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Wicked Autumn
Max Tudor Mystery - Book I
G M Malliet

Constable and Robinson Crime
28 February 2013 / ISBN: 9781472106230
Mystery / Contemporary / England

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

The idyllic village of Nether Monkslip boasts many shops run by local craftspeople and has an active Women''s Institute. Unfortunately this group has the hugely unpopular Wanda Batton-Smythe as its president, so perhaps it is not surprising when she is found dead at the Harvest Fayre. At first it appears to be an accident, but this village has as its new vicar one Max Tudor, formerly an agent for MI5.…

This village cozy has all the classic ingredients you expect: pretty village bursting at the seams with quaint characters, unusual amateur sleuth, victim everybody hated etc. Written first and foremost for the US market there are a few things a true Brit will be frowning over but apart from that it ticks all the boxes. Anybody who loves villages or wonders what it would be like to live in one will certainly enjoy the wealth of description, as this is a book where everything is described in great detail. At times even the mystery takes a back seat to all this, but amongst the verbiage are many witticisms and insightful remarks about life in modern Britain. If you are a UK resident who enjoys cozy mysteries and wishes more were published over here then this ought to suit.

Reviewed 2013