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Sheila Malory is concerned about the way an old friend of her parents is apparently being forced to go into a home by his son. When Sidney Middleton is found dead by his cleaner Sheila wonders whether than there is more to his death than meets the eye. Everyone who knew Sidney seems to have thought he was a really nice person but Sheila starts to uncover facts about him which shock her to the core and which add to her suspicions about his death.

I thought this book was really interesting. Even though it falls into the cosy sub-genre of crime writing and it written in a low-key un-sensational style it still includes some of the worst aspects of human nature. I thought the characters were well drawn and believable and the motivations realistic. I had worked out who the murderer was but not why the murder was committed so the book kept me reading.

This book is part of an enjoyable series of mysteries which are firmly based in everyday life and the sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere of a small town community.
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on 30 June 2004
This is the latest in a series of amaetur sleuth mysteries from Hazel Holt, featuring widow, academic, and soon-to-be-of-retirement-age Sheia Malory. The theme is that people aren't always what they appear: a pillar of the community is later discovered not only dead but just the opposite of kind and considerate, and another bombastic, domineering person is found to be kind and caring. There is a great twist in the tail ending, too! Well done Hazel, you kept me guessing!
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on 9 December 2012
If you like her other books you will like this one. Light reading at bedtime. They are a little dated, whichis why only 4 stars
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on 6 January 2016
I always enjoy the books of Hazel Holt! Mrs Malory is a 'detective' who is intelligent, friendly and - in fact - someone I would like to meet. She has her own background of country life, dogs, cats, her friends and all the characters in her village. AND an academic (she would say 'a minor one'). The stories are always believable and I rarely guess the murderer, but have to keep reading right to the end
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on 5 July 2013
I love this book, it is fun and interesting and the animal descriptions are fabulous! You can tell Hazel Holt has a cat of her own.
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on 13 September 2015
item as expected
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