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.