Devil's Breath by G. M. Malliet
A Max Tudor Mystery (A Max Tudor Novel)

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Murder does play a part in the book when Margot is poisoned and then drowned off the luxury yacht, but it is the kind of mystery where the characterization of the cast is much more intriguing than what is in fact a rather mundane crime...
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Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees with her critically acclaimed mysteries featuring handsome spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor.

In The Haunted Season, Max’s former life as an MI5 agent caught up with him, threatening his newfound happiness with Awena and baby son Owen. Realizing there is no escape from his past, Max, with his bishop’s tacit permission, has offered his services to MI5 on an as-needed basis.

And in Devil’s Breath, it’s time for Max to follow through. The body of glamorous film star Margot Browne has washed ashore from a luxury yacht and Max’s former colleague Patrice Logan wants his help to find the murderer.

It’s a perfect “closed circle” murder since victim Margot must have been killed by one of the actors, stylists, screenwriters, or second-tier royalty aboard. Patrice suspects the yacht’s owner, a playboy film director she’s been keeping tabs on for smuggling, but Max isn’t so sure. Max and DCI Cotton interview the suspects as they loll about one of the luxury hotels dotting the waterfront. The investigation into Margot’s lurid past uncovers a host of motives—it seems she was not the only person on board with a secret they’d kill to keep.

 

About G. M. Malliet

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G.M MALLIET is the winner of the Agatha Award for Death of a Cozy Writer. She attended Oxford University, holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, and lives in the Washington DC area. Pagan Spring is the third book in her Max Tudor series, which also includes Wicked Autumn and A Fatal Winter.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Minotaur Books. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Jan 23 2017

Though dedicated readers may miss local favorites (The Haunted Season, 2015, etc.), it’s great to see the return of Malliet’s wit in a high-seas whodunit that deftly skewers the Hollywood high life.

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Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Jun 22 2017

Murder does play a part in the book when Margot is poisoned and then drowned off the luxury yacht, but it is the kind of mystery where the characterization of the cast is much more intriguing than what is in fact a rather mundane crime...

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