My Dear Charlotte

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
A British Regency murder mystery/romance set in 1815, written “with the assistance of Jane Austen’s letters.” Balls, visits, courtships, gossip (and murder, of course!). Especially for readers who love Jane Austen, Sharon Lathan, Georgette Heyer and Barbara Pym.

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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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Review by: John Whelan on Aug. 28, 2014 :
If you skip the formal academic introduction its simply a very enjoyable book. With a science background I always tend to think that books are to be enjoyed and not dissected but people studying the Arts side of things may feel differently and it is worthy of Academic study.

Traditional Regency yes, but very well constructed based on letters of the time period. One of those very rare books that deserves six stars out of five. If Jane Austin appeals then this one will almost certainly appeal.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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