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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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    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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 08-29-12
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    JLynn New York, NY, United States 02-18-12
    JLynn New York, NY, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2008
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    s mill valley, ca, United States 09-21-12
    s mill valley, ca, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2010
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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 6 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 14 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 11-22-12
    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just OK"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-20-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-20-12 Member Since 2009

    LibraryJill

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    "Interesting leading man"
    Where does Wicked Autumn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wicked Autumn ranks among the top half of all the audiobooks to which I have listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the feel of being amongst the inhabitants of a small English village.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    I found Max Tudor to be the most compelling character of the story as well as my favorite narration of a character by Michael Page.


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

    I did not listen to this book all in one sitting. I spread it out over a few exercise sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting impatiently for the release of the second book in this series.

    3 of 3 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 Member Since 2007

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 12-06-12
    Mary United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Relaxed read and entertaining."
    Would you listen to Wicked Autumn again? Why?

    Yes, liked the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complicated plot, took me a while to guess who did it.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life to the characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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