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)
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There's a very good reason this book has a cast of characters at the beginning. There are a ton of them and many of the women's names are hard to keep straight. Also, though he did a nice job, I found the narrator a bit high-fallutin' for this particular series.
Even so, I really have enjoyed the first two books in this series and plan to continue.
Father Max is a wonderful lead and his little village is full of colorful characters.
Always reading. Audiobooks in the car, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, and paper books in every room in the house.
Too much describing of characters and too little actual interaction and dialogue. Plot drags along without much activity. Max the vicar turns out to be pretty well rounded as the protagonist, but the other characters are flat and lack personality. Occasional forays into Max's thoughts give a little lift now and then. There are multiple loose ends that have to be tied up clumsily at the end with two characters telling each other what really happened.
The reader could do a great job with a better book.
The writing. It was funny.
The author kills off a thoroughly unlikable character yet manages to make her sympathetic.
When the the killer is revealed.
No, but I could have.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
If you like 'em, this one's for you! Along with a few one liners that even had my husband chortling! This one was an Audible suggestion. I'm glad it was as both the author and narrator have been added to our list of preferences!
I doubt that I would listen to the book again because there are SO many other books in my Library or on my Wish List for this author.
The murder scene and the "witnesses" memories just prior to the murder.
The confrontation of the suspect was my favorite. Lots of suspense leading to the "catch". Father Max used his previous calling to outwit the suspect.
Father Max catches the usual suspect.
I got this book in exchange for another one and the story, plot and character development convinced me to pursue the entire series. Put this on YOUR WishList!
I still have all my children's books: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, horse books, Edward Eager, Charlotte's Web, and many more.
I really enjoy this series when I read them so I decided to get them on Audible to enjoy them again. Big mistake. The reader sort of ruined them for me. I don't think I could have found a reader so far removed from my inner picture of the main character. I'm going to try to return the others.
Someone MUCH more patient than myself.
High Moor #2
Someone a bit less stodgy - the setting and story was stodgy enough. The narrator made it retirement-home boring.
Max Tudor - bland and uninteresting.
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
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