Hazel Holt

Mrs. Malory: The Literary Critic as Detective

by Sharon Tucker

Prior to reading Hazel Holt's Mrs. Malory mysteries, it hadn't particularly occurred to me that literary critics would make first rate detectives. It does make sense though if you consider that critics "pluck out the heart" of a writer's mystery as a matter of course. Critics have a discerning intelligence that would prove invaluable to the police and private detectives as would understanding motivations, analyzing character and making logical inferences.