• "Mitchell's heroine... interrogates the suspects with razor sharp wit and uncompromising intellect"

  • "Mitchell piles the characters in right at the beginning, giving us a host of middle-class children, teens and middle-aged scholars, full of authentic slang of the period... She is more intellectually demanding than Christie, less aristocratic than Sayers"

    Lesley McDowell, Herald
  • "Miss Mitchell is certainly the most perfect and pellucid prose-writer in crime ficiton"

    Edmund Crispin
  • "Gladys Mitchell can always be relied upon for a packed and meaty novel, and an intelligent one at that"