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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Sara on 10-08-14

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.

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By Virginia Waldron on 02-14-15

Too Many Sermons

A lot of the characters are caricatures: the vegetarian, the independent femme fatale etc.
There is quite a lot of preaching about tolerance of difference which I found utterly tedious. The narrator is superb and wasted on such drivel. The author plays it too safe and endeavours to convert the reader to political correctness. A great setting and a fun idea for a cozy but the fearful and timid writing destroyed what it had the potential to offer.

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18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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By Carmen on 02-22-16

For watchers of Midsommer Murders

What made the experience of listening to Wicked Autumn the most enjoyable?

Moments of laugh-out-loud character dynamics catch you entirely off guard in the best possible way.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character is both human and endearing, without seeming impossibly perfect.

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

This is one of those narrators who reminds me why I love audio books.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me (and my beloved) laugh long and heartily.

Any additional comments?

One reviewer said it was twee. Well - yes. But in a GOOD way. It isn't gory, and it isn't dark. It reads like the best of the Midsommer Murder episodes and will appeal to those so inclined.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Carôle on 07-27-16

Not as. Dire or as Delicious as portrayed!

If you are accustomed to reading the Miss Silver novels, then this is on a par. Certainly no better, but definitely not worse. Maybe not as clever as Agatha Christie, but in my opinion, it gives Ngaio Marsh a run for her money.

So I definitely enjoyed it, in the way that I definitely do not enjoy the small village antics of Agatha French(!?! I've forgotten the characters' name!!), which is like marmite! I intend to keep on discovering this cast of characters. An enjoyable, gentle read.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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