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3.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 53.48 out of 5 3.48 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. M. Malliet Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Max Tudor Series Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781611204414
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A superb novel! Filled with humor and insight, G. M. Malliet creates a fabulous setting in Nether Monkslip and a great series hero in Father Max Tudor. Rarely have I read descriptions that have left me gasping, in both their hilarity and their painful truth. A wonderful read.”

    Louise Penny, Agatha Award–winning author of the Armand Gamache mysteries

  • “Agatha Award–winning author Malliet 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 (starred review)

  • “Malliet has mastered the delights of the cozy mystery so completely that she seems to be channeling Agatha Christie…[with] ironic humor that contribute[s] a little spice to the village charm, making the story even more delicious. Religion, espionage, tea, and crumpets: a winning menu.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “There are certain things you really want to have in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth, a festive event, some eccentric locals, a dash of humor, and maybe a nice map. G. M. Malliet delivers all that in Wicked Autumn.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A 2011 Agatha Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2011 Boston Globe Book of the Year for Mysteries
  • A 2011 Library Journal Best Book for Mysteries
  • A 2012 Dilys Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn Harvey | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book, just not overwhelmingly. It's an interesting take on the English village "cozy" and opens well, but overall I couldn't take a great interest in the village characters. I'll read the next book in the series, but without great enthusiasm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/11/2014

    " I liked it for a first book in a series; however, the ending where they went into detail about solving the murder was too long. I look forward to reading the next book, A Fatal Winter, which will be available in the fall. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MaryAnn | 2/7/2014

    " Rarely do I find a British mystery that I don't like, but this one was it! Billed as a cozy mystery, the writing seems contrived and too cute, the characters very stereotypical. Maybe some other time--or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 1/17/2014

    " Good but not as good as its press. Something just seemed a little off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2014

    " This book sounded like something I would really like but it turnes out that it just wasn't my style. I found myself skimming the pages to just get through it. I'm sure others may love it - but this one was not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anie | 1/1/2014

    " Listened to this book on the way home from trip to pick up trailer. We both enjoyed it. Characters are well developed, so you can follow the reading without going "who is that?". The narrator was excellent. Will definately look for more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/27/2013

    " This was intriguing and typically British in many ways. It has a bit of a taste of the spy thriller, alongside a great cozy mystery. Loved this book and cannot wait for the next in the series to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi Fisher | 12/25/2013

    " nice cozy. interesting protaganist in the village vicar who just happens to be a former spy. well written and lots of fun "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Max | 12/13/2013

    " Never finished...read 70 pages and still no one died... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 11/27/2013

    " I thought this book sounded intriguing...an MI5 agent turned vicar solving a mystery in a small English village. It was OK but it didn't hold my interest; very slow paced and characters I didn't care about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 11/18/2013

    " A "classic" village mystery, reworked for modern times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 11/10/2013

    " What a fun read! The characters in the English village are real 'characters', with lots of personality. I love the country setting and the interplay between the villagers. I especially like the improbable casting of the village priest being a retired MI5 agent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/20/2013

    " An amusing "cozy mystery" with likeable characters in an English village setting. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Nagy | 10/18/2013

    " A nice english village mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 10/2/2013

    " Liked the setting and the characters but the mystery did not pull me in too much. I would read another in the series (this is the first) because Max has potential as a lead character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 8/8/2013

    " A fun mystery (which I love to read)! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 8/4/2013

    " Wonderful! A cozy with a kick. The vicar served in MI5 for 15 years and is nobody's fool, albeit a decent and kindhearted chap. The writing is superb, a bit like a Granny Smith apple. Not too sweet, but mellow and full bodied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 3/7/2013

    " A well-written, enjoyable mystery, with well-painted setting and characters. I will definitely read more. Thanks, Anne - I can be pretty sure that if you like a mystery, I will too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathryn | 6/18/2012

    " I loved, loved, loved this book and can't wait until the next title in the series. The author did a great job setting the context -- describing characters, town, dynamics -- all while the plot developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glory | 5/18/2012

    " Just started but loving it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beata Bowen | 3/23/2012

    " A modern cozy, with some humor and irony. Enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/23/2011

    " This is a murder mystery set in a cozy English village. It's funny and charming and I'll definitely read more in the Max Tudor series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/21/2011

    " I really enjoyed parts of this book and parts of it really dragged. I will try the second one when it comes out. The setting is a strong point and Max Tudor was an interesting character. "

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About the Author

G. M. Malliet is a journalist, copywriter, and award-winning author of mystery fiction. She attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge. Her first novel, Death of a Cozy Writer, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2008 and won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She now lives in the Washington, DC, area.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.