Book List in Order: 24 titles

  • Arson and murder in the English countryside from the author of Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End . . . In the wake of a reporter’s death, biographer Sheila Malory must dig through the remnants of his life to discover the devil in the details . . ...


  • Barbara Pym is a writer of whom it may be truly said that her life is reflected in her work. This definitive biography puts Barbara in her setting and relates her life to the age and the world in which she lived. Drawing on a wealth of previously u...


  • When Sheila Malory fills in for a friend at a local charity shop in the quiet English town of Taviscombe, she’s happy for the change of scene. It will give her a chance to deal with interesting books, meet new people, and above all, work for a good...


  • The village of Mere Barton would be a different place without local busybody Annie Roberts. Standing only five feet tall, the tireless retired nurse organizes and oversees all local activity with military precision. When Sheila Malory gets roped into...


  • Hazel Holt has published 19 Mrs. Malory mysteries in the tradition of Barbara Pym and has admirers around the world. My Dear Charlotte is a departure from her other work. It is a novel-in-letters written "with the assistance of Jane Austen's letters....


  • Sheila Malory's old friends Charlie and Jo Hamilton run a popular riding school in the quiet English town of Taviscombe. When Charlie is found dead in his stables from a blow to the head -- with only his horses as witnesses to his final moments -- th...


  • Sheila Malory is less than thrilled when her loathsome cousin Bernard comes to Taviscombe looking for information to complete his family tree. After all, she's got better things to do than listen to Bernard's pompous genealogical lectures and watch h...


  • There is no doubt that John Morrison is an accomplished doctor. But his arrogant manner has made him many enemies in Taviscombe -- even the patients he care for don't much care for him. So it is not entirely surprising when he is found stabbed to dea...


  • The entire village of Taviscombe is sent reeling when Sidney Middleton, a popular and respected pillar of the community, dies in a tragic accident. However, it soon becomes apparent that his death was a most deliberate act. How could someone so likab...






  • Dr. Doolittle he's not. In fact, the new veterinarian in town, Dr. Malcolm Hardy, hardly has any kennel-side manner at all. His patients squirm and bark in his presence--and the humans in this quiet, English town don't fancy him, either. Even genial ...


  • Sheila Malory takes on the unenviable task of sorting through her dear friend Leonora's voluminous estate when she passes on. Although she was in her 80s, dying from drinking contaminated water seems an unfitting end for a former journalist whose lif...


  • When a schoolteacher at a prestigious English prep school dies suddenly, Mrs. Malory gets shanghaied into being a substitute teacher. She's more than a little uneasy about facing a classroom full of know-it-all teenage girls. To her surprise, they ar...


  • In a small town like Taviscombe, England, everyone knows everything about everyone--thanks to the dedicated efforts of local gossips and busybodies. So when the extremely unsavory Gordon Masefield is murdered, world of mouth spreads like fire...and b...


  • in And the Dying is Easy

    WHAT I SOLVED ON MY SUMMER VACATION. Detectives make their reputations solving cases of murder and mayhem. Ever wonder what happens when they try to get away from it all? In this summertime crime spree, twenty of today's best mystery writers--f...


  • 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 ...


  • Wealthy socialite Freda Spencer strikes terror in the hearts of other members of Brunswick Lodge, the community center where Sheila Malory and her friends volunteer. Her overbearing and highbrow ways make more enemies than friends. But she becomes gr...


  • London solicitor Graham Percy has always been a trial, but Mrs. Malory's kindhearted late husband never could turn his back on his old Oxford acquaintance. Now Mrs. Malory has inherited the persnickety, long-winded bachelor and his interminable four-...


  • Mrs. Sheila Malory and actor David Beaumont have been friends since their salad days. Less green today, David is scrambling to save his charming, much-mortgaged cottage located across from the famed Royal Shakespeare Theatre. When his brother, the ha...


  • DEADLY EVICTION When Dr. Cowley, the greedy local physician of Taviscombe, plans to turn a prime oceanside building, occupied by the very elderly Miss Graham, into a profitable nursing home, Mrs. Malory becomes worried about the fate of her dear f...


  • MURDER 101 When Mrs. Sheila Malory leaves her cat and English village to teach a literature course at a small American college, she finds herself right at home. There she meets Professor Carl Loring and his curator brother, Max, who, between them,...


  • THE LADY VANISHES Sweet, very rich Mrs. Edith Rossiter would be better off dead--for a surprising number of people. Her greedy daughter covets her fortune. Her son wants large sums of cash. And the family of her gravely ill sister would get a fat ...


  • THE CASE OF THE DEAD LITERARY LION Character assassinations take place daily in genteel Taviscombe, particularly between long-time residents and upstart newcomers. But genuine bloody murder almost never happens in the cozy English Village--until t...


  • THE CASE OF THE WICKED, LIBRARIAN The death of spinster Gwen Richmond seemed excessively nasty even for a most unlikable, snoopy woman. Her fatal burial under a collapsed shelf of rare books had forced the Bodleian Library to close and cast a pall...


  • THE CASE OF THE VANISHING FIANCEE That brash young woman called Lee Montgomery is no doubt marrying Charles Richardson for his money. That's the unequivocal conclusion of Sheila Malory's circle of friends. Despite their disapproval, Mrs. Malory an...