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Mrs. Malory and the Fatal Legacy (Mrs. Malory Mysteries #10)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When Shelia Malory ran into her old college chum, Beth, now a bestselling novelist, she expected a pleasant lunch, some reminiscing, and a little harmless gossip. What she didn't expect was her friend to wind up dead shortly after their meeting. Now Sheila must act as literary executer, which means sifting through Beth's papers and letters, writing her biography, and prepa ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Signet (first published February 19th 1999)
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I'm reading this series out of order, but it doesn't seem to matter. Mrs. Malory visits with an old friend, a bestselling literary author, who dies shortly afterward. Mrs. Malory finds herself in the position of literary executor. She's also supposed to write Beth's biography but discovers that she didn't know her friend as well as she suspected. The more she knows the more deadly the stakes become. It's a well-written mystery with interesting characters, Mrs. Malory first and foremost. I hope t ...more
Another mystery with academic tendencies. Sheila Malory writes literary criticism and this one involves the death of her fellow writer and old college friend. Sheila finds herself appointed as her friend's literary executor and as she sorts papers and letters, she begins to wonder if the death really was suicide. Very enjoyable, even though this one is a bit darker in tone than the rest of the series that I've read so far. Still has a lot of the cozy, English village feel...but this story has be ...more
An excellent Mrs. Malory tale that involves her literary criticism publishers and the group of her youth Oxford days. Much of this one is in London and also includes a 3 day to Greece. And the mystery is fine and more difficult to discern this time too. Or was it an accidental suicide, rather than a murder? Quick read with decent reveal, but my only complaint is AFTER the reveal. Regardless, very entertaining and another cat takes central stage too at her cousin Hilda's (love this new character) ...more
Mrs Malory becomes lterary executor for a friend. And the death appeared to be such a stupid mistake. This opens the door for one of Hazel Holt's best stories. Mrs Malory must go through all the letters, manuscripts, and notebooks and is to try and write a biography. However, the more she looks the less she feels she knows her old friends from Oxford and their families. Very well written is Ms Holt's wonderful style - gentle calm and building slowly to a civilized ending.
Apr 08, 2014 Mo rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Not Recommended
I wouldn’t even know where to begin to review this novel… the focal character is a complete BONEHEAD!


Virginia Walter
One of Mrs. Malory's old college friends became a noted novelist; and when the woman dies, Sheila is named her literary executor. It turns out that her life held secrets that led to her murder, and Mrs. Malory uses her intuition and literary analytical skills to figure out who did it.
This book's plot was perhaps suggested by Holt's own experiences as Barbara Pym's literary executor. I hope she didn't find herself in as much hot water as Sheila Malory in this book! Interesting insights into what being a literary executor is like, and decent plot.
Some interesting musings on how things change as we grow older. You feel the closeness of her ties to college friends, and the effect when they start dying.
Sandy Weir
Another cozy Sheila Malory mystery... I liked the scene change to London and Cousin Hilary's house. Good character, too!
sad, mildly sordid with a classic golden age ending
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liked it - off to the next hazel holt mystery
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Agatha Christie type mystery. Cute!
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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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