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—the entire community is shaken. Especially since Charlie’s is just the first in a series of shocking and suspicious deaths. Always ready with a cup of tea and an ear to the latest gossip, Mrs. Malory finds herself back in the saddle trying to solve another mystery. But the trail of clues, from an unlucky horseshoe to a lethal electric fence, proves to be anything but a smooth ride.
About the Author
Hazel Holt is the author of seven previous Mrs. Malory novels. She was a personal friend and literary advisor to Barbara Pym, and the author of Pym's official biography. A former television critic and feature writer, she lives in Somerset, England.
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Mrs. Malory and a Time to Die (Mrs. Malory Series #18) based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Not the best of the series, but it was nice to revisit Taviscombe and its characters and catch up with the lives of Sheila Mallory, her friend Rosemary, and their families. A series of mysterious deaths centered around a friend's riding stable gets Mrs. Mallory's investigative instincts going, but the explanation is one even she had not considered. Aging and its attendant concerns are a theme of the book, and also, perhaps, in evidence in the writing; a sprained ankle on page one becomes a wrist a few pages later, and one of Mrs. Mallory's cousins must have the oldest Siamese cat in existence, since the cousin was a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the war, got the cat "in her fourth decade," and it's still alive in what appears to be contemporary London (mobile phones are in use, at least). But these are small quibbles, and the book was quite enjoyable.
Mrs. Malory and her family and circle of friends are old friends to the readers who enjoy them. Hazel Holt has a top notch writing style and presents her characters very clearly and very sympathetically. "Mrs. Malory and a Time to Die" is one of her best Mrs. Malory stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
This book was enjoyable and easy to read. The characters are well developed and likeable. This is a good sit down in the evening and excape for a few hours. I do recommend this book and the others in the series.