The Greenstone Griffins - Gladys Mitchell 1983 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition A fine first edition of the last work to feature Mrs. Beatrice Lestrange Bradley within Glady’s Mitchell’s lifetime.

“The first time Jessica Denefield encountered the Greenstone Griffins she was seven years old. The fantastical, heavy pair of jade candle holders adorned the mantel of the village squire’s manor house...

Years later, an adult Jessica—now a schoolteacher—notices the griffins in a village shop window, but a fire consumes the store before she can enquire...

The Greenstone Griffins’ is a fitting finale and an admirable tribute to its author. The story occurs at a time before the sleuth acquires her O.B.E. title or Laura, her energetic secretary. (Chauffeur George is in service, as is the soon-to-be-married Miss Cummings, Laura’s predecessor.) But many story elements are here that Mitchell enjoyed and excelled at: a schoolteacher heroine, a charmingly rustic setting, a jovial sense of humour, and a touch of the supernatural.” [The Stone House. www]
  Gladys Mitchell (1901-83), was an English author, and English teacher, best known for her creation of Mrs Bradley, the heroine of 66 detective novels. She also wrote under the pseudonyms Stephen Hockaby and Malcolm Torrie.

Reference: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 1086. www - The Stone House: A Gladys Mitchell Tribute Site.

Thin octavo (book size 20.4x13.2cm), pp. [8] 200. In publisher’s green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced ‘£7.95 net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with wrinkle to acetate coating on panels.   Ref: 110421   Price: HK$ 900