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4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
Hazel Holt reminds me of Miss Read. Her books flow easily and are warm and humorous. In particular, you can relate to the characters. The heroine in this story for instance can't face being rude to people, even when it comes to her boring cousin researching family history. Overall, very light and enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Family history can be dangerous
Hazel Holt's Sheila Malloy has been likened to a modern day Miss Marple. There are some similarities. Shelia lives a quiet, unremarkable life in a village where she lives in happy retirement taking part in community activities.

When it comes to amateur detectives, maintaining believability can be a challenge, one that Holt has met quite well. Holt has...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Family history can be dangerous, 24 Mar 2008
This review is from: A Death in the Family (Sheila Malory) (Paperback)
Hazel Holt's Sheila Malloy has been likened to a modern day Miss Marple. There are some similarities. Shelia lives a quiet, unremarkable life in a village where she lives in happy retirement taking part in community activities.

When it comes to amateur detectives, maintaining believability can be a challenge, one that Holt has met quite well. Holt has commendably refrained from allowing her protagonist to be put into ridiculously dangerous situations that blind Freddy could see are ill-advised. Sheila's investigations are limited to visiting various family members and questioning them about Bernard's visit.

The plot is fairly simple and straightforward. There are no tricksy twists. No hidden surprises waiting to leap out of the closet. If there is a criticism it is that the details about Sheila's life is a little too mundane. There are only so many times you can read about Sheila being asked to bake a cake for an afternoon tea and maintain interest. Having said that, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY is a quick, entertaining read which will appeal to those whose crime fiction tastes are on the lighter side.
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3.0 out of 5 stars an average read, 31 July 2012
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I've not long discovered Hazel Holt so am reading quite a few of them and although they are aren't the best of reads they are a gentle read - the central character is a bit like a cross between Agatha Raisin and Miss Marple - no violence just a lot of casual questions and information that Sheila Mallory then passes on to the local bobby who she has known since he was a boy. This particular book has many more possible suspects than the others but an 80 year old friend of mine that I lent it to got confused because there were too many characters in it and all the inter-relationships got a bit much - still - if you want a gentle read that won't give you nightmares when you turn the light out you could do worse.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Death in the family., 13 Sep 2013
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Although well written as per usual, it was very formulaic, I could have replaced some of the characters in this book with some from a few of her other books, and it would have been essentially the same story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, 27 April 2014
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Hazel Holt reminds me of Miss Read. Her books flow easily and are warm and humorous. In particular, you can relate to the characters. The heroine in this story for instance can't face being rude to people, even when it comes to her boring cousin researching family history. Overall, very light and enjoyable.
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