The Cruellest Month (Mrs. Malory Mystery ; no. 2)

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When snoopy, unliked Gwen Richmond is brutally murdered, buried under a collapsed shelf of rare books, Mrs. Malory, in Oxford to do a little research, decides to review the long list of possible suspects. Reprint.

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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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Bland Sheila Malory (the widow heroine of Mrs. Malory Investigates) settles her son in at Oxford, then retires to the Bodleian Library, arguably the nicest setting a mystery could have, to research an article on little-known Victorian authors. Her godson Tony, a shy Bodleian staffer, is helpful but fretful: it was he who, a short while back, discovered irascible Gwen Richmond dead in the stacks. The police deemed it an accident, but Tony has found two clues--and with them the dull, naive Mrs. Malory begins delving. She learns that Gwen was hated by many and may have been blackmailing some, including Tony's financially overwhelmed sweetheart; an elderly scholar from Harvard; and the inimitable Fitz, a don under whose spell Sheila and her youthful love Rupert fell years ago as undergraduates. Whodunit? Certainly not the author, who is, correctly, more interested in Bodleian accoutrements, Oxford byways, and bittersweet remembrances of romance. Not as complicated as the author may have intended, but one of the world's great libraries is always worth a visit. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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