I am a huge fan of G.M. Malliet. I would definitely try another book. Have greatly enjoyed the ones I have read.
Totally switched. Falling Glass. Adrian McKinty. Gerard Doyle a perfect voice for the story.
He has a lovely voice, just not suitable for this book. Lovely and too plummy! Seems to miss highlights of humor which this author is good at.
Not sure the main character is interesting enough.
I am sorry that the initial book on Audible from this author is a disappointment. I am a fan of her other books and am hoping that there will be more on Audible. A more suitable performer who could emphasize the humor and the spitefulness of some of her characters would be recommended.
Narrative makes the world go round.
a propos nothing, she said heavy-handedly, as it were...
Listening to this, I suspect the prose will be better in future instalments - Malliet has other novels under her belt. And the humour in this village cozy-spoof warrants a download of the next novel in the series. If, however, you're choosing between print and audio format for this first Max Tutor outing, I think print would be better: Narration draws attention to the wordiness.
Page is not a favourite narrator with me, but he is OK here, and he gets the tone just right for this one, including the inside-cozy jokes.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
Wicked Autumn is a lovely British cozy mystery, set in a small village with interesting, eccentric characters, with a rather novel sleuth -- an ex MI-5 agent who is now an Anglican priest. The characters are engaging, the plot keeps you interested, and you do really care about these people.
It is so nice to see a new writer of the cozy mystery. May she write many, many more.
Michael Page, as usual, does a smashing job as narrator.
reader and collector especially of vintage crime fiction and historiography - with an additional penchant for Umberto Eco
This book is not for everyone - indeed it is not for anyone. The author and narrator combine -one to misuse words, the other to mispronounce them. The story line is banal, trite and unattractive. So is the writing. It is to be hoped that the author is not a native English speaker - that would in part excuse the clumsy and inconsistent "style". The narrator too is like a ham actor in a B-grade company, so insistent on clear articulation that all sense and continuity of the narrative is sacrificed to this imperative. Neither are the characters developed in any engaging way. Overall, my chief response to this offering is one of surprise - surprise that it was ever published, even more that it was found suitable for inclusion in the otherwise excellent audible catalogue
I really wanted to like this book and enjoyed the first several chapters where the cast of characters was introduced, and was intrigued by the idea of Max Tudor. Unfortunately, the mystery grew a bit tedious and Max's backstory wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped. The resolution was anticlimactic and there were some plot flaws that grated. The narration was okay but I felt the voice of Max should have been more smooth and charming and less pinched. He sounded a bit peevish at times.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Listened to 3.5 hours. One F-bomb in the beginning - I excused it, thinking "maybe it's the only one", and continued on, but no, I was wrong. I really didn't care for the story anyway. Gave up.
I loved Wicked Autumn, but some may find the writing too literary and the British reader too stuffy. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and found the prose brilliant. When I first started listening, I wasn't able to concentrate to follow the rhythm and accent of the reader, and it doesn't help that they start with the list of character descriptions, which I think was a mistake. However, when I restarted I was completely drawn in and loved the intelligent and elegant prose and the uptight British reserve. It is vital to listen to a segment to see if it appeals to you as much as it does to me.
Audio books are tricky because the narrator needs to flesh out the story, help the listener to connect, yet not be too "actor-y." This narrator happens to be a little on the monotone side, (maybe not "actor-y" enough?) I think he's not be the best match for this book because the story itself is very wordy, -and not in a good way. For me, the writing is a little too self-consciously clever.
Bottom line, overwriting plus under narrated equals....mediocre experience.
Slow pace, but kept me interested enough to wait for new turn. The characters are colorful, the plot is a puzzle. As a fan of Agatha Christie, I feel like coming back for a visit after long absence from home. The main character is growing on you as time and events going on. I believe I'm hooked for the rest of the books in this series.
I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.
Yes, I would. It is a good story with a great narrator and a complex mystery is woven. The tone is a bit breezy and tongue-in-cheek, which makes it a good listen for lighter moments.
Learning about the background of Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent turned Anglican priest in the small village of Nether Monkslip.
Max Tudor although other characters, who are less developed are memorable. I hope that some of them continue on in the series.
I found it gripping and I enjoyed the homage to the traditional Golden Age of the British cozy mystery and the small town. I could imagine Miss Marple set down here. I like the town shops and the fair. On the other hand, I suspect that the author is am American because there are some non-Britishisms that I caught here and there, (but do not recollect).
I plan to continue with the series. It is the equivalent of "comfort food" for me. I hope that the minor characters will return and be better developed. Some readers might not be entirely comfortable with all aspects of this book--it is very contemporary despite the fact that I kept thinking it was the 1930's. Mentions of google or the internet sometimes seem jarring in contrast with the Olde Tyme Englishe Fayre.