Mrs. Malory: Detective in Residence (Mrs. Malory Series #5)

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British from the tips of her sensible shoes to the lapels of her classic tweed suit, the delightfully civilized Mrs. Sheila Malory of Taviscombe, England, has a talent for solving the most frightfully uncivilized of crimes. In this fifth outing into the dark byways of homicide, she leaves her cat and her village behind to teach a literature course at a small American college...and finds herself right at home instructing the local police in the ABCs of murder. Mrs. Sheila Malory gazes at a fabulously attractive ...
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British from the tips of her sensible shoes to the lapels of her classic tweed suit, the delightfully civilized Mrs. Sheila Malory of Taviscombe, England, has a talent for solving the most frightfully uncivilized of crimes. In this fifth outing into the dark byways of homicide, she leaves her cat and her village behind to teach a literature course at a small American college...and finds herself right at home instructing the local police in the ABCs of murder. Mrs. Sheila Malory gazes at a fabulously attractive man at the faculty party welcoming her to Wilmot College. Unfortunately, Professor Carl Loring shares a penchant for malice with his brother, Max Loring, the curator at the nearby Whittler Institute. Between them they have destroyed reputations, committed character assassinations, and killed colleagues' careers. Nearly everyone in this close-knit academic community nestled in a Pennsylvania river valley wants to see them get their comeuppance. And someone wants to see them dead. Mrs. Malory is soon plunged into a moral and most emotional dilemma amid the groves of academe. The discovery first of Max's dead body, then Carl's, brings divorced, middle-aged Police Lieutenant Mike Landis onto the scene and into her life. Landis enjoys Mrs. Malory's company, shares a passion for Shakespeare, and welcomes her help in solving a case where clues are few, but suspects are many. Mrs. Malory's close friend and hostess, Linda Kowolski, has motive and opportunity for committing at least one of the crimes. So do a gorgeous graduate student who has been sexually harassed, a soft-spoken writing professor who finds his future in jeopardy, and a powerful local businessman who may have blown millions on a forged work of art. One by one the incomparable Mrs. Malory uncovers the facts that add up to the shocking truth.

Here, the charming fifty-something British widow and reluctant sleuth agrees to teach a course on British women writers at a small college in Pennsylvania. She finds an intricate, nasty web of faculty relationships that leads to the death of two professors. In her search for the murderer, Mrs. Malory uncovers many secrets the sleepy town would rather not confront.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her first Dutton hardcover appearance, British widow and author Sheila Malory agrees to an old friend's long-standing request that she teach a course on women writers at Wilmot College, near Bucks County, Pa. Upon arrival, she catches up with her friend and then learns about the college, its members, including drama specialist Max Loring, whom the rest of the English faculty abhors, and the Whittier Institute, the area's cultural center. Sheila and the head of the Institute find Loring's body in a blanket chest in the Whittier Mansion after a concert; then the visiting professor befriends police lieutenant Mike Landis, in charge of the case. Her involvement in the investigation deepens after Loring's similarly despised brother is murdered. Despite a very slow start-the murder occurs a fourth of the way into the story-the charming and intuitive Sheila, last seen in Mrs. Malory and the Festival Murder, whose British sensibilities color her view of America, will charm readers of cozies. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Visiting professor Sheila Malory, a rather timid and wimpish import from Taviscombe, England, becomes the "insider" for a chummy policeman when murder strikes a Pennsylvania college town. Malory gathers hearsay evidence about two odious and universally disliked brothers murdered within days of each other. Various pets appear as part of the domestic scence, but what really creates atmosphere are the gossipy, catty remarks made about the victims. Though Malory appears to be too nave for a sleuth, this marks her fifth adventure and her first appearance in hardcover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786204243
  • Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Series: Mrs. Malory Series , #5
  • Pages: 256

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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