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

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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The characters were interesting enough as to keep me reading this book and rate it as 'okay'. I even enjoyed some of the literary elements. It was choppy, however, and I had to force myself to push ahead and finish it.
Cathy Cole
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
St. Crispin's Village, although not quiet per se, is at least restful. Until Leonard Mumbray retires to the village and tries to exact evil upon its townsfolk, with words here or suggestions there. Extortion, blackmail, threats, sneers...whatever it takes to stir up trouble. And trouble leads to deaths, including suicides and murder.
Miss Doran Fairweather doesn't like it, not one bit. And if Christie had written Ms. Marple at age 26, it might have been Miss Fairweat
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this book along with another mystery at a pretty cool book store ... hole in the wall book store.

It had a slow start, and then it dragged on too long. The pacing wasn't my style. Furthermore, I had no interest in the perfect main heroine Doran. I also did not appreciate the sexual scenes, even though they were more or less 'behind the scenes'; I don't see how it adds anything to the story. How did Doran having a time with that real estate agent bring forth anything productive to the story?
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
Margaret Pinard
Doran is a shortening for Dora Ann, so I believe the author meant it to be pronounced like "Moran."
Entertaining drop into a picturesque English coastal village, where several people's lives will be subjected to Doran's poking and prodding, a la Jessica from Murder, She Wrote. But she's young, and pretty, and still trying to figure shit out. I liked it. :) I figure the lofty literary references between Doran and her love interest make up for the slightly heavy info dump about characters at
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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!
Miss Lemon
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good little mystery. My favorite location...little quaint town in England. It is modern day (can't have everything, I'm more for 20's 30's) but the characters are believeable and the protaganist well done, not too clever but clever enough. So worth a look.
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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
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