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Gone Away (Paperback)
This is the first book in the Mrs. Malory series. This first story sees Mrs. Malory asked by an old friend to investigate his fiancé, Lee Montgomery, as she has gone missing. Never one to turn down a friend in need, Mrs. Malory agrees to look into it. What she discovers is a woman who can be charming when it suits her, but underneath it all is greedy, manipulative and vindictive. When Mrs. Malory finds Lee, that’s when the real mystery begins!
I have said it before, but…this is a fantastic mystery series. Smart, very English and relaxing to read. They are in the Agatha Christie style of cozy, in that they don’t have a lot (if any) of violence, foul language or adult scenes. They remind me of a slightly more up-to-date version of the Mrs. Marple series. They are a relaxing read.
Hazel Holt does a great job of showing the emotions of the characters in each story, and showing the motivations for each of the main protagonists. This allows you, or at least me, to empathize with the people in the story, and helping to further suck me into the mystery Hazel Holt is spinning around me.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice classic style cozy mystery and/or for those who love all things English (don’t be put off by the cat on the cover, Mrs. Malory occasionally feeds her animals, but that is the extent of their involvement in the story!).— Amber
The first book in the delightful British cozy mystery series featuring Mrs. Sheila Malory, a plain-spoken widow residing in the little seaside town of Taviscombe, England. When pretty but avaricious Lee Montgomery disappears, her fiance Charles Richardson enlists Mrs. Malory's help. The dauntless Mrs. Malory soon suspects the worst. Little does she realize the terrible secrets her investigation will reveal....