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The Cruellest Month by Hazel Holt

The Cruellest Month (1991)

by Hazel Holt

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Series: Sheila Malory (2)

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    GeraniumCat: An atmospheric Oxford setting provides a splendidly cosy murder mystery.

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Once again I enjoyed a mystery with roots in World War II. This time it was Sheila Malory, literary critic and indefatigable volunteer in the village of Taviscombe, who is visiting Oxford and solves the mystery. Hazel Holt was a friend and literary executor of Barbara Pym and one can see why. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
In The Cruellest Month, Sheila Malory visits Oxford where her son is studying. She arrives to find him upset by the death of a staff member in the Bodleian Library so, rather reluctantly, she begins to investigate the circumstances and finds that memories from her own past are raked up. Meanwhile, she is staying with friends in one of those chaotic academic households that would drive anyone with an ounce of organisation absolutely demented - it's a wonderful portrait that really enriches this book and makes a wonderful contrast to, say, Gaudy Night (Dorothy Sayers) which I've also just read.

On the face of it a "cosy" mystery, The Cruellest Month is very much in the Sayers tradition, and is my favourite of the Mrs Malory books. ( )
  GeraniumCat | Sep 26, 2012 |
While visiting in Oxford to do some research, Sheila Malory is drawn to investigate the death of a very unpleasant librarian whose death has been ruled an accident. Despite a charming Oxford setting, I found this book disappointing. The heroine comes off as a rather officious busybody. ( )
  Bjace | Apr 24, 2012 |
Kind of a thin plot, but the character development in this second installment of the Mrs. Malory series is well done. Mrs. Malory begins to emerge as a more complex, fallible, and interesting character. And the descriptions of Oxford and the Bodleian Library, as well as the connections to Dorothy Sayers and _Gaudy Night_, are all delightful for and Anglophile book geek like myself. ( )
  rvhatha | Aug 5, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451403134, Mass Market Paperback)

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. PW.

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The death of a librarian in Oxford's New Bodleian library stirs Sheila Malory to probe the victim's past.

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