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Mrs. Malory Investigates (Mrs. Malory Mystery ; no. 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 1991

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Writing with originality but staying within the conventions of British whodunits, Holt makes her debut in a witty and oddly poignant story. The narrator is Sheila Mallory, middle-aged and widowed, the brightest among her friends in the almost cloistered society of rural Taviscombe. The circle is invaded by foxy Lee Montgomery, brought by her fiance, Charlie Richardson, to meet Sheila and his other old friends. Although Lee makes her feel "short, dull, provincial," Sheila promises Charlie she will look after his love while he's abroad. When someone murders Lee, "looking after" her means trying to find out who killed her and why. Becoming an amateur detective, Sheila asks questions about the victim's background, finding answers among people Lee had injured unforgivably and, eventually, the person who stopped her from doing further damage in her mindless lust for possessions. The denouement stands out as a deftly understated, satisfying surprise.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hazel Holt is the author of seven previous Mrs. Malory novels. She was a personal friend and literary advisor to Barbara Pym, and the author of Pym?s official biography. A former television critic and feature writer, she lives in Somerset, England.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (October 3, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451402693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451402691
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am new to Hazel Holt and delighted with the writing and especially with Mrs. Mallory.

I used two l's because I have the 1989 release where the cover, title page, and
CIP all use Mrs. Mallory with two l's. BUT throughout this book, Mallory has just one l.

I see later editions use one l. Is that because the misspelling was missed in the original
St. Martin's Press edition of the book?
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this is the second mrs. mallory i read. i usually like to read the first in any series, if i don't start with it.

i found nothing 'oddly poignant' about this very slender mystery. most of the people are unpleasant, or spineless, or obnoxious. mrs. mallory herself is unrealistic--we are asked to believe that a middle-aged woman who has achieved a university degree, brought up a child successfully, and writes scholarly works that are academically admired is, nevertheless, a hesitant, tentative doormat. phui.

the main clue to the identity of the murderer is fairly obvious.

i have read three of this series, and i will not be reading any more. this sets what seems to be the pattern: the murder victim is an unpleasant woman whose death is greatly deserved, and the murderer is an unpleasant woman who is only marginally sympathetic.

there are better contemporary cozy british mystery series written by women. cynthia harrod-eagles springs to mind.
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Good story.
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Very ordinary British cozy mystery.
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