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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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    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 11-10-12
    Allen E Feltzin PHILADELPHIA, PA, US 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 11-22-12
    J. Geiser Canton, OH United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2010
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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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 01-07-15
    Catherine 01-07-15
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    "Brilliant, but not for everybody"

    I loved Wicked Autumn, but some may find the writing too literary and the British reader too stuffy. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and found the prose brilliant. When I first started listening, I wasn't able to concentrate to follow the rhythm and accent of the reader, and it doesn't help that they start with the list of character descriptions, which I think was a mistake. However, when I restarted I was completely drawn in and loved the intelligent and elegant prose and the uptight British reserve. It is vital to listen to a segment to see if it appeals to you as much as it does to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mastictears 01-06-15
    Mastictears 01-06-15

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    "Mediocre Match-up Lessens the Impact"

    Audio books are tricky because the narrator needs to flesh out the story, help the listener to connect, yet not be too "actor-y." This narrator happens to be a little on the monotone side, (maybe not "actor-y" enough?) I think he's not be the best match for this book because the story itself is very wordy, -and not in a good way. For me, the writing is a little too self-consciously clever.
    Bottom line, overwriting plus under narrated equals....mediocre experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annelise 01-05-15
    Annelise 01-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "It was so-so. The ending was a bit of a surprise"

    I had to hear it several times. The narrator's voice made it hard to focus on the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Spokane, Washington, United States 11-16-14
    Jay Spokane, Washington, United States 11-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "good introduction to new journey"

    Slow pace, but kept me interested enough to wait for new turn. The characters are colorful, the plot is a puzzle. As a fan of Agatha Christie, I feel like coming back for a visit after long absence from home. The main character is growing on you as time and events going on. I believe I'm hooked for the rest of the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-11-14
    Natalie Columbus, OH, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2014

    I like mysteries, classics, and good non-fiction. Much of my audible listening takes place when I am working out and sweaty, so I like good plot-driven thrillers.

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    "Homage to Miss Marple and her village?"
    Would you listen to Wicked Autumn again? Why?

    Yes, I would. It is a good story with a great narrator and a complex mystery is woven. The tone is a bit breezy and tongue-in-cheek, which makes it a good listen for lighter moments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wicked Autumn?

    Learning about the background of Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent turned Anglican priest in the small village of Nether Monkslip.


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

    Max Tudor although other characters, who are less developed are memorable. I hope that some of them continue on in the series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it gripping and I enjoyed the homage to the traditional Golden Age of the British cozy mystery and the small town. I could imagine Miss Marple set down here. I like the town shops and the fair. On the other hand, I suspect that the author is am American because there are some non-Britishisms that I caught here and there, (but do not recollect).


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to continue with the series. It is the equivalent of "comfort food" for me. I hope that the minor characters will return and be better developed. Some readers might not be entirely comfortable with all aspects of this book--it is very contemporary despite the fact that I kept thinking it was the 1930's. Mentions of google or the internet sometimes seem jarring in contrast with the Olde Tyme Englishe Fayre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-25-14
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good plot but very boring story."
    Would you try another book from G. M. Malliet and/or Michael Page?

    No. Story was filled with way to much irrelevant details and Page was often hard to understand.


    What three words best describe Michael Page’s voice?

    Thick and hard to understand at times.


    Was Wicked Autumn worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Vance Buena Park, CA United States 11-24-13
    Margaret Vance Buena Park, CA United States 11-24-13
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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about Wicked Autumn?

    I love to read series books - so this one looked promising. I have tried to hang in there in hopes that things will pick up and I'll actually care about the characters, but it's just not happening. Each characater is a cliche. Their interactions with each other are either unpleasant or overly predictable. The description of the village is rehashed from other books. I had to give up and move on to another read before I drove my car off the road due to falling asleep from boredom. Very disappointing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by G. M. Malliet again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Page?

    Michael Page read as well as could be expected with the material he had to read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the housekeeper.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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