The Scold's Bridle

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The Scold's Bridle
Author Minette Walters
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Crime / Mystery novel
Publisher Pan Books
Publication date
May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback) & Audio CD
Pages 480 pp (paperback)
ISBN 0-330-33663-0
OCLC 60224582
Preceded by The Sculptress
Followed by The Dark Room

The Scold's Bridle (1994) is a crime novel by English writer Minette Walters. The book, Walters' third, won a CWA Gold Dagger.


Mathilda Gillespie, an eccentric recluse known for her incredible meanness of nature, is found dead in her bathtub, her wrists slashed and her head locked inside a so-called 'scold's bridle', a rusted cage built with tongue clamps which was used as a torture device throughout the middle ages. The dead woman's only friend, Dr. Sarah Blakeney, becomes the prime suspect in her murder after police discover that she's been left a great deal of money in the will.

To clear her name, Sarah delves deep into Mathilda's mysterious past, and subsequently unravels an intricate web of greed, abuse and depravity.[1]

Television adaptation[edit]

In 1998, The Scold's Bridle was adapted for television by the BBC. It was directed by David Thacker from a screenplay written by Tony Bicât; producer Chris Parr, editor St John O'Rorke, music Junior Campbell.

the cast included:[2]


  1. ^ "The Scold's Bridle". Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ The Scold's Bridle on IMDb. Retrieved 2013-02-03.

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