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Mrs. Malory and the Fatal Legacy (Mrs. Malory Series #10)
     

Mrs. Malory and the Fatal Legacy (Mrs. Malory Series #10)

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by Hazel Holt
 

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Sheila Malory returns, this time as executor to the estate of a late, bestselling novelist. And what Malory reads into the death is a crime.

Praise for the Mrs. Malory series:
"A delight...warm, vivid descriptions."—Time Out

"Highly entertaining...diverting, unexpected twists."—Booklist

"This series is The Very Model Of

Overview

Sheila Malory returns, this time as executor to the estate of a late, bestselling novelist. And what Malory reads into the death is a crime.

Praise for the Mrs. Malory series:
"A delight...warm, vivid descriptions."—Time Out

"Highly entertaining...diverting, unexpected twists."—Booklist

"This series is The Very Model Of The Modern Mystery Cozy."—Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sheila Malory, amateur sleuth, novelist and critic, is happiest writing in her home outside London and spending time with her family. On one of her occasional trips to the capital, she sees her old college friend Beth, a bestselling author, along with several of their acquaintances. Soon after, Beth is found dead, apparently of an accidental drug overdose. Mrs. Malory is named literary executor of Beth's work, and she embarks on the task of reviewing her friend's unpublished manuscripts and speaking with the widower and children, not an enjoyable undertaking as both Beth and her husband were involved in love affairs and estranged from their children. For a time, Mrs. Malory assumes that she'll be able to put Beth's papers in order and perhaps write a biography of her friend, but these plans end when a researcher working on a critique of Beth's work is murdered. Now it's up to the heroine to find out if the two deaths are related and sort out the sordid details of Beth's life and demise. Mrs. Malory's demure manner belies a skilled detective who's clever, witty and most entertaining; Holt's (Death of a Dean) latest is a fine addition to the charming series. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451200020
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Mrs. Malory Series , #10
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Hazel Holt is the author of seven previous Mrs. Malory novels. She was a personal friend and literary advisor to Barbara Pym, and the author of Pym's official biography. A former television critic and feature writer, she lives in Somerset, England.

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Mrs. Malory and the Fatal Legacy (Mrs. Malory Series #10) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Mrs. Malory; her author has neglected her this time. I love the series, but this book is trite and dull...as though Ms. Holt had to finish it up in a hurry before running out to a golf date. She manages to drain London of color and atmosphere, and even her Athens is sterile. The 'solution' is sadly casual A writer like Holt should be able to give us an example of two of what finally convinces Sheila; instead she gives us only her heroine's vague feelings. They are, of course, enough. Altogether, a disappointment. Maybe Holt is bored.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Somerset, England villager Sheila Malory is the author of several critically acclaimed books on nineteenth century novelists. She has also stayed in touch with several individuals from her days at Oxford, including the acclaimed author Dame Elizabeth Blackmore. Sheila considers Elizabeth such a close friend, she agrees to meet her buddy in London to catch up on each other¿s lives. After their wonderful time together in London, Sheila looks forward to seeing Elizabeth some time soon, but before they meet again the latter dies due to a mix-up in the medications she was taking.

Sheila is stunned, but even more surprising to her is that Elizabeth has named her as the estate¿s literary executor. This means spending an enormous amount of time sifting through the deceased¿s papers to determine what should be published and writing the definitive biography. However, while digging through the papers, Sheila uncovers a secret that a certain party will kill to keep buried.

MRS. MALORY AND THE FATAL LEGACY is the fundamental British cozy that stimulates the mind of the reader. The warm heroine is a likable person who the audience will appreciate for her self-deprecating wit and willingness to seek out the truth even at the cost of bodily harm or death. Hazel Holt provides sub-genre fans with a first class novel that will send new fans seeking the previous Mrs. Malory stories.

Harriet Klausner