Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word {+ Giveaway}

 Series: Mrs. Malory Mystery
 Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
 Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
 Publisher: NAL (May 3, 2016)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 1101990635
 ISBN-13: 978-1101990636


Arson and murder in the English countryside from the author of Mrs. Malory and a Necessary End . . .
          In the wake of a reporter’s death, biographer Sheila Malory must dig through the remnants of his life to discover the devil in the details . . .
          Sheila’s friend, larger-than-life Eva Jackson, has returned to the village of Taviscombe after losing her husband, Alan. A foreign correspondent, Alan reported on dangerous stories around the world from Libya to Afghanistan—but the cause of his death was more mundane: kidney failure in a London hospital. Still, he led a storied life, and much of his past lies in his writings, papers, and books now boxed away in Eva’s garage.
          After Eva decides to compile a book of Alan’s unpublished works, a fire mysteriously breaks out in the garage. Then Eva meets a suspicious end, leading Sheila to wonder if there’s a killer at large in their charming Devon countryside . . .


This is one of those fascinating cozy murder mysteries that makes you feel like you’re living in a different country as you meet new friends (characters).

The quaint and cozy community setting draws you in as the protagonist (Mrs. Malory) and her friends visits. The easy flowing dialogue makes the story move at a good pace and places the reader in the middle of the action. The author’s rich descriptions of the countryside brings the area to life.

The twists and turns keeps the story entertaining. The suspense builds as the murders occur and readers seek the find the motive as the protagonist discovers the killer.

MRS. MALORY AND DEATH IS A WORD is the 21st installment in the Mrs. Sheila Malory Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New readers won’t be left in the dark and returning fans will be delighted to find out more about Mrs. Malory’s latest adventure.

This is an engaging story with a British flare that makes for a quick and easy read.

Mrs. Malory and Death is a Word by Hazel Holt, A Mrs. Sheila Malory Mystery (Book #21), Obsidian, @2016, ISBN: 978-1101990636, Mass Market Paperback, 240 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

*SPECIAL NOTE: Author Hazel Holt was a British novelist who passed away Nov. 23, 2015 at the age of 87. MRS. MALORY AND DEATH IS A WORD is the last installment in the Sheila Malory Mystery series.


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of MRS. MALORY AND DEATH IS A WORD by Hazel Holt to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, May 19.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope I’ve tempted you to check out this entertaining series. Do you enjoy mysteries with a British flare? P.S. Do you like this style of a review better or do you prefer the article style I normally run? Just wondering which is easier and more enjoyable for you to read. Thanks.


  1. I love mysteries with a British flare! Especially when you get butlers, housekeepers, those so-called friends and acquaintances added into the mix. I like this review style too, but like your traditional review style also! I think you do great work with this blog!

  2. Love this series, and am sad to hear that the author is no longer with us.
    I like her son's books too - though they are from a very different genre.

  3. Very good author and series. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win it :)

  4. I like this style of review.
    Ah, the horror of someone gathering our unpublished writing and sharing it with the world...

  5. I think I might have to look for the first 20 in this series too. grammyd01@comcast.net

  6. What an interesting way to combine the small-village setting with the discussion of those larger adventures. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  7. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  8. This would be a book my mother & aunt would enjoy!!

  9. I'm just getting into mysteries, I am looking forward to reading this one,

  10. Wow. The 21st in the series. That is quite an accomplishment.
    Libby Dodd

  11. Mysteries with a British flair are captivating and unique. I love them. Your reviews are always wonderful and enjoyable. Thanks for this feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. I would love to read all of her books starting with this one. They sound like something I would like. Thank you!

  13. Sounds great - a murder mystery set in the English countryside!

  14. I love anything British and I enjoy mysteries. Thanks for sharing this.


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