What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside?
Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.
Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe.
As the investigation unfolds, Max becomes more intricately involved. Memories he'd rather not revisit are stirred, evoking the demons from the past which led him to Nether Monkslip. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village—deliciously skewered—a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.One of The Boston Globe's Best Mysteries of 2011
One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011
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As expected, Malliet (Death and the Lit Chick, 2009, etc.) assembles a quirky cast of characters for Max to interview, including passive local knitter Lily Iverson, Wanda’s shell of a husband Major Batton-Smythe and local New Age guru Awena Owen, Max’s close friend.Sep 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
Although the book ends with a very intriguing set up for life in Nether Monkslip after Wanda, it doesn’t provide a clue as to what the next mystery could be, which is a shame, for as a result, Wicked Autumn works as a tidy standalone novel—but one that doesn’t necessarily motivate the reader to r...Sep 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent who is now an Anglican priest, peacefully resides in Nether Monkslip, a small village in Southern England, far removed from his dangerous past.Dec 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
Max Tudor isn't the first or last literary cleric to cross over into a murder investigation, but he's probably the most qualified of the lot preceding him, having been an MI5 (British Intelligence) agent.Oct 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
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