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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.
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.
After the postman loses Mrs. Merryweather's letter, we follow it all around Fern Hollow until it reaches its destination.
When Thelma Meyer tells it to you, she tells it straight: Clean the kitchen daily! Don't waste anything (not even the water leftover from those potatoes you just boiled)! Always work hard! This philosophy meant that when Thelma's daughter Monica founded Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products (named after her mom), the products were designed to work hard for you. Now for the first time, Thelma's sage advice is being made available in this revolutionary cleaning guide chock full of practical tips and secrets based on the premise that life is hectic and messy - and so keeping your house clean and nice is the only sensible thing to do. With shortcuts and tips for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room, MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME contains unexpected advice such as: -Never use vinegar and water on wood floors. One part dish soap and four parts water is the only way to truly get them clean. And remember to buff with a terrycloth towel. -Always clean out the fridge before grocery shopping. Serve the kids "Musko" ("must go") for dinner, using the items that were fast approaching expiration. -Wash windows on a cloudy day to avoid the nasty streaking that happens when the sun's out and glass dry too fast. MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME is two parts common sense and one part inspiration. Read it and learn how to clean like the dickens.
Mrs. Mike is first and foremost a love story, the story of Kathy, a young Irish Boston girl, and Sergeant Mike, a Canadian Mountie, who is priest, doctor, and magistrate to all in a great wilderness of millions of square miles. It is the story of the start of young love, its growth to maturity, and its acceptance of a dangerous, hard, but enthralling life. Kathy's and Mike's lives embrace a score of unforgettable characters, whose destinies are played out against the tremendous background of the wilderness, at times beautiful, at times terrifying and overwhelming. The level of sheer entertainment is extraordinarily high. There is an acceptance of the hardness, the chances, the essential goodness of life lived close to nature that rings very true, and the dual authorship of the| book gives both the male and the female characters an added authenticity, a real tenderness and romance to Mike and Kathy that are rare and precious. Mrs. Mike is emotional, and refreshing. It doesn't pose any great questions to the reader or offer solution to life; it is a curiously lyrical solution in itself.
Dazzlingly original, Ann Beattie's Mrs. Nixon is a riveting exploration of an elusive American icon and of the fiction writer's art. Pat Nixon remains one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie, like many of her generation, dismissed Richard Nixon's wife: "interchangeable with a Martian," she said. Decades later, she wonders what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man. Drawing on a wealth of sources from Life magazine to accounts by Nixon's daughter and his doctor to The Haldeman Diaries and Jonathan Schell's The Time of Illusion, Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon's point of view. Like Stephen King's On Writing, this fascinating and intimate account offers readers a rare glimpse into the imagination of a writer. Beattie, whose fiction Vanity Fair calls "irony-laced reports from the front line of the baby boomers' war with themselves," packs insight and humor into her examination of the First Couple with whom boomers came of age. Mrs. Nixon is a startlingly compelling and revelatory work.
Mrs Laura Palfrey, a widow, moves to the Claremont Hotel in London and starts a new life among other permanent elderly guests. In order not to seem alone, she mentions that her grandson may soon come to visit her. Despite her letters, however, Desmond never appears. One day Mrs Palfrey falls in the street, and a young man, Ludo, rescues her. She invites him to dinner, and when the other residents mistakenly take him for Desmond she goes along with it and gains Ludo's cooperation in the lie. A sweet friendship grows between the two, but lying is a strain for Mrs Palfrey. Ludo's poverty, his uncomfortable relationship with his mother, and an unsatisfactory lovelife with an aloof girl named Rosie weigh upon him. The story deals with all these problems and with those of the other residents at the Claremont who struggle to lead full lives although they have little to do. This gentle, sometimes quite humorous, sad and tender novel recently became a lovely film with a slightly more hopeful atmosphere. This book is for anyone who is old, knows old people, or wonders about becoming old.
Seven stories about a pig family with nine mischevious children.
From the book: Once when the ten piglets were very small, their mother, Mrs. Pig, had a problem. Her piglets were all fond of ketchup, too fond. They ate it on everything. No matter how hard Mrs. Pig tried to cook things they would like, they never tasted it; everything was covered with ketchup -- even dessert -- before they ate it. Not until one day at the supermarket, when there was a big sale on ketchup, did Mrs. Pig think of a way to solve her problem. She bought six enormous jars. And brought them home. Though there may be no fierce wolf after the piglets this time, their situation is almost as grave, and the final results are just as funny and even more lasting than the ones in Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out and Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady. Other books about the Pig family are available from Bookshare.
A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge... Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession... in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage--the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence-- and the surprising revelation that he admires "her" work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair... and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself...
On the very morning Mrs. Pollifax and her husband Cyrus are leaving for Bangkok, the CIA arrives on her doorstep with an urgent request for help. All she's got to do is carry a small object to someone named Ruamsak, and get something from him in exchange. After her arrival, however, she discovers the body of a murdered man and moments later, watches in horror as Cyrus is kidnapped!
Although recently married, Mrs. Pollifax is packed and ready to go to China, where a young agent, Sheng Ti, holds the answers to goings on at the sinister Feng Imports--a one-time agency front.
In response to a desperate SOS Kadi Hopkirk flies to the African country of Ubangiba, where her childhood friend Sammat is soon to be crowned king. Mrs. Pollifax reluctant to allow the girl to venture alone into what she fears may be grave danger, crashes the party. On arrival, Kadi and Mrs.P soon discovers that Sammat has dangerous enemies.
Mrs. Pollifax stood under a dripping umbrella and wondered why it so often rained at funerals. Or at burials, she amended, staring out from under her umbrella at sodden flowers heaped around the grave, and a dozen figures in black, heads bowed as the words "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" were intoned.
Mrs. Pollifax is on hand in Morocco to back up an inept CIA agent, and it's a good thing. Their first informant is killed, and Mrs. Pollifax begins to get the idea that her colleague is not who he says he is. Still, she forges ahead, checking out suspicious informants, and coming to the conclusion that someone is an imposter and someone wants her dead....
Mrs. Pollifax and Farrel are going to Jordan to retrieve an Iraqi writer's manuscript, but not everything is going as planned.
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