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Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel | [G. M. Malliet]

Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. 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. 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.

©2011 G.M. Malliet (P)2011 Dreamscape Media

What the Critics Say

"Agatha Award–winning author Malliet (Death of a Cozy Writer) debuts a superb new series... You’ll marvel at the author’s low-key humor and crystal-clear depictions of small-town life... Malliet, like Louise Penny, brings a contemporary freshness to the traditional mystery." (Library Journal)

"Malliet has mastered the delights of the cozy mystery so completely that she seems to be channeling Agatha Christie... with a hero who adds sex appeal to the mix... includes snippets of ironic humor...making the story even more delicious...winning." (Booklist)

"[A]n authentic village mystery that also pokes fun at the conventions...Malliet deftly juggles all of her characters...the murder plot here is quite devious and the motive quite evil.... The author provides a story that works on several levels, including the pleasure of a visit to a traditional English village." (January magazine)

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    Sara USA 10-08-14
    Sara USA 10-08-14

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this first book in the Max Tudor mystery series for its dry, witty sense of humor. The writing is subtle, urbane and insightful. The whole story is full of small insular village flavor with a cast of wacky and often strange characters.

    Be aware that to me this is a full blown cozy. So don't expect edge of your seat suspense and over the top violence. What you will find is a comfortable (within the limits that this is a murder mystery) listen that easily engages and entertains. Very like Agatha Christie comes to the modern world as a Anglican Priest.

    I am looking forward to continuing the series with book two as a winter listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 12-26-11
    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2006

    LIfe-long reader, fond of mysteries, scifi, fantasy. Prefer good story-tellers, with interesting premises. Road warrior-so listen a lot!

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    "Burnt out antiterrorist/priest deals with murder"

    It appears to be a quiet English Village with lots of traditions and life centering around the pub and the church - and it is - but the personal and family tragedies behind the scenes stretch out to many countries and many walks of life. Even a backwater can be a boiling kettle of all the emotions, and the job of their nearly-new rector is to try to make peace, provide comfort, and it turns out, to solve a murder.

    The good Father Tudor burnt out when he lost his partner to a terrorist bomb, and he is converted to an active spiritual life in the devastation of that loss. But the murder of the most disliked woman in the village, both rich and domineering, both piques his old professional curiosity and needs solving for the good of the parish.

    There are a sufficient number of possibilities to keep the story full of twists and turns, and a lot of emotional happenings without a lot of explicit sex or violence.

    I'll be interested to read the next in the series.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 08-29-12
    Marie 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun listen in old fashioned way"

    I enjoyed Wicked Autumn as a social satire more than as a mystery. The writing is witty and observations about current culture very to the point. The village characters are well drawn and catty. My interest began to drag because the novel concentrates more on the secondary characters than on the mystery of Wanda's death. I would have liked more action. This is a true armchair mystery because the main character, the Vicar, spends most of the book sitting down taking the secondary characters back through the day of the murder. Like Malliet's other books, the solution seems forced at the end and unrelated to most of the events or characters in the story. Great narrator.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 01-20-12
    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The Best Cozy"
    If you could sum up Wicked Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    Cozy, Easy, Funny


    What other book might you compare Wicked Autumn to and why?

    Agatha Raisin Series- English village and the cast of characters


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Crystal clear pronounciation and well timed pauses made for easy listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but toward the end I forced myself to turn it off because I didn't want the book to end.


    Any additional comments?

    AUDIBLE- Please ask for more of GM Malliet's books be made into Audiobooks.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    JLynn 02-18-12
    JLynn 02-18-12
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    "Modern take on Christie"
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful cozy style mystery with a modern touch. Ex-MI5 agent Max Tudor is world weary. He turns to the cloth, and finds that even in the most quiet of hamlets, murder and chaos preside. As the new Vicar in the sleepy hamlet of Nether Monkslip, all is definitely not as it seems... A fun and engaging listen.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    s 09-21-12
    s 09-21-12
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    "I Love This Author, BUT!"
    Would you try another book from G. M. Malliet and/or Michael Page?

    I am a huge fan of G.M. Malliet. I would definitely try another book. Have greatly enjoyed the ones I have read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Totally switched. Falling Glass. Adrian McKinty. Gerard Doyle a perfect voice for the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Page’s performances?

    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.


    Do you think Wicked Autumn needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure the main character is interesting enough.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-03-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-03-12

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "promising start to series, but wordy"

    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.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 03-28-14
    Morgan Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun, Easy and Entertaining Listen"

    I am always on the look out for a good series in which I can lose myself for countless listening hours. Malliet's first novel in the Tudor series passed all of the "tests" I apply when determining whether or not I will be able to immerse myself into the author's world. Wicked Autumn provides an entertaining cozy-style novel featuring the witty, attractive Max Tudor. Tudor is the single, charming village Vicar with an above-average mystery-solving ability due to his previous career. Malliet throws in a steady stream of funny and sardonic comments, quips and observations, which only added to my enjoyment. The narrator (which, as fellow listeners know, can make or break the listening experience) is, in my opinion, fantastic and is now on my list of top favorites. His ability to narrate female voices, particularly the elderly women, is quite entertaining...he has an uncanny ability to sound like a frumpy older English woman. Overall, it was a fun, easy, and entertaining introduction to a series which I can only hope extends beyond the fourth novel, which presumably will be set in summer. My only "complaint" was that it was shorter than many of the novels to which I'm used to listening, and accordingly it was finished fairly quickly. Oh well...on to "A Fatal Winter"!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 11-10-12
    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 11-10-12
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    "maybe things get better in spring"
    Would you try another book from G. M. Malliet and/or Michael Page?

    I would not try another book by the author. The narartor was very good.


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

    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.


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He is very good and captured the essence of the characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wicked Autumn?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.
    Good-bye, Max!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 03-21-13
    Nancy J Tornado Alley OK 03-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover

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    "A Good New Entry into the Cozy Market"

    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.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Too, too twee"

    A pastiche of a British village where everyone seems a big fish in a small pond. The hero, if that is what he is is too, too dashingly handsome, the victim is such that even I am happy to see her dead etc...All this, combined with an unctuous reader who reads giving the impression that he wants us to know that he knows he is reading something very witty almost leads me to tear my hair out, gnash my teeth or stamp my foot and many other cliches.

    I was totally mislead by the blurb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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