Wicked Autumn

Wicked Autumn

A Max Tudor Novel

Book - 2011
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His tranquility as the established vicar of a New Age village shattered by the murder of an unpopular woman, former MI5 agent Max Tudor struggles with past demons while trying to identify a killer in his peaceful community.

McMillan Palgrave

What could be more dangerous than cozy village life in the English countryside?

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. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. 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.

Max has ministered to the community long enough to be familiar with the tangled alliances and animosities among the residents, but this tragedy surprises and confounds him. It is impossible to believe anyone in his lovely village capable of the crime, and yet given the victim, he must acknowledge that almost everyone had probably fantasized about killing Wanda Batton-Smythe.

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. In WICKED AUTUMN, G.M. Malliet serves up an irresistible English village—deliciously skewered—a flawed but likeable protagonist, and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery.

One of The Boston Globe's Best Mysteries of 2011
One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011


Baker
& Taylor

His tranquility as the established vicar of a New Age village shattered by the murdered of an unpopular woman, former MI5 agent Max Tudor struggles with past demons while trying to identify a killer in his peaceful community. By the Agatha Award-winning author of Death of a Cozy Writer. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312646974
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY MAL
Characteristics: xv, 297 p. :,map ;,22 cm.

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JCLChristiH Apr 21, 2018

Max Tudor has gone from MI5 agent to parish vicar of St. Edwold's in the cozy little village of Nether Monkslip; but, he even there he hasn't escaped from being drawn into solving an unexplained death. Who in is sleepy little place could be capable of murder?

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maipenrai
Nov 13, 2016

The first book in the Max Tudor series

coroboreefarm Nov 12, 2015

If you enjoy vintage British village mysteries and are intrigued by The Grandchester tales, this series of mysteries, featuring the Reverend Max Tudor , handsome ex spy, and current vicar at St. Edwold's Church in Nether Monkslip will charm and entertain you. The tales of murder and mayhem are organized around the seasons of the year, and the stories feature an entertaining and recurring cast of village dwellers. These books are perfect for lovers of the "cozy" mystery.

Current titles in the series include; A Fatal Winter, Pagan Spring, A Demon Summer, Wicked Autumn and The Haunted Season.

BugLady1 Oct 05, 2013

Good mystery. Kept me guessing until the end. Delightful characters. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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meyoubou
Mar 21, 2013

This promises to be a good series. I look forward to more from Malliet.

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emerge
Nov 19, 2012

This is the first time I've read this author & I doubt I'll pick up another. Max is an interesting character but the story is just a little too sleepy & slow paced for my taste.

JeremiahSutherland Aug 14, 2012

This book is a little wordy in places. The characterizations are very well done. The author brings a tongue-in-cheek humour to her prose that lightens the mood.

bdemian Feb 25, 2012

A charming setting, interesting characters, and an intriguing idea: a slyly witty homage to Christie; but somewhat weakened by sloppy writing and editing.

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Myrna90210
Nov 06, 2011

Entertaining and I didn't see "who done it" until it was inked out for me. I love that!

Village, self-titled, queen (Wanda) is murdered during THE annual event, the Harvest Fayre. The new vicar, Max, who in his previous life was a MI5 agent, is brought in to help the police solve the crime.

Not quite as silly as it sounds, but did the vicar really have to be MI5? I guess that makes for interesting back story and can explain his skills.

A quaint setting. Are all these small tiny hamlets in rural England so successful and full of happy people? Makes me want to visit friends there.

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