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[(Mrs. Malory and Any Man's Death)] [by: Hazel Holt] Paperback – 1 Dec 2009

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mysteries (1 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229663
  • ASIN: B0072Q4HZY
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm

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Mrs. Malory and Any Man's Death After local busybody Annie Roberts is found dead from a nasty case of mushroom poisoning, Mrs. Malory seems to be the only one who finds the death suspicious. Because of her nosy nature, Annie had discovered some dark secrets about her fellow villagers--secrets someone might kill to keep quiet. Original. Full description

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Ms Holt built up the tension and suspense of this novel in a wonderful way. 6 Dec. 2009
By J. Lesley - Published on
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Sheila Malory isn't one of those "take charge" kind of people, but she certainly knows someone who is. Annie Roberts of the nearby village of Mere Barton was once the district nurse and everyone knew that she ran the village and everyone in it. One of those annoying types who is always in the middle of everything going on and who seems to know everything about everything. But it seems that Annie's knowledge about one particular subject wasn't as extensive as she had proclaimed. Before she became ill Annie had roped Sheila into being in charge of gathering information about Mere Barton and then writing a history of the village. All the subscriptions have been gathered. All Sheila needs to do is the research and the organizing and the writing, of course. One very interesting piece of paper Sheila finds seems to be some kind of coded reference to various people living in the village. It will take skillful questioning for Sheila to find out why each person's name appears on the list.

I have to admit that I wasn't particularly excited about reading this book. I placed my order for it before the release date to have it delivered to my Kindle and then completely forgot about it. Surprise! Amazon doesn't forget. I figured that I might as well read it, even though my first Sheila Malory mystery had not been a riveting read. I'd given it (Mrs. Malory and A Time To Die (Mrs. Malory Mystery)) a 4 star review but decided not to pursue the series any further. I am very pleased now that Amazon remembered what I had forgotten. This was a VERY good book. Ms Holt continued with her low key approach to the mysterious happening in the village of Mere Barton and allowed Sheila Malory to quietly and thoroughly investigate while doing research for the book on village history. There is no police investigative presence in this novel. I really enjoyed the natural conversations, the warm friendliness of Sheila, and the human faults and failings of each of the people involved in this story. It was almost as if something of this nature had happened to one of my own friends and now we were all trying to figure out what happened. Once again, as in the first book I read in this series, there is no police investigative presence involved. The entire situation is slowly and quietly solved by Sheila Malory.

My only fault with the book is the ending. I think that I understand the decision made by the author to have the resolution come about in the way she did, but I cannot help but wish a different solution had been chosen. Each reader must decide for themselves if this is the way they would have wanted the story to end. For me, I would have liked something else. Still, a very high 4 star rating this time because I found myself reading just as quickly as I could advance those Kindle pages. I even changed the font size to allow more words per page so I could read more of this fine book faster. Ms Holt had me totally fooled, but for my mystery lovin' self, that was a very good thing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mrs. Mallory and Any Man's Death 10 Oct. 2012
By dolldoll1 - Published on
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I was anxiouly awaiting reading this book. The story started out well but not even half way through I lost interest. Very little action and a lot of talk. Not to be a spoiler, but the ending was very unsatisfying.
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Settle in for a good gossip 13 Mar. 2010
By Patto - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One drifts through this book in a miasma of idle chatter and lifted eyebrows. Seemingly ordinary people putter around at predictable social gatherings eating quantities of homemade food, happy to gossip about their neighbors but curiously reticent about themselves.

The narrator is Mrs. Sheila Malory, a clever lady who has written a book about Mrs. Gaskell. Because of her local renown as an author, she's been strong-armed by old Annie Roberts into writing a history of the village of Mere Barton. Annie is a formidable busybody with many projects. She somehow manages to get anyone she pleases to support her endeavors and do her bidding.

Mrs. Malory notes that when Annie dies from ingesting poison mushrooms, everyone seems unaccountably relieved. As she talks to various people about Annie, while continuing her research into village history, Mrs. Malory begins to suspect that Annie did not die by accident.

For a fast and light read, Mrs. Malory will do. I enjoyed this book, but I doubt I'll dip into the series again. I prefer characters with a bit more edge. Avid fans of cozy mysteries, however, might want to give Mrs. Malory a try.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mrs. Malory Lives Next Door 14 Feb. 2010
By Marilyn A. Seago - Published on
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The character development in the Mrs. Malory series is so well written by Hazel Holt that I feel a part of the village, maybe living next door.
For me the highest compliment I can give an author is to make one so familar with the characters and settings that we feel a part of the story, and Hazel Holt does this every time. Thank you Hazel11
Okay, though not the best in this genre 18 July 2012
By LH422 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In rural England Mrs. Malory engages village politics and solves mysteries on the side. When local gossip Annie Roberts dies everyone in the village seems much more relieved than upset. Minor investigation reveals that Annie wasn't just a busybody, she was a nasty piece of work who used people's vulnerabilities for her own gain. Mrs. Malory faces the unfortunate task of investigating the murder of someone who made life miserable for everyone in the village. She can continue to investigate, or she can let the village enjoy its new-found peace.

This was not necessarily the best place to jump into this series. There was little information on who Mrs. Malory is and what her relationship is to the village. Even jumping into the middle of the series, there were some quirky and interesting characters. What really made the book less than satisfactory was the fact that Mrs. Malory was investigating deep, dark secrets, and we never really find out what many of them are. In the case of many of the characters we never know for sure what their ties were to Annie Roberts.

There are many elements here that suggest that this is a series I would enjoy, and I plan to read more of them.
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