Mrs. Malory: Death of a Dean (Mrs. Malory Series #7)

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Mrs. Malory has been friends with actor David Beaumont since their salad days. Less green today and pinched financially, David has to raise funds to save his lovely, much-mortgaged cottage situated directly across from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. David is desperate enough to ask for help from his brother, the much hated Dean of Culminster Cathedral. The old Scrooge quickly shows his lack of Christian charity by refusing a loan. David's last hope is the sale of his family's large house - ...
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Mrs. Malory has been friends with actor David Beaumont since their salad days. Less green today and pinched financially, David has to raise funds to save his lovely, much-mortgaged cottage situated directly across from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. David is desperate enough to ask for help from his brother, the much hated Dean of Culminster Cathedral. The old Scrooge quickly shows his lack of Christian charity by refusing a loan. David's last hope is the sale of his family's large house - tantalizingly out of reach since it has been left to his old nanny for the remainder of her life. Only when she dies can it be sold. Quite fortuitously she does. To all appearances the nanny's death is an accident - until someone poisons the Dean. David is aghast...after all, he is the primary suspect. In his hour of need, he calls upon Mrs. Malory. Before long, she has her own list of suspicious characters: the Dean's mousy wife, his frumpy librarian daughter, and his very nervous son. All of them may be hiding secrets...and all of them may have a motive to want the Dean dead.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As usual, the charm lies thick as 50-something widow Sheila Malory (Mrs. Malory Wonders Why, 1995, etc.) sheathes her guile in a shell of matronly pleasantry to nab a murderer. Sheila's childhood friend, actor David Beaumont, has fallen on hard times and must raise sufficient funds in order to stay in his Stratford cottage. His ancestral home, potentially his biggest asset, was willed to his old nanny until her death, after which it will be jointly owned by himself and his brother, Francis. The problem is that the old girl clings stubbornly to life. While David, with help from Sheila, is casting about for other types of financial rescue, the nanny conveniently falls down a flight of stairs and dies. At first relieved because he will be able to pay off his debts, David finds Francis, the Dean of Culminster, unwilling to sell in a depressed market. When the brother is poisoned and the police decide to look into the nanny's death a little more closely, David becomes a prime suspect. Believing in his innocence, Sheila uses the full power of her sympathetic, chatty nature to ferret out the murderer. Applying her characteristic deft touch in rendering contemporary English village life, Holt shows no signs of altering the formula that has made this series the very model of the modern mystery cozy. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Fanciers of British-village mysteries will applaud the return of Mrs. Malory (Mrs. Malory Wonders Why, LJ 11/95). Here she agrees to help out a longtime friend who has fallen into serious debt and must sell the family home. Suspicion falls on him when two opponents to the sale die suddenly. Just the thing for a chilly evening.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568953922
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Mrs. Malory Series, #7
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.52 (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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