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Wicked Autumn

A Max Tudor Novel
Malliet, G. M. (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside?nbsp; 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
Authors: Malliet, G. M., 1951-
Title: Wicked autumn
a Max Tudor novel
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
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CM (09/11)
ISBN: 0312646976
9780312646974
9781250004109
Branch Call Number: M F Mal
Statement of Responsibility: G. M. Malliet
Subject Headings: Murder Investigation Fiction Vicars, Parochial England Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Murder
Vicars, Parochial
LCCN: 2011019523
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Oct 05, 2013
  • BugLady1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good mystery. Kept me guessing until the end. Delightful characters. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

Mar 21, 2013
  • meyoubou rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This promises to be a good series. I look forward to more from Malliet.

Nov 19, 2012
  • emerge rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first time I've read this author & I doubt I'll pick up another. Max is an interesting character but the story is just a little too sleepy & slow paced for my taste.

Aug 14, 2012
  • JeremiahSutherland rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a little wordy in places. The characterizations are very well done. The author brings a tongue-in-cheek humour to her prose that lightens the mood.

Feb 25, 2012
  • bdemian rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A charming setting, interesting characters, and an intriguing idea: a slyly witty homage to Christie; but somewhat weakened by sloppy writing and editing.

Nov 06, 2011
  • Myrna90210 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Entertaining and I didn't see "who done it" until it was inked out for me. I love that!

Village, self-titled, queen (Wanda) is murdered during THE annual event, the Harvest Fayre. The new vicar, Max, who in his previous life was a MI5 agent, is brought in to help the police solve the crime.

Not quite as silly as it sounds, but did the vicar really have to be MI5? I guess that makes for interesting back story and can explain his skills.

A quaint setting. Are all these small tiny hamlets in rural England so successful and full of happy people? Makes me want to visit friends there.

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