The Cruellest Month

When Sheila Malory's godson finds Ms. Richmond, a librarian in Oxford’s New Bodleian library, crushed under collapsed bookshelves, Mrs. Malory probes the victim’s past in search of answers. Could Gwen, who had many enemies, have been murdered for blackmail? Holt's civilized and tantalizing mystery explores both modern Oxford and rural wartime England. Book 2 in Holt’s Mrs. Malory series.

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About Hazel Holt

Hazel Holt has many devoted fans in the United States and Great Britain as a writer of “cosy” British mysteries; she has published nineteen Mrs. Malory novels to date. She is also known to admirers of Barbara Pym as the friend and biographer who edited Pym’s posthumous works.

Ms. Holt originated from Birmingham, England, where she attended King Edward VI High School for Girls. She graduated from Newham College, Cambridge, and went on to work at the International African Institute in London, where she met novelist Barbara Pym and became her official biographer with the critically acclaimed, A Lot to Ask: The Life of Barbara Pym.

Holt wrote her first novel in her sixties and is a leading crime novelist. She is best known for her “Sheila Malory” series. Her son is the novelist Tom Holt.

Hazel Holt was a personal friend and literary adviser to Barbara Pym and is Pym’s official biographer. A former television critic and feature writer, she lives in Somerset, England.

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