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Pagan Spring: A Max Tudor Novel, Book 3 | [G. M. Malliet]

Pagan Spring: A Max Tudor Novel, Book 3

Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip.
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Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. Connections to long-ago crimes, some sparked by the paintings of a famous local artist, help Max unravel the clues - but can he restore peace to Nether Monkslip and still manage to finish his sermon?

©2013 G.M. Malliet (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Contemporary cozies don't get much better than Agatha-winner Malliet's third Max Tudor mystery." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 12-14-13
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2010

    Have re-discovered "quality time." Evenings listening to good books have replaced mindless tv watching. What a difference!

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    "Wish there were more "seasons" in the year!"

    I really enjoy the Max Tudor mysteries, and this one did not disappoint in any way. The characters are well developed, and the mystery is fun to try to solve as the story progresses. This series has so far utilized Autumn and Winter--and presumably the next one will be summer. I wonder where GM Malliet will go after that? I pray there will be more Max Tudor books for a long time to come (note to author--you could go for the months, the days, the zodiac signs, --anything--just keep on writing :-) The narration is excellent! A great read!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna United States 10-29-13
    Ronna United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book for Agatha Christie fans!"

    PAGAN SPRING returns us to the small English village of Nether Monkslip where Max Tutor is an ex MI5 agent turned Anglican priest. His love life with the controversial spiritualist, Awena Owins, continues to blossom. Max also steps into a new possible murder. Thaddeus Bottle has moved back to a hugely renovated mansion in his family's home village. But humble he is not. Everything is about him and his desires. He desire is to be the center of everything, and his recent dinner party brings some upstanding townspeople to his home so they can properly admire the "celebrity" amongst them. But perhaps everyone is not quit so enamored as he might have hoped, as he's dead by the next morning.

    Malliet fills her book with wonderful dry English humor, exquisite small town cliches, lovely clues, and characters that definitely entertain the senses. In this particular book, she also deal thoughtfully with some very serious subject matter from World War 2. Must read for cozy fans who want everything a cozy promises plus some excellent commentary on serious matters. Her best one yet!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Lebanon, CT, United States 04-07-14
    Raymond Lebanon, CT, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2005
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    What disappointed you about Pagan Spring?

    I had read a good review of this novel. I am disappointed that the story was predictable, the characters were wooden types, the language was arch and there were numerous mistakes in the plotting.


    What could G. M. Malliet have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was over-reaching. He tried to do too many unusual voices instead of just reading.


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