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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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    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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    Tracy Canada 11-07-13
    Tracy Canada 11-07-13 Member Since 2012

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "Thoroughly Delightful Cozy Mystery"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 07-31-13
    Anita 07-31-13 Member Since 2005
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    "wanted to like it, but...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    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)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Barrette Brookfield, WI, US 06-26-13
    Ann Barrette Brookfield, WI, US 06-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start - very British narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was difficult to stay focused after all of the characters were introduced.


    Would you be willing to try another book from G. M. Malliet? Why or why not?

    Probably not because this one was not what I expected.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Page’s performances?

    It would depend on the book. But he reads fast and has a very pronounced British accent/


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lennox Wiseley 05-08-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Fun book but the narration makes it difficult to e"
    Would you try another book from G. M. Malliet and/or Michael Page?

    Yes From G.M. Malliet, no from Michael Page.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was enjoyable and the premise of a former-MI5-agent-turned-village-priest as the setting for a murder mystery felt fresh.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 12-06-12
    Mary United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Relaxed read and entertaining."
    Would you listen to Wicked Autumn again? Why?

    Yes, liked the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complicated plot, took me a while to guess who did it.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life to the characters.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 10-29-12
    M. Sandy Springs, GA, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It was okay but ...."
    What would have made Wicked Autumn better?

    A more interesting story.


    What was most disappointing about G. M. Malliet’s story?

    Teh entire book. I expected more from a former spy, I guess.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was okay but not exciting.


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

    Not especially. I really was disappointed in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth 10-01-12
    Elisabeth 10-01-12
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    "Good old small town England !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    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...


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

    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 ?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Long live english small town crime fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    Good balance between the story and the length of the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-20-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 09-20-12 Member Since 2009

    LibraryJill

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    "Interesting leading man"
    Where does Wicked Autumn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wicked Autumn ranks among the top half of all the audiobooks to which I have listened.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the feel of being amongst the inhabitants of a small English village.


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not listen to this book all in one sitting. I spread it out over a few exercise sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting impatiently for the release of the second book in this series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christy 09-18-12
    Christy 09-18-12 Member Since 2015

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    "charming village mystery"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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