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Wicked Autumn: A Max Tudor Novel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2012
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 narrow and some of the buildings may lean a little, Nether Monkslip has had a bit of an update since the days of the traditional cozy. Most of the businesses in town do a brisk internet business in items from antiques to hand-knitted designer sweaters to marzipan candies. Father Max, the new Vicar, formerly of MI5, thought he had found an idyllic place to scrub away the memories that still haunted him.

Of course every pudding has its lumps, and Nether Monkslip's is wealthy Wanda Batton-Smythe, formidable self-appointed Leader of the Community and head of the Womens' Institute. As the book opens, she is busily planning the Harvest Fayre; perfectly sure of how it should be run, running roughshod over any and all other opinions. Are we unbearably surprised when she shows up dead in the midst of the Fayre?

This is an enjoyable fair-play spoof on the mysteries of the Golden Age, with occasional flashes of well placed laugh-out-loud humor. I was a little concerned at how much of Max's past the author revealed in this first book; will he continue to be as intriguing with his angst out of the bag (at least to the reader), so to speak?

I will certainly read the next book to find out.

ETA: The author has provided a charming online map of Nether Monkslip. Google it for a complete classic cozy experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
Looking for a new author of cozy mysteries, I came across G.M. Malliet's Death of Cozy Writer and loved it. Wicked Autumn with Max Tudor is the starting book of a different series by Ms. Malliet and one that I'd hoped to enjoy just as much.
A few things jar in this book. It is set in an English village but, like the St Just story, this book contains the words 'gotten' and 'disoriented' enough times to make them noticeable.
Also - being the first in a new series - there is a LOT of backstory here, especially about Max and his previous career. This pulls away from the mystery of the death of Wanda and the reasons for it to such an extent that it began to annoy. But then...

I found myself deep in the story, knowing that I had to read to the end.
I recommend Wicked Autumn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a bad book by any means but if an American is going to write an English mystery please, please do not use the American spelling. It spoilt quite a good book. Also, who the hell is Cotton Mather? I have never heard of him and I very much doubt that he is English or had any dealings of any importance in this country. Cut out the American rubbish and the book is quite good but as it kept coming up it spoilt the book.
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on 1 February 2013
This is the first title I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I look forward to others in the series. An unusual hero i.e. an exMI6 operative now a vicar but I think it works.
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on 9 February 2015
Funny and enchanting
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