Holt, Hazel

About the author

Hazel Holt (1928–2015) 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.

Finding the book
Still in print, and easy to find.

Sources and links
Allison & Busby on Hazel Holt (link no longer works)
Hazel Holt’s blog (link no longer works)


A Time to Die

Allison & Busby, London, 2008, 263 pp.
Allison & Busby, London, 2009, 317 pp.
Magna Large Print, 2009, 301 pp.

Sheila Malory’s god-daughter and granddaughter are now horse mad. The local stables is run by the glamorous Jo and Charlie Hamilton. She was once a leading actress, and he was an Olympic rider. A series of mysterious accidents casts a pall over the stables, and Sheila investigates.