We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (378 )
5 star
 (81)
4 star
 (133)
3 star
 (117)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (16)
Overall
3.6 (323 )
5 star
 (68)
4 star
 (116)
3 star
 (94)
2 star
 (30)
1 star
 (15)
Story
3.9 (320 )
5 star
 (99)
4 star
 (118)
3 star
 (73)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (9)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sara 10-08-14
    Sara 10-08-14

    No plot spoilers

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2319
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    184
    160
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    87
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this first book in the Max Tudor mystery series for its dry, witty sense of humor. The writing is subtle, urbane and insightful. The whole story is full of small insular village flavor with a cast of wacky and often strange characters.

    Be aware that to me this is a full blown cozy. So don't expect edge of your seat suspense and over the top violence. What you will find is a comfortable (within the limits that this is a murder mystery) listen that easily engages and entertains. Very like Agatha Christie comes to the modern world as a Anglican Priest.

    I am looking forward to continuing the series with book two as a winter listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 12-26-11
    Madge Sterling, VA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2009

    LIfe-long reader, fond of mysteries, scifi, fantasy. Prefer good story-tellers, with interesting premises. Road warrior-so listen a lot!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Burnt out antiterrorist/priest deals with murder"

    It appears to be a quiet English Village with lots of traditions and life centering around the pub and the church - and it is - but the personal and family tragedies behind the scenes stretch out to many countries and many walks of life. Even a backwater can be a boiling kettle of all the emotions, and the job of their nearly-new rector is to try to make peace, provide comfort, and it turns out, to solve a murder.

    The good Father Tudor burnt out when he lost his partner to a terrorist bomb, and he is converted to an active spiritual life in the devastation of that loss. But the murder of the most disliked woman in the village, both rich and domineering, both piques his old professional curiosity and needs solving for the good of the parish.

    There are a sufficient number of possibilities to keep the story full of twists and turns, and a lot of emotional happenings without a lot of explicit sex or violence.

    I'll be interested to read the next in the series.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marie 08-29-12
    Marie 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    361
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    224
    133
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    34
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun listen in old fashioned way"

    I enjoyed Wicked Autumn as a social satire more than as a mystery. The writing is witty and observations about current culture very to the point. The village characters are well drawn and catty. My interest began to drag because the novel concentrates more on the secondary characters than on the mystery of Wanda's death. I would have liked more action. This is a true armchair mystery because the main character, the Vicar, spends most of the book sitting down taking the secondary characters back through the day of the murder. Like Malliet's other books, the solution seems forced at the end and unrelated to most of the events or characters in the story. Great narrator.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 01-20-12
    DD Frankfort, IL, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    133
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Best Cozy"
    If you could sum up Wicked Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    Cozy, Easy, Funny


    What other book might you compare Wicked Autumn to and why?

    Agatha Raisin Series- English village and the cast of characters


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    Crystal clear pronounciation and well timed pauses made for easy listening.


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

    Yes but toward the end I forced myself to turn it off because I didn't want the book to end.


    Any additional comments?

    AUDIBLE- Please ask for more of GM Malliet's books be made into Audiobooks.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 01-10-15
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    140
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    81
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    31
    69
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book contains F-bombs"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JLynn 02-18-12
    JLynn 02-18-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    39
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Modern take on Christie"
    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful cozy style mystery with a modern touch. Ex-MI5 agent Max Tudor is world weary. He turns to the cloth, and finds that even in the most quiet of hamlets, murder and chaos preside. As the new Vicar in the sleepy hamlet of Nether Monkslip, all is definitely not as it seems... A fun and engaging listen.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    s 09-21-12
    s 09-21-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    j SYDNEY, Australia 04-30-13
    j SYDNEY, Australia 04-30-13 Member Since 2011

    reader and collector especially of vintage crime fiction and historiography - with an additional penchant for Umberto Eco

    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "NO Michael Innes - pretentious and banal"

    This book is not for everyone - indeed it is not for anyone. The author and narrator combine -one to misuse words, the other to mispronounce them. The story line is banal, trite and unattractive. So is the writing. It is to be hoped that the author is not a native English speaker - that would in part excuse the clumsy and inconsistent "style". The narrator too is like a ham actor in a B-grade company, so insistent on clear articulation that all sense and continuity of the narrative is sacrificed to this imperative. Neither are the characters developed in any engaging way. Overall, my chief response to this offering is one of surprise - surprise that it was ever published, even more that it was found suitable for inclusion in the otherwise excellent audible catalogue

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-03-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-03-12

    Narrative makes the world go round.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3633
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1502
    400
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1526
    142
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Morgan Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 03-28-14
    Morgan Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    79
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun, Easy and Entertaining Listen"

    I am always on the look out for a good series in which I can lose myself for countless listening hours. Malliet's first novel in the Tudor series passed all of the "tests" I apply when determining whether or not I will be able to immerse myself into the author's world. Wicked Autumn provides an entertaining cozy-style novel featuring the witty, attractive Max Tudor. Tudor is the single, charming village Vicar with an above-average mystery-solving ability due to his previous career. Malliet throws in a steady stream of funny and sardonic comments, quips and observations, which only added to my enjoyment. The narrator (which, as fellow listeners know, can make or break the listening experience) is, in my opinion, fantastic and is now on my list of top favorites. His ability to narrate female voices, particularly the elderly women, is quite entertaining...he has an uncanny ability to sound like a frumpy older English woman. Overall, it was a fun, easy, and entertaining introduction to a series which I can only hope extends beyond the fourth novel, which presumably will be set in summer. My only "complaint" was that it was shorter than many of the novels to which I'm used to listening, and accordingly it was finished fairly quickly. Oh well...on to "A Fatal Winter"!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 31 results PREVIOUS124NEXT
Sort by:
  • Rogayah
    Reading, United Kingdom
    11/15/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too, too twee"

    A pastiche of a British village where everyone seems a big fish in a small pond. The hero, if that is what he is is too, too dashingly handsome, the victim is such that even I am happy to see her dead etc...All this, combined with an unctuous reader who reads giving the impression that he wants us to know that he knows he is reading something very witty almost leads me to tear my hair out, gnash my teeth or stamp my foot and many other cliches.

    I was totally mislead by the blurb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.