" A Demon Summer makes the case that Malliet may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining," raved The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the fourth Max Tudor Mystery.Read more...
"A Demon Summer makes the case that Malliet may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining," raved The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the fourth Max Tudor Mystery.
Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers and cozy fans everywhere with her acclaimed English village mysteries featuring handsome cleric Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent.
Now, in The Haunted Season, something sinister is afoot at Totleigh Hall, the showcase of the sleepy English village of Nether Monkslip. Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the days when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. But a sudden grisly death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues is once again called into play. This cleverly plotted novel of the classic mystery school is sure to delight Malliet 's fans.
- ISBN-13: 9781250021441
- ISBN-10: 1250021448
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds
Series: Max Tudor Novels
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Max Tudor worries whether he has somehow become a magnet for murder as violent death once again strikes Nether Monkslip, the English village where Max is adapting to life as a husband and parent, in Agatha Award–winner Malliet’s subpar fifth cozy featuring the former MI5 agent turned priest (after 2014’s Demon Summer). When the local lord of the manor goes for his evening horseback ride, someone stretches a length of wire across his lordship’s path, with fatal results. Inspector Cotton, Max’s friend on the force, asks him to assist with the investigation, which begins with the dead man’s family: his two grown children, his bride, and his mother, known within the family as Crazy Caroline. Some readers may find that the many names that sound as though they come straight from Wodehouse—Fugglestone Parva, the Rev. Destiny Chatsworth—distract from the mystery. The cold calculation behind the murder and the resolution of a minor subplot will strike others as contrived and implausible. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary. (Oct.)