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Everyone knows that impertinent Lee Montgomery is marrying Charles Richardson for his money. After Lee vanishes, Charles' friends breathe a sigh of relief. But Charles loves his pretty fiancée and is determined to get her back. He enlists the talents of Mrs. Sheila Malory, whose pastimes include reading nineteenth-century novels and ferreting out the truth. Mrs. Malory, a reluctant amateur detective, is soon convinced that Lee has been the victim of foul play. The residents of the sleepy seaside village of Taviscombe, England, are about to discover just how difficult it is to keep their terrible secrets with Mrs. Malory on the case. Gone Away is the first of Hazel Holt's Mrs. Malory mysteries. Note: British punctuation and spelling.
Sheila Malory is less than thrilled when her loathsome cousin Bernard comes to Taviscombe looking for information to complete his family tree. After all, she's got better things to do than listen to Bernard's pompous genealogical lectures and watch him berate his mousy wife. But when Bernard dies suddenly in his rented cottage, it's more than family obligation that keeps Mrs. Malory on the case. Someone wanted Bernard out of the way, and with all the dirt he was digging up on the family, the killer could be more than kin. . . and less than kind.
Sheila Malory's old friends Charlie and Jo Hamilton run a popular riding school in the quiet English town of Taviscombe. When Charlie is found dead in his stables from a blow to the head-with only his horses as witnesses to his final moments- the entire community is shaken. Especially since Charlie's is just the first in a series of shocking and suspicious deaths. Mrs. Malory is on the case, but the trail of clues, from an unlucky horseshoe to a lethal electric fence, proves to be anything but a smooth ride.
The new town veterinarian hardly has any kennel-side manner. His patients squirm and bark in his presence--and the humans don't fancy him, either. Even genial Mrs Malory can't find a redeeming bone in his body. So when the vet turns up dead, a whole roster of townspeople are suspects. Mrs. Malory refuses to drop this complicated case and, in the last few pages of the novel, solves the mystery. This mystery is set within a local English town and Hazel Holt, the author, interweaves the mystery with the lives of the local people and animals.
Dr. John Morrison, a new doctor in Taviscombe, joins the local, medical clinic. He is brilliant, mysterious, and aloof. Many of his patients and peers in Taviscombe do not like him because of his harsh manner. Because of his aloofness, no one is surprised when he is stabbed to death. However, Mrs. Sheila Malory surprises both herself and the readers when she uncovers numerous suspects and motives for the murder. The story is enriched by British manners and humor. According to Booklist, this novel is: Finely textured. . . . Sink comfortably with the heroine into a burnished old pub or a cup of tea. . . .Full of elegant shadings of place and character and appealing local color . . . Anglophiles will delight in the authentically British Mrs. Malory, and mystery fans will enjoy Holt's stylish writing, dry wit, and clever plot.
When the veteran teacher Margaret Hood dies suddenly of a diabetic reaction, Mrs. Sheila Malory, a British writer, takes on the job of a substitute English teacher at Blakeneys, a prestigious girls' school. Her job is to prepare five girls in the English Seventh for their A-level exams. Nervous about the job when she first arrives at Blakeneys, Mrs. Malory soon finds herself relaxing and enjoying her teaching in the classroom. Shortly after the beginning of the school year, the custodian finds the head of the school dead. The death is thought to be accidental but is still investigated by the police because of its strange nature. Because of Mrs. Malory's superb detective qualities, she is asked by the inspector of the local police to become involved in the case and to gather the facts about the death. Since Sheila is a relative stranger at the school, she has no problem gaining access to her peers and students. Because she does not know them, her coworkers think that she is curious when she asks them questions concerning their lives, in general, and the murder, in particular. Through her inquiries, Sheila learns that rivalries exist among the faculty, and that some of the students have deep emotional problems. It is only when the end of term arrives that the unpleasant truth is finally exposed. Hazel Holt's story shows the genteel style of the traditional British mystery. The setting of the story is picturesque, and the characters are refined, well mannered, and react to the murder in a calm and controlled way. Holt presents Sheila, the protagonist, as a mature and likable character who shows empathy and warmth to her peers and to her students. The plot is simple to understand and the twist at the end gives the plot its vitality.
When an old friend of Mrs. Sheila Malory invites her to a Writer of the Year party, Sheila feels she cannot refuse. At the party, she meets her old friend Beth Blackmore - otherwise known as Dame Elizabeth Blackmore, the eminent novelist. Sheila is happy that she comes to the party because a week later Beth suddenly dies leaving Sheila full of grief. Beth's publisher following the bequest of Beth's will, appoints Sheila as her literary executor. Among Beth's papers is an unfinished novel telling of a passionate love affair. However, something about the novel convinces Sheila that it is autobiographical and should not be published. When Phoebe, a potential literary critic of the novelist's works also dies, Sheila reads between the lines of Beth's autobiographical novel to find out the truth about Phoebe's murder, before something else tragic happens.
The following quote is taken from the back cover of the novel: "Writer Sheila Malory, seen before in Mrs. Malory Investigates and other mysteries, visits the annual Taviscombe Festival, which has been appropriated and aggrandized by Adrian Palgrave, a poet and biographer of little renown. Palgrave, who has been named literary executor for writer and man-of-the-world Lawrence Meredith, a leading literary figure of the 1920s and 30s, is found beaten to death during the first performance of the festival, and suspects are all around. TV documentary-maker Oliver Stevens fears disclosure of an affair. Young Robin Turner, treasurer of the festival, had been criticized frequently by the dead poet. Two other deaths and an attempt to destroy the Meredith papers lead Sheila to search for long-held secrets that bred fatal consequences." Through her charm and friendliness, Sheila invites her readers into the quaint English society of the fictional town of Taviscombe. Here readers watch Sheila fraternize with familiar people that the readers have met in Holt's other novels. Readers also meet new characters and are welcomed into Sheila's world of animals, delicious food and coffee and tea intermingled with the violence that Sheila uncovers and resolves.
This novel is the eighth one in the Mrs. Malory Mystery series. Mrs. Sheila Malory is an English widow in her late sixties. A friend of her late husband, Graham Percy comes to visit Sheila at her home. Graham is boring, critical, demanding, and controlling. For instance, even though he is only a visitor, he insists that he eat breakfast after he returns from his daily morning walks. Because of these negative qualities, none of his "so-called" friends, including Sheila's late husband, like him. However, because Graham was a so-called friend of her husband, Sheila feels that she must respect Graham and shows hospitality toward him. On one of Graham's daily morning walks, he does not return on schedule to eat his breakfast. Because Sheila is concerned, she searches for him and finds Graham stabbed to death. Since Graham had stayed at her house plus the fact that she is a "natural-born" detective, the rest of the plot resolves around her search and discovery of the murderer. Through this process, she learns about Graham's dark and evil side. Further, by interviewing those associated with Graham, Sheila learns also about their personalities, possible motives for the murder, and how they respond and cope with Graham's malevolent influence. The plot is simple and the clues necessary to solve the mystery of Graham's death are readily apparent.
The village of Taviscombe is sent reeling when the popular Sidney Middleton dies in a tragic accident. However, it soon becomes apparent that his death was a most deliberate act. How could someone so likable have enemies--especially one driven to kill? Mrs. Sheila Malory is dead-set on finding out. By the end of the novel, she solves the mystery and learns much about people in the process. For instance, she discovers that Sidney is really a horrible person who has destroyed many people's lives. Sheila, because of this discovery begins looking at people suspiciously. The novel ends with a twist. The story is enriched by British manners and humor. According to Booklist, this novel is: "Finely textured... Sink comfortably with the heroine into a burnished old pub or a cup of tea... Full of elegant shadings of place and character and appealing local color... Anglophiles will delight in the authentically British Mrs. Malory, and mystery fans will enjoy Holt's stylish writing, dry wit, and clever plot."
Sheila Malory's childhood friend, actor David Beaumont, falls on hard times and must raise sufficient funds in order to stay in his Stratford cottage. Before his death, David's father had willed the estate to the nanny who had cared for his children. However, the will said that after her death, David and his brother, Francis would jointly inherit and own the house. The problem is that the nanny clings to life and is unwilling to relinquish the house to the brothers. While David, with help from Sheila, is casting about for other types of financial rescue, the nanny conveniently falls down a flight of stairs and dies. At her death, David is at first relieved because he will be able to pay off his debts by selling his portion of the house. However, his enthusiasm is squelched because his brother, Francis, the Dean of Culminster, is unwilling to cooperate with David to sell the house. When Francis is poisoned and the police decide to look into the nanny's death a little more closely, David becomes a prime suspect. Believing in his innocence, Sheila investigates the murder. In her investigation, she finds numerous suspects and reasons for the murder and the plot becomes more intricate, exciting, and suspenseful. The writer allows the reader entry into Sheila's thinking process. The story is laden with all the tapestry of British culture and manners. The characters in the story commiserate, drink tea, listen to birds, and engage in other amusements of British life while being comforted by Sheila's sympathetic and chatty manner.
Mrs. Malory returns to Taviscombe, England, from her teaching engagement in the USA, only to discover that a devious doctor/landlord is trying to evict one of her elderly friends in order to build a profitable nursing home. When her friend turns up dead, it seems like a cut and dried case to the amateur sleuth. But soon she finds that things aren't as simple as they look, and even those she trusts have something to hide. The author intertwined the events of Mrs. Malory's life allowing the reader to learn about life in a small English village. The reader is encouraged to try to solve the mystery along with Mrs. Malory and to share her joys and frustrations.
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