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Wicked Autumn Audiobook

Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel

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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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    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.

    8 of 11 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 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!

    3 of 4 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

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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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.

    13 of 19 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.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 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.

    2 of 3 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 2016
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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


    2 of 3 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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    john 04-25-17
    john 04-25-17
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    "Parts are greater than the whole"

    OK, it's not the greatest mystery story ever written, but that may be over-looked because of the many witticisms, some slightly submerged. Performance is excellent, and Anglicans everywhere will enjoy the characterization and references to Shakespeare, the BCP, King James, and British history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mid-Centurian 02-11-17 Member Since 2014

    Mid-Centurian

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    "So so"

    Average mystery full of cliches and stereotypes. Good listening for a relaxing commute after a tough day at the office.

    Silly premise of a former international undercover agent turned priest because of something terrible that happened while on the job.

    Overall an acceptable listen, albeit quite simple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    2bhotagain! 01-07-17
    2bhotagain! 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A really good listen."

    I'll admit I'm skeptical when choosing an audible, if it will be interesting enough to keep my attention while I'm distracted, working. This one does. The descriptions are so clear and humorous, that you can actually "see" what he is talking about. The cast of characters, though there are several, in this small English village, are easily identifiable by the narrators distinctly different voices, and the authors humorous descriptions of each person. I never guessed "whondunnit'" until the end, which pleasantly, wasn't the end, at all. There was a full epilogue to follow. I ordered the next book, now confidently, because I have no reason to think it won't be just as fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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