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by Hazel Holt

eBook The Cruellest Month download ISBN: 1603810528
Author: Hazel Holt
Publisher: Coffeetown Press (April 19, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 196
ePub: 1687 kb
Fb2: 1965 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Mystery
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In this second traditional English cosy mystery by Hazel Holt, widow and amateur sleuth Sheila Malory is doing some work at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University-where a body is found.

In this second traditional English cosy mystery by Hazel Holt, widow and amateur sleuth Sheila Malory is doing some work at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University-where a body is found. This isn't a police procedural-the death is thought to be an accident-but Sheila and her interesting cast of friends and acquaintances are not so sure.

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In The Cruellest Month, the death of a librarian in Oxford's New Bodleian library stirs Sheila Malory, whom readers first met in Mrs. Malory Investigates, to probe the victim's past. Sheila's godson Tony, who works at the library, finds Ms. Richmond crushed under some collapsed bookshelves. Could Gwen have been a blackmailer? Could she have been murdered?

Holt’s second Mrs. Malory Mystery explores both modern Oxford and rural wartime England with just the perfect balance of humor, introspection and vulnerability (St. Petersburg Times).

Holt’s second Mrs. St. Petersburg Times. Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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The Cruellest Month book. I always enjoy Hazel Holt's books and I think this is my favourite so far. Being set in Oxford and the Bodleian is a big plus and I found the reflections and revelations of past lives very moving. Originally published on my blog here in October 1998. The Cruellest Monthis Holt's second novel to feature Sheila Malory.

Her relaxing idyll is interrupted when a librarian, Gwen Richmond, is crushed to death beneath collapsed bookshelves.

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Publisher & Date: Pan (1993). Excellent : Great condition, may have one very minor issue such as shelf ware or age discoloration. Good : Describes the average used worn book that has all pages or leaves present. See all 3 pre-owned listings. The Cruellest Month by Hazel Holt (Paperback, 1993). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Widow Sheila Malory has been looking forward to her stay at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as a chance to research wartime women writers and catch up with old friends from her college years, the one “purely happy” time in her whole life. Her relaxing idyll is interrupted when a librarian, Gwen Richmond, is crushed to death beneath collapsed bookshelves. After the “accident” proves to be murder, Mrs. Malory’s godson Tony, who also works in the library, asks her to help investigate. Gwen was manipulative and unpleasant, so there are no shortage of suspects. The dead woman’s World War II diary reveal dreadful truths that may lead to the killer; they will also force Mrs. Malory to revisit the past in a new and colder light. The Cruellest Month is the second of Hazel Holt’s Mrs. Malory mysteries.
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This is the 2nd book in the Mrs.Malory series by Hazel Holt. Sheila Malory takes her son back to school in Oxford. She was a student there in the past. She stays at a friend's house so she can do research in the Bodleian Library on Victorian authors. She learns from her godson Tony that there was a death at the library that was called an accident. Tony discovered Gwen Richmond under some turned over shelves in the library. Tony is disturbed as some of the details don't add up to an accident. Mrs. Malory starts to investigate.

Sheila delves into the past and present life of Gwen Richmond. She is given Gwen's journal from the war time to read. Gwen liked the power of knowing information about people that they would not want made public.

I have read two books now in the series and both books held a twist or secret that took me by surprise. This series is so likable because of the main character Sheila Malory. She could be someone that we know. One can relate to her. It is a very cozy mystery series and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
It reads fast because beside being a good mystery, it shows great story telling.
This is the first time that I have read a book by Holt, I enjoyed this well written story and will be be sure to read more of her books.
Apparently, everyone has a secret or two, so discovers Sheila Malory while she is at the Bodleian researching data for her upcoming article on little know Victorian authors; and meeting up with old friends.

The rather unpleasant Gwen Richmond was discovered crushed under an avalanche of old books. How could that have happened on its own, things like that don't just happen. But then again, Gwen was a blackmailer, so I guess something's are possible. Delving into Gwen's past, Sheila uncovers quite a few irregularities and with the help of an old journal, the truth soon comes to light.

Unfortunately, not all of the truths that Sheila finds on this trip bring her the peace of mind that she was searching for. Sometimes it's best to keep our past the past and hopefully, the future won't be tarnished with the unscrupulous deeds of others.

I enjoy these older cozy mysteries; they aren't clog up with over the top stupidity that seems to be prevalent in the genre day. Sometimes the writer will wander off the course a bit, but that's OK because there aren't pets with above human intelligence or a man rushing in to save the day. The stories stay true to what a good old-fashioned mystery used to be.
Curses, Hazel Holt! You get me every time! Your mystery novels have thus far suffered from the same difficulties: dreadful dialogue, lousy characters, smug pretensions. But then, Holt, you introduce some interesting and/or unexpected twists to the plot, and I find myself -- against my better judgment -- adding an extra star to the review and breaking my vow not to read another Mrs. Malory mystery.

The title of Holt's The Cruellest Month is emblematic of the problem with the entire novel. There's a reference, of course, to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, but it doesn't quite fit. That's the only reference in the entire book to Eliot or the poem -- a promise of a clever connection that never comes to pass. Take that as a metaphor for this novel as whole.

Sheila Malory, a widow who dabbles in literary criticism, fell a bit short of the mark in Gone Away, the first in this mystery series. In that novel, Mrs. Malory was a bit too earnest, the dialogue a bit wooden, and the secondary characters a bit flat, but some clever plotting and Mrs. Malory's utter likeableness proved enough to overcome the failings of Gone Away.

In The Cruellest Month, all of the problems of the first novel intensify: Mrs. Malory comes off as smug and judgmental rather than simply earnest, the other characters morph into caricatures, and the dialogue -- particularly that coming from Sheila's son Michael and the Bodleian librarian Tony Stirling -- simply comes off as unbelievable. The pair of them sound more like taciturn old men bemoaning the disrespect and fecklessness of these young whippersnappers than as realistic twenty-somethings. Holt simply doesn't have any ear at all for how young people think or speak.

Holt's premise -- an elderly librarian's death at Oxford's New Bodleian Library turns out not to be accidental after all -- promises an intriguing mystery, just as the title promised some clever literary connections; here, though, Holt actually follows through. As much as I hated myself for it, whereas I had loathed the first half of The Cruellest Month, I found myself glued to the slim volume for the last half of the book, particularly when Holt begins to poke around into the victim's World War II experiences.

It's too bad. I really wanted to call it quits after The Cruelest Month, but I fear I'll eventually succumb and read the next novel in the series, The Shortest Journey -- particularly if it turns out to be a cheap read in the Kindle format. O, Ivonne, be strong, be strong and resist!
As a long-time Barbara Pym fan, I was curious about Hazel Holt's mysteries. I had previously read her biography of Pym who was her colleague and friend. So, perhaps it was not fair of me to expect or hope for Pymean wit in the work of Ms. Holt. Certainly I found little of it. The main character, Sheila Mallory is a likeable, if dim, amateur sleuth of the bumbling variety. Her various stabs at a solution to the murder of an assistant employed by the Bodlean Library are pathetic. Ultimately, the mystery is easy to solve simply because the list of suspects is so small. The book would be pleasant enough given its Oxford setting, but was ruined for me by the depiction of homosexuals. They are shown as scheming and cruel. (Saying more about their motivations would constitute a spoiler.) Strangely, a novel that seems intended as a pleasant read ends up as a mean-spirited exercise in cliched characters.
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