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)
I was a bit disappointed by the level of swearing, it was completely superfluous and felt like an unnecessary effort to make it more modern. Definitely wouldn't be comparing it to Agatha Christie although the author clearly wanted you to see them as of the same ilk. The narrator was the only highlight.
Professional artist and art instructor. I listen to audible books when I work on paintings, sew or do housework. I also fall asleep listening to audio books. I like mysteries history science fiction young adult and biographies.
I liked it nice characterization good story a bit wandering but the mystery was solved in an interesting manner
Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.
No. It started out just fine, but by the end became nothing more than a tired homophobic cliché.
Spoiler alert: the closeted gay son is the murderer.
Saw it coming for miles.
Agatha Christie for Dummies. The first few chapters amused then momentum and came to a full stop. At this point the author lost any ability to create interest,instead moved to tell vs show. If you do manage to get to the denouement and have any question of how the murder was done and how the detective and Father Max managed to see the bleedingly obvious, the author spells it ALL out In exhaustive detail.
Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.
Listened to 3.5 hours. One F-bomb in the beginning - I excused it, thinking "maybe it's the only one", and continued on, but no, I was wrong. I really didn't care for the story anyway. Gave up.
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.
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.
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.
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