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A Fatal Winter (Max Tudor Book 2) by [Malliet, G.M.]
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G M Malliet has brought the village cosy into the twenty first century... Wicked Autumn is a refreshing read for everyone who loves a really good murder. (Charles Todd.)

A tiny village in the English countryside during a storm-wracked winter. A house party at the local castle that ends in two deaths. A dishy vicar, formerly an MI5 agent, summoned to the castle to solve the certain homicide of the lord. Put it all together, and this is one gift-wrapped package for cozy lovers and Agatha Christie devotees. But it is also a pretty cheeky cozy, written by someone who knows how to use the conventions and poke fun at them at the same time. In the second in the series starring vicar Max Tudor (following Wicked Autumn), Tudor escapes the amorous clutches of the church ladies in Nether Monkslip to visit Chedrow Castle in the wake of the deaths of Lord Footrustle and Lady Baynard. (An old cop friend wants Tudor on the scene to observe the viper's nest of relatives.) Tudor's observations on evil, honed by both his spy and vicar backgrounds, are one of the best features of this thoroughly entertaining mystery. (Booklist)

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The second in the Max Tudor Murder Mystery series. In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor, Anglican priest, former MI5 agent and village heart throb, investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1472106245
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BSSRRY0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, Wicked Autumn I was so looking forward to this. I have to agree with the other reviewers here, it was a little disappointing. It centres around Chedrow Castle with little input from the village of Nether Monkslip and therein I think, lies the problem. Father Max is as ever a character to enjoy but without the involvement of his cohorts in the village this fell a little flat for me. It was very slow, only revolving around the cast of suspects residing at the castle in the wake of the murder but that shouldn't have been a problem; I can remember devouring Agatha Christie's Crooked House which has the same premise but there the confined characters came to life under the pen of the skilled author. This invites a little page skiming but if you can reach half way it does pick up giving a quite satisfying murder mystery. I hate writing reviews such as this as to be able to compose a story at all must be wonderful. However, I do think this author should take issue with her editors in that to "sell" a quintisencially English village story the first thing you must do is speak(or write) in the appropriate language. The word gotton appears with regularity alongside other americanisims so takes away the joy of the tale; in other words, it just doesn't fit. I have however just finished the third in the series, Pagan Spring and found that set among the village once more the story came to life. It is with these novels the backdrop of the village and it's quirky residents which gives this series it's edge so I would say don't give up on G. M. Mallet, I am sure there are many more wonderful times to be had down in the murderous village of Nether Monkslip.
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This is the second Max Tudor story I have read and I enjoyed it very much. It is a quintessentially English setting with English characters. Regrettably Americanisms creep in too often. 'Gotten?' And what the hell is a breakfast cake? I look forward to a Summer story, but in English please.
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The first book in the series I enjoyed (a three star) and I bought this to read on holiday. There were so many errors in it that it just annoyed me. I don't mind light and frothy books that provide an escape but that should not be an excuse for errors and statements that show a lack of research or knowledge. So i stopped reading this half way through.
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It is coming up to the season of goodwill when Max Tudor, Anglican Priest and former MI5 agent becomes involved in investigating the murder of Oscar, Lord Footrustle. He is invited to stay at Oscar's castle home where all the relatives are gathered ready to celebrate Christmas.

No one seems to know why Oscar had invited everyone for Christmas since he didn't really get on with most of them. His sister, Leticia, Lady Banyard was also found dead at about the same time as Oscar's murder is discovered. Was she also murdered? Or did she die from the shock of hearing of his death?

Max is going to have his work cut out to get to the bottom of the mystery before the murderer strikes again. There are tensions and disagreements to explore and plenty of motives for almost anyone to have done the deed especially as Oscar was extremely wealthy.

This books seems quite slow at times but it is worth persevering as the descriptions and the characters are very good indeed with plenty of amusing one liners. I like Max Tudor as a character and the way he conducts his investigations. Village and castle life are depicted with a sure hand and I felt as though I knew all the people involved in the story by the time I'd finished the book.
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series- 'Wicked Autumn.' However, I couldn't get through this one at all. It consists of long 'setting up' passages about each character. Then long interviews with each character, then more talking....
The book is set almost completely in the Manor House, with a lot of the interesting village characters missing,
I read the first bit, then skipped to the end to keep up with the personal life of the sexy vicar.
I will give the next one a go, as it is set back in the village again.
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Max Tudor has the potential to be a good and long running series. Fatal Winter was a reasonable, if slow, read. The story needed abridging and tightening up. The village of Nether Monkslip is almost as much of a character as Father Max. This adds to the interest, and the characters and relationships will, I hope continue to develop.
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This is a classic country house murder (grumpy old man with a dysfunctional squabbling family) but set in modern times – the author seems obsessed with mentioning Kate Middleton to show how current it is!

The hero is a vicar in a country village and after the murder he is placed by the police in the family home even though only one of them has any hint of religion. Rather than wondering what this stranger was doing with them and why he wasn’t sleeping in his own nearby home the family all open up to him and he solves the mystery. One wonders what the police were doing. This set-up belongs more to a classic 1930’s style whodunnit rather than a modern setting. The resolution of the murder was a bit convoluted and highly unlikely and unbelievable.

The book is also too long. The first part opens at a pace with introductions to all the family members and then a quick murder. After that however it goes to sleep and takes forever to get going – no opportunity for pointless waffling is ignored. Some of the descriptions and events of village life were shoved in and seemed out of place – almost as if were a screenplay for a midsummer murders type village.

This is the second in a series. It was passable but based on this I won’t be reading more in the series.
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