Mrs. Malory Wonders Why (Mrs. Malory Series #6)

Mrs. Malory Wonders Why (Mrs. Malory Series #6)

by Hazel Holt
     
 

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A preference for scones at teatime, a penchant for sensible clothes, and a knack for solving crimes are all part of Mrs. Sheila Malory's irresistible British character. And not since Jane Marple's St. Mary Mead has there been a village more suited for a cozy mystery than Mrs. Malory's Taviscombe, a scenic seaside town where it is difficult to keep a secret, let alone… See more details below

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A preference for scones at teatime, a penchant for sensible clothes, and a knack for solving crimes are all part of Mrs. Sheila Malory's irresistible British character. And not since Jane Marple's St. Mary Mead has there been a village more suited for a cozy mystery than Mrs. Malory's Taviscombe, a scenic seaside town where it is difficult to keep a secret, let alone get away with murder. Yet, in Mrs. Malory's sixth appearance as an amateur sleuth, a poisoned almond tart is the first clue that someone has. It all begins with Mrs. Dudley, doyenne of the Taviscombe "mafia," a group of aging matrons who pick up every crumb of gossip and see the most shocking things through lace curtains with their eagle eyes. And during a lovely chat with Mrs. Malory, she just happens to mention some troubling things about Dr. Cowley, a local physician. The greedy M.D. plans to turn a prime oceanside building, occupied by the very elderly Miss Graham, into a profitable nursing home. And what will happen to that poor soul if she refuses to move? As Mrs. Malory fears, the answer is most distressing: Poor Miss Graham is cruelly, unkindly, and most diabolically killed with her favorite dessert. Of course, it appears that Dr. Cowley must have done it - except that he has an ironclad alibi. Now Mrs. Malory is snooping in earnest, hoping it will lead her to intriguing revelations: about the physician with ambition, about a weakwilled nephew and his pushy wife, about a pretty neighbor of questionable virtue, and about a very large sum of money. Of course, Mrs. Malory's persistent inquiries may also get her killed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The picturesque English seaside village of Taviscombe, which bustles with small-town activity, proves not only a breeding ground for gossip but the perfect testing ground for Sheila Malory's ability to decode what she hears and overhears in order to solve a murder. The aging Miss Graham has been poisoned, and Sheila, as usual, can't help herself: she just has to get to the bottom of things. Did Dr. Cowley-the dead woman's physician and landlord who wanted her flat to make room for a nursing home-slip some extra digitalis into an almond tart? Or did her financially strapped nephew murder her for a considerable inheritance? Sheila, aided by her son Michael, a solicitor, and a wide network of old friends and family, becomes an invaluable aid to Chief Inspector Roger Eliot in his investigation. Applying her quick wit and sharp tongue, Sheila confronts the loathsome physician and his other elderly tenant in the surprising process of determining the murderer, who strikes again. Sheila's tart narration and her ear for the prevarications and evasions of her neighbors make her sixth outing (after Mrs. Malory: Detective in Residence) an enjoyably crisp affair. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Series sleuth Mrs. Mallory (Mrs. Mallory, LJ 12/94) offers legal advice (via her son) to an elderly friend threatened with eviction because a neighboring doctor wants to convert her building into a nursing home. When Mrs. Mallory later finds her friend dead, she launches an investigation. Another tidy tidbit for fans of traditional British-village mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786206315
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Series:
Mrs. Malory Series, #6
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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