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Hazel Holt (born 1928) was born in Birmingham, and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge. She worked as an editor at the International African Institute for 30 years, where she got to know the novelist Barbara Pym. After Barbara Pym’s death, Hazel Holt finished Pym’s last, and unfinished novel, and wrote her biography. She turned to fiction in her own right in her sixties, and has produced the lengthy Sheila Malory series, about a determined middle-aged detective.
One of her Sheila Malory series (number 18 – it’s a long series) involves horses. I have read a few of this series, and don’t remember any of the others including horses. Sheila Malory is a grandmother: she’s not quite a Miss Marple, but the books are enjoyable enough.
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