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 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.
Yes, liked the characters.
Complicated plot, took me a while to guess who did it.
Life to the characters.
A more interesting story.
Teh entire book. I expected more from a former spy, I guess.
The narration was okay but not exciting.
Not especially. I really was disappointed in the book.
I'm not sure why I choose this book. I had not read any reviews (that I can recall). Since the main character was a former spy and now a minister, I just thought it would have more to it. It's not even what I'd call a cozy English mystery; perhaps it had pretensions to that but it fell far short.
I did read (listen) to the end. Perhaps that was stubborness on my part as I will not always finish a book if I'm not enjoying it.
Highly recommended for an update version of what makes Agatha Christies crime novels enjoyable : a country village filled with colorful characters, a crime, a handsome sleuth this time and the atmosphere that belongs only to the English.
The Womens' Institute assembly cringing or standing up to their president, a woman you love to hate and who of course will be the victim because of course, all the other people are too nice to get rid of...
I find Max the priest, former MI5 agent believable as a man but not really his curriculum. But come to think of it, how else would his asked for cooperation with the police be credible ?
Long live english small town crime fiction.
Good balance between the story and the length of the audiobook.
Wicked Autumn ranks among the top half of all the audiobooks to which I have listened.
I loved the feel of being amongst the inhabitants of a small English village.
I found Max Tudor to be the most compelling character of the story as well as my favorite narration of a character by Michael Page.
I did not listen to this book all in one sitting. I spread it out over a few exercise sessions.
Waiting impatiently for the release of the second book in this series.
Enjoyable take on the "village mystery" cozy genre. Nothing heavyweight, interesting characters, some excellent tongue-in-cheek humorous bits. Homage to Agatha et al.
Got this one on sale -- definitely worth it. I've been listening to some more serious books lately, so this was a nice change of pace.
Quite a cast of characters (delineated in the beginning) and the village names are a hoot, particularly if you've ever wandered through England's byways.
Michael Page does the exceptional job at narrating that I have come to expect from him in the Thomas Pitt series (Anne Perry). I couldn't place his voice until he voiced a haughty older woman who sounded for all the world like Aunt Vespasia!
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