Wicked Autumn

Wicked Autumn

G.M. Malliet / Jan 21, 2020

Wicked Autumn What could be 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 see

  • Title: Wicked Autumn
  • Author: G.M. Malliet
  • ISBN: 9780312646974
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What could be 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 andWhat could be 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 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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      • G.M. Malliet

        G.M Malliet is the Agatha Award winning author of the St Just and Max Tudor mysteries as well as the standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE She lives on the East Coast of the US but all of her books are set in the UK, her home away from home for part of every year.She received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and did further graduate work at Oxford University Upon her return to the US, determined to pursue her lifelong dream of being a published author, she began rising at 4 a.m to write her short stories and novels before the start of her day job After the unexpected success of her first book, she left a career writing for corporations like USA Today and PBS to focus full time on her own writing With five Agatha and three Anthony nominations, she s also been shortlisted for the Macavity, Left Coast Crime, IPPY, Daphne, David, and Dilys awards The audio version of her second novel, read by Davina Porter, was a 2014 Anthony nominee.Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, and The Strand She still regards the short story as the most difficult yet satisfying form of writing.Her series from Macmillan featuring Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent turned vicar of a small English village, debuted in the autumn of 2011 Of the fourth book in the series, Cleveland raved Malliet may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment along with Tana French She s certainly the most entertaining Her dark standalone mystery WEYCOMBE appeared in October 2017 The author is donating part of the proceeds from that book to the Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.The seventh Tudor novel, IN PRIOR S WOOD, will be published in April 2018.She is represented by the Vicky Bijur Literary Agency You can visit her at GMMalliet, at facebook gliet, at instagram gliet , and at twitter GMMalliet.


    1. Rating: 3.125* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 [...]

    2. A tribute to the Golden Age…of AmericaPresident of the Women’s Institute and self-proclaimed leader of all village ventures, Wanda Batton-Smythe is overbearing and rude to all. Nobody likes her, but does someone hate her enough to kill her? When she is found dead during the Harvest Fayre, local MI5-agent-turned-vicar Max Tudor suspects foul play…This is a fun take on the Golden Age mystery with much to recommend it. Well written and with a good deal of mild humour, the book nods repeatedly [...]

    3. A fun and entertaining read in the rural 'cosy' crime mould, a bit like Christie meets Midsomer Murders but with just the one corpse. Even less realistic than the crime is the notion that a modern English village might boast a manned railway station, two pubs and a whole array of small shops. At first the idea that Nether Monkslip could support a butcher, baker and candlemaker seemed laughable. That said, the candlemaker is actually believeable; it is small shops selling essentials that no longe [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this book, but in the end the characterization of the main character as an Anglican priest just drove me crazy. Now, in fairness, I've never lived in England and maybe Anglican priests really do act like this-- but the clergy this side of the pond, and the clergy of other books set in the UK do not. To be more specific, Christianity is an exclusive religion in that it doesn't teach that it doesn't matter which religion you pick, as if any of them are fine. Jesus said in t [...]

    5. 3.25 Adequate English cozy mystery Pro:+English mystery, so it gets standard bonus points from me. +Though cozy isn't a genre I read much, this one isn't sweet, cute, or overly domestic or hen-clutch-ish. That makes it unusual for a cozy, as I know them, so it's palatable enough for my tastes for a very light read. +The MI5 officer turned village priest is a potentially interesting concept that sort of worked well enough for the kind of story that it is. Con:-The crime is uber cliche and pretty [...]

    6. G.M. Malliet's probably better known for her Chief Inspector St. Just mysteries, including the Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer. Take St. Just, give him a shadowy (if implausible) MI-5 past, and slap an Anglican dog collar on him, and you have village vicar Max Tudor, the protagonist of Wicked Autumn, the first in a planned series. They're virtually indistinguishable, right down to the philosophical ruminations and the shy schoolboy-like romances. Not that it matters. I enjoyed the tw [...]

    7. Father Max Tudor has been the vicar at St Edwold's in Nether Monkslip for three years and he has been warmly welcomed into what he perceives as a kind of Eden after his eventful years with MI5. But all is not well in his little town as he discovers when the chairman of the Women's Institute, a much disliked busybody, is murdered on the day of the Harvest Fayre she worked so hard to make a success. I might add that this is the most unusual method of murder I've encountered in all my years of read [...]

    8. Oh I really enjoyed this book!! I was a little concerned when it was picked for our book club, but those fears were quickly put to rest as I started reading this book. In fact, midway through this book, I ordered the second one. I think this will be a great addition to my mystery series that I truly enjoy.Max Tudor, local MI-5 agent turned Vicar/Priest in the village of Nether Monkslip [there are a TON of Monkslips in this book; THAT was the only thing that bothered me; trying to keep up with al [...]

    9. As the first in an intended series, quite a bit of this book was devoted to a leisurely set-up so thorough that a careful reader could find his way if dropped suddenly into the center of the village, and could probably recognize many of the characters on the street. No map is necessary (although one would have been delightful.) The cast of characters is listed, so we can probably expect to meet most of them in subsequent books - unless they're killed off first. Although the lanes are still narro [...]

    10. Father Brown meets James Bond!Okay, perhaps a G.K. Chesterton - Ian Fleming collaboration is rather far-fetched, but were they able to collaborate, they might have produced something akin to G. M. Malliet's stalwart hero Max Tudor.I should confess right off that I'm well disposed toward the Cozy Mystery, even with its associated expectations. Generally set in an English village, Cozies require a cast of quirky characters, a protagonist who may be a professional police officer/detective (or a lit [...]

    11. There is a great start to this mystery novel set in the village of Nether Monkslip where retired MI5 agent Max Tudor has become vicar of St Edwold's. It is a quiet, idyllic village and Max thinks that he has found the perfect place to escape his harrowing past and enjoy a life of peace among the mixture of eccentric, retiring and sometimes fractious and argumentative villagers.He is preparing for the Harvest Fayre with the various characters involved; the formidable, bumptious Wanda Batton-Smyth [...]

    12. For readers who relish a traditional mystery with a satiric edge, perfect for a cozy fireside read, try G.M. Malliet’s “Wicked Autumn.’’ It’s set a world away from London and a breath away from Agatha Christie’s St. Mary Meade in Nether Monkslip, a quaint, isolated village with copious bucolic charm but not a smidge of ethnic diversity. Where once there were blacksmiths and wheelwrights, now shopkeepers peddle New Age crystals and organic jellies and jams.The story opens with the for [...]

    13. This is the second series of Anglican vicars turned detectives that I have started in the last couple of months! This does mean that avoiding comparisons is next to impossibleThis one was recommended to me by a family member, and besides knowing that it was about an ex-MI5 agent who became a parish priest and then got mixed up in murders, I didn’t read the blurb to find out the details of what it was about. Despite this, it was fairly clear from the outset who the murder victim was going to be [...]

    14. I enjoyed some sections of this mystery, the first in a series set in a Midsomer Murders-type village, but overall I found it a disappointment. The detective, Max Tudor, is an intriguing character - a former secret agent who has created a new life as a vicar, yet can't forget his former training. There are also some good witty lines. Unfortunately, though, many of the villagers are painfully stereotyped and some of the humour doesn't work all that well, to me anyway. I started off listening to t [...]

    15. Wicked Autumn debuts in a typical English village with the first sentence grabbing my attention: Wanda Batton-Smythe, head of the women's Institute of Nether Monkslip, liked to say she was not one to mince words." Captivated by this sentence, I kept reading.The author paints a very nice picture of the English village full of delightful characters. Malliet provided a list of those characters at the beginning of the book in order to help our feeble minds keep up with everything. The best part of t [...]

    16. 4 - 4.5 starsI will definitely read more in this series; I liked that the clergyperson was portrayed as an interesting multi-facted character who was after both good and truth. He had had a kind of "Saul/Paul on the Road to Damascus" experience and was a former MI5 agent before becoming the vicar in a small contemporary English village. Yes, I agree with critics who would like to see British English spelling and punctuation, including Britishisms, if the book is meant to be set in England. If we [...]

    17. Max Tudor - Anglican priest, former M15 agent, and village heartthrob - investigates the murder of Wanda Batton-Smythe. Wanda is a resident of Nether Monkslip a sleepy United Kingdom town where a murder had not been committed in centuries. Wanda was known for her bluntness and rudeness, many thought of killing her in jest. But, someone actually did. The evidence starts to pile up. But, the pieces do not fit together until Lydia Lace, an acolyte, at St. Edwold's church faints after she sees the k [...]

    18. When Louise Penny blurbs a book, I'm likely to read it, and in this case, I'm very glad I did. In many respects, this is a classic English village mystery. Set in the Brigadoon-ish village of Nether Monkslip at the time of the annual Harvest Fayre, it features the usual eccentric villagers and a murder victim so universally disliked that anyone could have done it. What raises this book above its "cozy mystery" neighbors is the amateur detective. The Reverend Max Tudor, parish priest of St. Edwol [...]

    19. It was very difficult for me to get into this book. I bought all of the books in this series expecting to love them. I am so disappointed. I did not like the language used, it was hard to understand what was going on at times. There were way too many characters to keep track of. Way, way too descriptive. I dont like when an author interrupts a convo between 2 characters to give a 2 page back story.I felt disconnected the whole way through. I did not form an emotion or a connection with any of th [...]

    20. New series for me. There was quite a bit of “introductory” info scattered throughout this novel as we got to know the handsome vicar and the colorful parishioners. Once we settled in it was great to visit Nether Monkslip and I plan to return regularly.

    21. This is a somewhat "different" mystery read many chapters before the murder occurred and then the murder was solved and still a few chapters to read. I got a bit confused at the end but overall I really enjoyed all the "extra" descriptions and details. A lot of it was British culture and description, and I really enjoyed that. I loved the language, which was very easy to read English, yet employed a few very British words, which was fun. I liked the references to very currant issues, and over [...]

    22. I stumbled upon this on the new books shelf at the library, though it's not that new, which says something about the local library. Ah well. The endorsement by Louise Penny was enough for me to give it a try. This is a cozy mystery set in the perfect English village of Nether Monkslip (gotta love that name). To my surprise, I found the author is an American, albeit one educated in England who spent a good deal of time there. The humor was appropriately dry, with a slight undertone of snarkiness, [...]

    23. Max Tudor, traumatized by the death of his partner and his own injuries, both spiritual and physical, realized almost too late the importance of the human spirit and the ties that bind us all together under God. When he did, however, he left his harrowing life as an MI-5 agent to become the vicar in the small village of Nether Monkslip, where he has lived for the past two years, reveling in the peace and tranquility he has found there. Despite the little foibles of village life, including nosy n [...]

    24. IN A NUTSHELLQUICK AND DIRTY SYNOPSISWARNING! SPOILERS!I am going to start writing these "In a Nutshell" synopsis for books I've read. I have very often, after some time and so many books, forgotten plot points and/or endings of books I've read. Then, when wanting to discuss the book with a someone I've struggled to find anyone on the internet willing to spill the beans to refresh my memory. Perhaps I am not the only one and these will come in handy for others as well. These few major plot point [...]

    25. I was disappointed in this one, unfortunately, because I really wanted to like it. I was hoping for something along the lines of the Hamish Macbeth series, full of eccentric minor characters and abundant in small-town charm. This really felt too forced, though, and it took way too long to set everything up. Granted, this is intended to be the first in a series, but I wanted to put the book down and not finish it on several occasions. But I also really wanted to know who did it. And the second ha [...]

    26. As a fan of G.M. Malliet, I was surprised that this newest novel didn't resonate as well with me as previous ones. I am blaming it on the tardy appearance of connection of the main character, Max Tudor, with the other characters of the village Nether Monkslip. Not until after the 200-page mark of this 297 page book did Max have any really personal conversation or connection to another village resident, this being with Awena Owen, owner of Goddessspell, the village's New Age shop. With Max being [...]

    27. Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.Humorous and compassionate, G. M. Malliet's Wicked Autumn is a real treat for lovers of British mystery. Set in the small, quiet English village of Nether Monkslip, the novel features Max Tudor, an ex-MI5 agent turned Anglican vicar, as the amateur sleuth. Max shares the stage with as collection of villagers as delightfully offbeat as you will find outside Margery Allingham's Campion series. Malliet is scrupulously fair in presenting the reader [...]

    28. Well, once again, I feel bad. I really should have liked this book. We've got a former spy who turned into an Anglican priest. I have a fondness for Anglican clergy. We've got an eccentric, small British village. I love old-time small British village life. We've got quirky characters galore. I love quirky characters. My spouse liked the book and recommended it. My spouse used to be my greatest source of reading material, and she's done a rather good job lo all these many years. ButI didn't reall [...]

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