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by Hazel Holt

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 fiancée 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. Mrs. Malory, a reluctant amateur detective, is soon convinced that Lee has been the victim of foul play. The residents of the sleepy seaside village of Taviscombe, England, are about to discover just how difficult it is to keep their terrible secrets with Mrs. Malory on the case.
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ISBN: 1603810501
ISBN13: 978-1603810500
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Hazel Holt
Language: English
Publisher: Coffeetown Press (April 19, 2010)
Pages: 176 pages
ePUB size: 1530 kb
FB2 size: 1644 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 605
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I enjoyed this quite a lot, and the ending was surprising and well done. I actually felt empathy for the murderer. A nice change from the repellent Hannibal Lecter types that dominate mysteries these days! Mrs Malory is a middle-aged widow (and expert on Victorian novelists)in a small English village, and gets involved when an old friend asks her to check on his missing fiancee. She finds out quite a lot about the fiancee--who turns out to be a nasty piece of work--and about her old friend as well as other people she has known, or thought she knew, for a long time. If you like a mystery with an emphasis on character and motivation, with well-written atmosphere and background, you will enjoy this. The Kindle edition has some odd indents, and a couple of strange misspellings--"serum" for scrum and tea "towers" rather than tea towels, but it was readable and the price is very reasonable.
"Gone Away" was truly a very gentle comfortable cozy mystery. However, the victim probably wouldn't agree. The U.S. title of this book is called "Mrs. Malory Investigates" Sheila Malory is a widow who lives in the village of Taviscombe, England. Her son Michael is away at Oxford. She receives a call from her childhood friend Charles who is living and working in the U.S.. His girlfriend Lee who he is going to marry seems to have disappeared. He asks Mrs. Malory to see if she can locate Lee. Mrs. Malory recently met Lee and did not care for her. The reader is taken on a journey with Mrs. Malory as she talks to her friends and residents of Taviscombe. She is the one who finds Lee who has been murdered. Mrs. Malory continues her investigation to find out who committed the crime.

As I read this book I thought "This is really a very cozy mystery." The readers see Mrs. Malory at home with her pets and making lunches and drinks. One sees her daily village life activities along with her investigation. She is a very likable person.

I knew who the murderer was but was surprised at the murderer's reason for killing Lee. The ending too was different than most mystery books. It was a fast cozy read and the style was different than many mystery books. Besides being a mystery writer, Hazel Holt is a very good story teller.
These are solid mysteries with great plots, good dialogue, characters with dimensions--- intelligent entertainment. They are sophisticated cozies. No silly shenanigans. Exceptional writing.

I have enjoyed the books in this series. The writing is intelligent, clever, smooth, and engaging. The books are set in in a fictional English village outside of London, and were originally published in the late 1980s.

Thank goodness they are being republished. I enjoy reading them more than Agatha Christie. They are fun and enticing. The characters are interesting and well-developed enough to propel you through the various, intriguing plots, which always have twists and turns. No one character is overdone to the point of being annoying.

Mrs. Mallory is an enjoyable, resilient, smart, thoughtful, compassionate character whom I enjoy visiting. Her cast of regulars are a great support team with their own story lines. She even has a cat and two dogs. She also adds interesting new characters to suit the cases and murders in each new book. The books are not stuffy.

This first book did not disappoint and involves a missing fiancee. Did she run away? Was she driven away? Is she dead? Did the person who asked Mrs. Mallory to find her do away with her? And just who is she anyway?

I don't like to write reviews that tell too much. You can find details if you like. I just want you to know that if you enjoy British mysteries and smart writing, give this a try. So many of the greats are gone: P.D. James and Christie, whom I mentioned. It's hard to trust authors with your money these days. If I see Hazel Holt's name, I know I'm in for a good read, and so are you.
Written with dry British humor and a captivating sense of time and place, these classics mysteries are charming. Widowed and self deprecating Mrs. Malory goes quietly through the church and charity rhythms of village and academic life. But she never backs away from seeing things as they really. It seems that only the first 7 and last few of the 21 book series have appeared on Kindle. I’m hoping more become downloadable because my old paperbacks are falling apart.
I read my first Hazel Holt on the recommendation of a friend, and felt like I had made a new friend in Mrs. Mallory. I decided to start reading the series from the beginning, and although not strictly neccessary, I found this one useful in establishing her background, lifestyle and environment, as well as having an intriguing plot. I never see the point in reviewers simply re-hashing a synopsis of the plot, which you can read in the blurb and editorial reviews. Suffice it to say if you like 'cosy' mysteries with an authentic English background and a thoroughly likeable protagonist, with a well written, easy reading style you will love Hazel Holt's Mrs. Mallory series. I'm looking forward to working my way through them all.
BEWARE! This is the same book by a different title ( original title is Mrs. Malory Investigates) and cover that is available in libraries, etc. Very disappointing to buy it and find that I had already read it. I love her books but be sure you're not buying something you've already read.
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It's easy reading but not very exciting. This is the author's first book, so hopefully her later books were more interesting. I read this for a mystery book club. Some members liked it more than I did.
Very nice cozy mystery. I read this book for my mystery book club. It was enjoyable, kept the reader guessing to the end. Setting is in England which I always appreciate. This author's Mrs. Malory is similar to Christie's Miss Marple, but not quite. I would recommend this book to any mystery reader who enjoys a good who done it without the gore of many a mystery.