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


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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: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I am not sure how to spell Malory. The cover of the book spells the name with one L and the written pages spell it with 2 L's

Sheila Mallory, a middle-aged widow, of rural Taviscombe, enjoys her quiet life with a small band of friends that is until her friend Charlie Richardson, brings the quite chic Lee Montgomery home for a visit. Everyone had always thought that Charlie and Sheila would end up together, but sadly, that was not the case. However, Charlie respects Sheila's opinion and would really like for a friends opinion of his fiancé.

When Charlie needs to travel back to America to tie up some business deals, Sheila agrees to check in on her only to find her dead. Well, Sheila takes her responsibilities as a friend seriously and decided that it is her job to find the who and why of the killing; and unfortunately, the more that Sheila digs the more she realizes that Lee definitely had a past and it could have been just about anyone who killed her.

I enjoyed this book, though simple in its style, Ms Holt's writing is very much in the British style with subtle humor and many a leading culprit without overdoing the pitfalls that seem to be prevalent in most cozies mysteries today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Buff on December 30, 2009
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I have read many of the Mrs. Malory mysteries by Hazel Holt. No matter which one you choose to read, each one of them is a delight. It is a comfortable read with nothing jumping out at you. If you enjoyed watching the TV series "Murder, She Wrote," then you will love all her books. They are all just a very interesting charming read with a mystery involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ethel S. Rasure on February 9, 2013
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This series is cozy and fun to read. I enjoy Mrs. Malory, who is intelligent and gently and a lady unlike many women "detectives"
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