Malice Domestic
Mollie Hardwick
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Malice Domestic (Doran Fairweather #1)

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Mending her heart after a bad love affair, Doran Fairweather loves her new life in a tiny Kent county village. Her antiques business is doing well and her low-key romance with the young vicar is quite pleasant. Then a stranger, Mr. Mumbray arrives, bringing with him a malignant presence that causes the villagers to flee, cringe, and sicken. Only Doran and the vicar dare de...more
Mass Market Paperback, 219 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Transworld Publishers Limited (first published July 1st 1988)
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Sandra Knapp
It was far from the worst mystery I've read, but nowhere near the best either. A middle-of-the-road story. I say this because for me, the best stories grab my imagination on page one, and then I fly through the pages, unable to get from one page to the next, quickly enough. That was not the case with this tale of vindictiveness, mayhem and murder. The story was not bad, but it took me several chapters before I even began to become involved with the story. They style of writing was not fluid at a...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: "Two more deaths this morning," Rhona said with relish, piling used breakfast pots onto a tray.

Time does indeed heal all wounds. After a disastrous love affair, Doran Fairweather moved to a tiny village in Kent and set up her antiques business in a neighboring town. Now her business is doing well, and her low-key romance with the vicar definitely makes Doran's heart beat faster. However, when the singularly unpleasant Mr. Mumbray moves to town, he has the tendency to make the collect...more
I was excited to read this mystery as Mollie Hardwick wrote 'Upstairs, Downstairs' too. I picked up 4 in this series at a booksale. It was very slow starting for me. Not until the last 1/3 of the book did it pick up. It took that long for the dastardly neighbor to get his comeuppance and the sleuthing start. But the final 1/3 was grand. Never in a million years would I have guessed the culprit! I guess I'll read the other 3 now!
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Mollie Greenhalgh Hardwick was an English author who was best known for writing books that accompanied the TV series Upstairs, Downstairs.

As well as writing many Upstairs, Downstairs, Thomas & Sarah and The Duchess of Duke Street novels, she was also the creator of the Doran Fairweather novels and wrote three Juliet Bravo books. Hardwick also wrote many books and plays based around the Sherloc...more
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