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Mrs. Mallory and Death in Practice
Signet, July 2003, 5.99, 256 pp. ISBN 0459209206 Pet owners in the English Seaside village of Taviscombe are in an uproar because the new head veterinarian in the only practice in the area is an arrogant, unfeeling know it all who isn't kind to his patients or their owners. Besides alienating his clients, Malcolm Hardy also causes dissension in the office as well. He fired one vet who has been with the practice for years and is making unreasona...
Mrs. Malory and Death by Water
Sheila Mallory frequently gets involved in the problems of her fellow residents in the seaside town of Taviscombe. This time, she has inheirited the personal papers of her longtime friend, Leonora, a well known journalist. Leonora died from drinking contaminated water from the stream on her own property. No source for the contaminated water has been found, yet several people have benefited from her death, leaving Sheila more and more certain that it was ...
Mrs. Malory and the Delay Of Execution
MRS. MALORY AND THE DELAY OF EXECUTION Signet, Jun 2002, 5.99, 256 pp. ISBN: 0451206274 When seventh level schoolteacher Margaret Hood died from diabetic coma, the English chair at Blakeney, Laura Wilson, asks former Oxford pal Sheila Malory to teach the class. Reluctantly the renowned literary critic and writer Sheila agrees to teach the five brilliant female eighteen-year-olds as they prepare for their exams. The students are easy to work wi...
Mrs. Malory and the Silent Killer
Signet, March 2004, 5.99, 256 pp. ISBN 0451211650 The small English village of Taviscombe is usually a peaceful place where everyone knows their neighbors. One of the residents Sidney Middleton is liked and respected by everyone who knows him; they also feel sorry for him because his son David is trying to push him into a nursing home. The whole village mourns when Sidney passes away and is shocked to discover the cause of death was carbon mono...

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No Cure for Death
Sheila Mallory and her friends and neighbors in Taviscombe have the usual complaints about the efficiency of their local medical practice. The doctors are overbooked and appointments are hard to get, to name a few. All this fades into the background when the newest member of the practice, Dr. Morrison, is murdered in his office during an extemely busy day. The waiting room is packed with patients, including Sheila, who goes to work trying to uncover inf...
The Cruellest Month
Journalist Sheila Malory is looking forward to being at Oxford again. She is bringing her son, Michael, there for his undergraduate studies, and will take the opportunity to do some research at the Bodleian Library. She is staying with an old friend, the mother of her godson, Tony. She is very fond of Tony and is dismayed that he seems upset about something. Wanting to help, she finds out that there has been a death at the Bodleian Library, where Tony al...


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