add up to quite a high figure but with the original jackets they would be worth thousands.
Gladys Mitchell is loved by those who enjoy Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham but her books have an oddness about them which is unique. Most of her books have been out of print for years.
Mr Addyman met her sister who was a nun and bought some presentation copies from her. They got on so well that, after she died, the convent got in touch with Derek to buy the others. We still have a few of these in stock but most have sold.
For this Bookseller’s Breakfast I have paired this with a layered #smoothie stuffed with fruit. I think the overflowing juice has the look of something quite gruesome which seems appropriate.