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Gone Away (Mrs. Malory Mysteries #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  416 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Everyone knows that impertinent Lee Montgomery is marrying Charles Richardson for his money. After Lee vanishes, Charles' friends breathe a sigh of relief. But Charles loves his pretty fiancee and is determined to get her back. In this quest he enlists the talents of Mrs. Sheila Malory, whose pastimes include reading nineteenth-century novels and ferreting out the truth. M ...more
Published (first published February 2nd 1989)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Book Description: The first book in the delightful British cozy mystery series featuring Mrs. Sheila Malory, a plain-spoken widow residing in the little seaside town of Taviscombe, England. When pretty but avaricious Lee Montgomery disappears, her fiancé Charles Richardson (an old flame of Mrs. M's) enlists Mrs. Malory's help. The dauntless Mrs. Malory soon suspects the worst. Little does she realize the terrible secrets her investigation will reveal....

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Mar 30, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Mrs. Sheila Malory is a literary middle-aged widow who putters between charities, neighbors, chores and pets, and who finds herself suddenly involved in a search for a missing person that becomes murder. This small English village drama escapes being too Miss Marple; not only is Sheila Malory younger, but she also has a much more hopeful and warm-hearted approach to people than Miss Marple does, who is famously known for thinking the worst of everyone. Mrs. Malory reminds me more of the characte ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 13, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published as Mrs. Malory Investigates in 1989, Gone Away follows the investigation into the death of a gold-digging real-estate agent (“estate agent” in BritSpeak) who goes missing. The investigator, Sheila Malory, a retired widow, doesn’t even really like the shallow Lee Montgomery, who freely admits that her interest in her fiancé, Sheila’s friend Charles Richardson, centers on his money and his capacity to help her real-estate firm with his business acumen. (Charles, for his part, seems ...more
This is the first in the Mrs. Mallory mystery series. It was originally title Mrs. Mallory Investigates. Overall, this was a good mystery, though I hated the ending. It was beyond sad and a little depressing, at least to me. This is the first time I’ve read a cozy mystery where I actually wanted the killer to be someone else.

Having said that, the reason for the murder also didn’t really make sense. To me, it kind of came out of nowhere. And, it didn’t really ring as a motive for murder to me. I
Sandy Weir
Oct 20, 2011 Sandy Weir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan gave this one to me... GREAT choice, Susan! First in a group... lucy coincidence! Love the writing style (certainly the adverbs)... and Mrs. Malory HAS to be in first person, because she is you or she is ME! Have to admire her "confusion" and admitting all sorts of personal inadequacies. She ends up achieving her quest for knowledge most successfully. Yes, I cried, too, Mrs. Malory! Hint: I ordered a few more.
Not heavy, light as a well prepared scone!
Jun 07, 2010 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to my well-read and generous daughter-in-law, I now have privy to her entire Hazel Holt series starring Mrs. Malory, amateur sleuth extraordinaire. This is the 1st in the series and has our middle-aged matron helping a long-time friend discover who has murdered his intended. Another small English village succumbs to murderers and various other scoundrels. Is any place safe???
Katherine Clark
I have stopped my reading frenzy and am binging television lately. I say this because I know it makes an impact on anything I happen to be reading. Since I'm not in a reading mood, it is hard to fairly judge what it is I am reading. (Hopefully, this being out of the reading mood will pass soon.) Anyway, it took me too long to read this relatively slight book. When I began it, I liked it a lot--it reminded me a bit of E. X. Ferrars, one of my favorite writers. I think it was Holt's ability to dra ...more
Nancy Wilson
This was simply a decent mystery though I had a niggling idea that I knew who did it--and I was right. There was nothing overwhelming about it--none of the characters immediately appealed to me or freaked me out or anything. I think I would maybe give it a B- or C+.
Sep 09, 2012 I. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this one, even though it was published in 1989 it has the feel of a book set 20 years before, which is OK.
Added #2 to my list

The Author's writing style is very pleasant and the characters are those that readers of classic village mysteries will enjoy
Feb 03, 2016 SarahC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this Hazel Holt mystery. I am not a big reader of mysteries, but I do enjoy a well-written English cozy mystery. I like the style of the main character, Sheila Malory. She leads an ordinary life in a small town, dealing with middle age, widowhood, friends and connections from the past. Holt deals with the characters and the settings in a way that draws the reader in. She gives us a murder victim that the other characters mostly just try to like when she moves into town engaged to their ...more
May 30, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had had Hazel Holt on my list of "to reads" for a long time and finally got around to it. I would have to give this a B and that is fine for the nights when I want a non-complex bit of reading. I am sure I will read more or her work.
Carmel Lile
Feb 06, 2011 Carmel Lile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character is my age (with grown children) and I enjoyed her perspective and also the author's writing, but the ending was, for the most part, easy to figure out.
May 26, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
Really would say this was a 3.5, but I rounded up.

This is a new cozy mystery series, new to me i should say. First interesting thing is that the protagonist’s name is spelled differently on the cover of the edition I have than everywhere else in the series. On the cover it is Mallory and inside the book and for the rest of the series it is Malory. Just weird, maybe an American versus English difference, I don’t know. Anyhow, on to the rest of the book.

Traditional British cozy village mystery wit
Sep 08, 2011 Ally rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
(From my blog at - Reviews of Independent and Small-Press Publications.)

It all begins with a simple request from an old friend. Charles rings Sheila Malory from America to tell her he hasn’t heard from his fiancée, Lee, in several days. She was in Sheila’s village of Taviscombe making prepartions for their wedding. Would Sheila please made enquiries for him?

Oh, what a slippery slope! Who would have thought that a sleepy little English village could harbor so mu
Aug 11, 2014 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a cozy mystery series that takes place in a wonderful English village. The main character, Mrs. Malory is a young widow, I think somewhere in her 50's and she fills her life with works of charity, time with good friends being at home with her lovable Siamese cat and her rambunctious Westy dog and reading and writing about Victorian age novels.

The story opens with Mrs. Malory having drinks with some friends and one of her close friends, Charles, introducing his soon to be wif
Maria McGrath
Aug 10, 2011 Maria McGrath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have loved this series for years, and I may have read this one years ago, since it was pretty clear to me who the culprit was, but it was such a pleasure to dive into the chilly moorland and small-town life Hazel Holt describes. Before there was Precious Ramotswe, there was Sheila Mallory, and the similarities of these books really strike me. There's a sense of slowing down, that everything will get done in good time. I like the mysteries, but I love the descriptions of mundane household chore ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Yvette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

A pretty okay read. The mystery is serviceable, and the writing is simple (not much skill displayed there tbh). Don't think I would be reading the rest of this series unless I'm desperate for Miss Marple alternatives.
Deb Moehrke
Nov 17, 2015 Deb Moehrke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheila Malory lives in the village of Taviscombe. She is asked by an old friend to find out what happened to his fiancée. Lee Montgomery, who seems to be missing. Integrated with a pleasant tale of village life is the mystery of who Lee really is and what happened to her. This is the first in a series about Sheila Malory. I'll have to read the rest! A nice cozy mystery. I came across this browsing the shelves of my local library. It is always fun to find a new series and the ones they don't own ...more
Jan 01, 2015 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy cozy mysteries, especially British ones, and I am currently looking for a new series to get into. Unfortunately, after reading this first in the Mrs. Malory series, I have no desire to read any more. The mystery was OK, nothing great, but the characters weren't well developed and were pretty stereotypical. Mrs. Malory was just plain boring.
This is book #1 in the Shelia Malory mysteries. I read a lot of British mysteries, but this author's style of writing took some getting use to - the words just didn't flow. I also wasn't sure of some of the British dialogue, but it got easier the longer I read. It really was the strangest ending - I'm reading along and WHAM it's over. I'm still debating whether to try another book in the series because I really did like the main character.
Jul 14, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I won this book from Nan at Letters from a Hill Farm. I really enjoyed this mystery and read it within a few hours it seems.

Ms. Malory's friend Charles is planning on marrying Lee Montgomery. Lee wanted to meet with Ms. Malory. She did let her know that she wasn't madly in love with him, but likes him and since he was wealthy, it would help her out of a sticky situation. Lee ends up disappearing. Lee's receptionist knows a few things and tells Ms. Malorey who is sworn to secrecy. Lee is seen wi
Apr 04, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Story of Mrs. M's old friend Charles whose fiance is murdered. What is up with her?
British seaside town.
Dec 17, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what a treat! A tidbit read, quick and easy, but quite satisfying in humor and in plot. Sheila is superb, because she is as real as she is entertaining. And I will remedy missing this series when it was written by reading them all 20 years after the fact. Different country, but the exact same small town "meet up" factors and multiple connection relationships within my lake village Michigan, USA. And they dish and know habits in precisely the same way, as well. In this first book the awful, b ...more
Sep 17, 2015 Penn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sampling some "cozy mysteries." Zippy, light read.
Nov 09, 2012 Villager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Malory is a younger version of Miss. Marple. Just a widower in a small, country town in England. She knows most of the folks in town ... and has a uniquely inquisitive mind able to connect the dots. I enjoyed the story. I still don't know why an African American man who has never been to England is so enamored by British detectives, spies and widowed busy-bodies with a penchant for solving crimes ... but, I'm going to continue to go for it. I suspect that I will read more of Hazel Holt's no ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Tessa rated it liked it
A good start to the series featuring Sheila Mallory.
Jun 18, 2016 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Feb 02, 2016 Christine rated it liked it
Glad to discover this author!
Jun 14, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheila Malory is asked to help find a friend's missing fiancee--he's busy with work in America, and hasn't heard from Lee in several weeks. But the more Sheila finds out about Lee the less she likes the woman. Still, she doesn't wish her any ill, until she finds out what happened to Lee's first husband. By now, the village of Taviscombe must have a mortality rate similar to Cabot Cove, but these mysteries are much better written than "Jessica Fletcher's" books.
Sep 11, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in a series starring Sheila Malory, a 50-something widowed woman who lives alone in a cottage in the West Country of England. She keeps busy with her volunteer work and socializing, and in the process stumbles upon a body. It's a pretty standard murder mystery. It reminds me a lot of other series I read, such as Jeanne Dams' books.

This is a light, simple, British murder mystery, but sometimes that's just what I'm looking for.
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Hazel Holt is a British novelist. She studied at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham, England, and then Newnham College, Cambridge. She went on to work at the International African Institute in London, where she became acquainted with the novelist Barbara Pym, whose biography she later wrote. She also finished one of Pym's novels after Pym died.

Holt wrote her first novel in her six
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