I would not try another book by the author. The narartor was very good.
the characters in the beginning were very colorful and I found myself laughing out loud from their amusing descrption. The mystery element was very very weak, and really had almost nothing to do with most of the characters. Solving the mystery was a big disappointment. There was no danger to the protagonist or really any one else other than the victim. The way it was solved was so weak that it negated the whole novel.
He is very good and captured the essence of the characters.
I would have revised the ending making the "solve" much more exciting. I don't want to give it away by saying more. It could be argued that this was a "cozy" and did not need more than a clever "AHA" moment. The ending negated the whole pleasant ride of the beginning of the book by being so weak and coincidental. The necessaary clues with the exception of one were not put out till a few pages before the boring "solve." Then it was so dull and obvious as to ruin the book.
I no longer cared about any of the characters, most of whom had nothing what so ever to do with the mystery.
What a good beginning and then disappointment this was. I expected so much more after the first few chapters. A protagonist who was a former MI5 agent turned priest seemed such a great hero. A village filled with disparate personalities as a background. Such a good idea, such a let down.
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.
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.
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.
I had to hear it several times. The narrator's voice made it hard to focus on the story.
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.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
If you like 'em, this one's for you! Along with a few one liners that even had my husband chortling! This one was an Audible suggestion. I'm glad it was as both the author and narrator have been added to our list of preferences!
I doubt that I would listen to the book again because there are SO many other books in my Library or on my Wish List for this author.
The murder scene and the "witnesses" memories just prior to the murder.
The confrontation of the suspect was my favorite. Lots of suspense leading to the "catch". Father Max used his previous calling to outwit the suspect.
Father Max catches the usual suspect.
I got this book in exchange for another one and the story, plot and character development convinced me to pursue the entire series. Put this on YOUR WishList!
I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.
I really enjoy this series when I read them so I decided to get them on Audible to enjoy them again. Big mistake. The reader sort of ruined them for me. I don't think I could have found a reader so far removed from my inner picture of the main character. I'm going to try to return the others.
Someone MUCH more patient than myself.
High Moor #2
Someone a bit less stodgy - the setting and story was stodgy enough. The narrator made it retirement-home boring.
Max Tudor - bland and uninteresting.