Winner of the Agatha Award forDeath of a Cozy Writer, which
initially won the Malice Domestic grant, G.M. Malliet attended
Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University
of Cambridge, the setting for her previous series, the St. Just
mysteries. READER BIO
Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984, has recorded over two hundred titles, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. As a professional actor, Michael has performed regularly since 1998 in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is currently a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife and daughters. He has a particular interest in Shakespeare and Eastern European theater and travels frequently to Hungary and Romania.
Agatha Christie fans will relish Malliet's delicious second Max Tudor novel (after 2011's Wicked Autumn), which, in classic golden age fashion, includes a closed-circle of suspects and a dramatic final reveal to a captive audience. Tudor, a former MI5 agent who's now the vicar of St. Edwold's in Nether Monkslip, looks into the deadly goings-on at Chedrow Castle. During the Christmas season, someone stabs wealthy Lord Footrustle to death in his bedroom shortly after he survives a bout of food poisoning. When his sister, Lady Baynard, hears the tragic news, she dies of apparent shock. Tudor questions the many family members in the castle at the time, all of whom could have had pecuniary motives for murder. Clever deduction and a logical fair-play solution are enhanced by the author's wry humor (e.g., one character "sound[s] remarkably like an Eliza Doolittle who has skipped a few lessons"). Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Max Tudor, an MI5 agent-turned-Anglican priest, is again involved in solving a murder in this sequel to Wicked Autumn. Here, 75-year-old Lord Footrustle, in an unusual move, has invited his extended family for Christmas at Chedrow castle. Very soon after their arrival, the host and his twin sister are murdered. Called in to assist with the funerals, Father Max moves to the castle with the unspoken assumption that he will take a major role in solving the murders. Veteran narrator Michael Page expertly portrays the numerous characters in both the small English village of Nether Monkslip and the family residing in the castle. VERDICT This contemporary cozy English-house mystery will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie. Recommended. ["This series shines for its wit, well-drawn characters, pitch-perfect dialog, and intricately structured puzzle. Don't expect to be rushed-it's a leisurely paced read begging for the reader to catch every last detail," declared the review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc, LJ 10/1/12.-Ed.]-Mary Knapp, Madison P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
One of the Best Books 2012: Mysteries. Starred review. ""Malliet
doesn't miss a step in her stellar second case for her handsome
vicar... This series shines for its wit, well-drawn characters,
pitch-perfect dialog, and intricately structured puzzle."" -
""Michael Page narrates this manor house mystery in an elegant British voice. He's got Malliet's sarcasm about the exploits of the wealthy down. At the same time, Page has a harsher - and, at times, sad - voice for Tudor, which reminds listeners of the hero's troubled past in MI5. The story is complicated. The reading starts with a list of characters and their relationships. At the end, Tudor's explanation of the elaborate murder plot takes quite a chunk of time. Nonetheless, Malliet's well-observed descriptions, matched with her sly humor and offbeat characters, will hold listeners' interest."" - AudioFile Magazine
Starred review. ""Clever deduction and a logical fair-play solution are enhanced by the author's wry humor..."" - Publishers Weekly