×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

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

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

by Hazel Holt
 

See All Formats & Editions

Sheila Malory’s childhood friend has hit hard times, and is desperate enough to try selling the family mansion out from under his stubborn elderly nanny. Unfortunately, the estate can’t be sold unless the old woman moves...or expires. When she suddenly turns up dead and his much-hated brother is poisoned, Sheila’s long-time companion becomes the primary suspect. But

Overview

Sheila Malory’s childhood friend has hit hard times, and is desperate enough to try selling the family mansion out from under his stubborn elderly nanny. Unfortunately, the estate can’t be sold unless the old woman moves...or expires. When she suddenly turns up dead and his much-hated brother is poisoned, Sheila’s long-time companion becomes the primary suspect. But she soon finds that things aren’t as simple as they look, and even those she trusts may have something to hide....

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451191090
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Series:
Mrs. Malory Series , #7
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.73(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.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews