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
"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)
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.
No. Story was filled with way to much irrelevant details and Page was often hard to understand.
Thick and hard to understand at times.
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.
Always reading. Audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, and paper books in every room in the house.
Too much describing of characters and too little actual interaction and dialogue. Plot drags along without much activity. Max the vicar turns out to be pretty well rounded as the protagonist, but the other characters are flat and lack personality. Occasional forays into Max's thoughts give a little lift now and then. There are multiple loose ends that have to be tied up clumsily at the end with two characters telling each other what really happened.
The reader could do a great job with a better book.
The writing. It was funny.
The author kills off a thoroughly unlikable character yet manages to make her sympathetic.
When the the killer is revealed.
No, but I could have.
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!
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