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)
reader and collector especially of vintage crime fiction and historiography - with an additional penchant for Umberto Eco
This book is not for everyone - indeed it is not for anyone. The author and narrator combine -one to misuse words, the other to mispronounce them. The story line is banal, trite and unattractive. So is the writing. It is to be hoped that the author is not a native English speaker - that would in part excuse the clumsy and inconsistent "style". The narrator too is like a ham actor in a B-grade company, so insistent on clear articulation that all sense and continuity of the narrative is sacrificed to this imperative. Neither are the characters developed in any engaging way. Overall, my chief response to this offering is one of surprise - surprise that it was ever published, even more that it was found suitable for inclusion in the otherwise excellent audible catalogue
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning about the background of Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent turned Anglican priest in the small village of Nether Monkslip.
Max Tudor although other characters, who are less developed are memorable. I hope that some of them continue on in the series.
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).
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.
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 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.
Michael Page read as well as could be expected with the material he had to read.
I liked the housekeeper.
A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!
I am a definite fan of the cozy mystery genre, and especially enjoy British mysteries. This book - my second after Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet - was an excellent, enjoyable listen.
This is the first in a series featuring the vicar-sleuth, Max Tudor, formerly of the MI5. He's settled into a nice, very quiet little town of Nether Monkslip (excellent name, isn't it!). We get to know some of the characters of the town (and know they will be back for the series), and get to know the town itself.
For a cozy, it seems to move pretty fast (sometimes cozies can be a bit slow), and is fun - despite the murder of someone that not many people liked anyway :)
I will be keeping up with this series.
I was prepared to like this book, as I love classic cozies, but I was disappointed in the story. The performance was fine, but there weren't enough twists and turns. The main character didn't grab my sympathy or curiosity.
I had hoped that this would be a series I'd like, but I'm not interested in trying any of the others in this series just now. (sad face)
Not really. It was difficult to stay focused after all of the characters were introduced.
Probably not because this one was not what I expected.
It would depend on the book. But he reads fast and has a very pronounced British accent/
Yes From G.M. Malliet, no from Michael Page.
The plot was enjoyable and the premise of a former-MI5-agent-turned-village-priest as the setting for a murder mystery felt fresh.
The narrator raced through portions of the book, as if he were being paid a bonus for getting through the whole thing faster. He downplayed the humor of the novel, and the modulation of his read made it difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes at a time.
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