My Dear Charlotte: With the assistance of Jane Austen's letters Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Hazel Holt has many devoted fans in the United States and Great Britain as a writer of "cosy" British mysteries; she has published nineteen Mrs. Malory novels at last count. She is also known to admirers of Barbara Pym as the friend and biographer who additionally edited Pym's posthumous works.
Top Customer Reviews
A must-read for Janeites and fans of Hazel Holt, this will also appeal to readers of Georgette Heyer, or of Nicola Slade's historical mysteries.
Hazel Holt's Sheila Mallory books but My Dear Charlotte far surpasses them. It is one of thoses rare books that you can't wait to finish and yet you don't want it to end. The writing style is beautifully clear and in the style of the great Jane Austen with her trademark acerbic remarks. The character of Elinor fits into the Austen milieu wonderfully well and yet she could be today's woman also.
Though we do not meet the Charlotte of the title we do get to know her through the comments in Elinor's letters. The male characters are well delineated as are the females and the mystery grows slowly but very adeptly.
I only wish that Hazel Holt could produce another volume of Elinor's letters recounting a further mystery.
I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it highly enough. If Miss Austen had turned her pen to writing mysteries then this would be her style completely
I saw one mis-naming - Mrs Churchill for Mrs Woodstock - so now we know which bit of the novels / letters that came from!
I rarely post reviews - so this shows how perfect it was.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good choice for those who like Austen and cosy mysteries, not too demanding for a winter evening or the beach!Published on 18 July 2014 by Kindle Customer
I enjoy Hazel Holt's other detective books. The language and atmosphere were very Jane Austen, it was an interesting plot, the characters were appealing and believable, I enjoyed... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by Waterlily
Like most 'follow on' books based on Jane Austen novels this was almost bound to disappoint. Nobody can match Austen's mastery and humour.Published on 1 April 2013 by Moonlight
This was a delightful treat. A cosy regency mystery told in letter form to 'My Dear Charlotte'. Lots of snippets and clues that JA fans will enjoy and lovely accurate glimpse into... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2013 by Betty Bloggs