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A Fatal Winter ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ A Fatal Winter By G.M. Malliet ❤ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In A Fatal Winter, Max Anglican priest, former MI agent, and village heartthrob investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the rec In A Fatal Winter, Max Anglican priest, former MI agent, and village heartthrob investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long lost, greedy relatives, A Fatal MOBI :Þ any one of whom has a motive for murder With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome non celibate priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.


10 thoughts on “A Fatal Winter

  1. Primrose Peasemarch Primrose Peasemarch says:

    I have so much love for this series I love how Malliet moves the plot along and also weaves a few elements that foreshadow events in the future books The Christmas season setting in the house party murder mystery was a nice touch Max Tudor as an MI5 agent turned vicar, battles with himself over past demons, a devotion to truth seeking, love, and the expectations of his bishop.


  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somewhere in the middle it started to drag quite a bit, to the point that I was frustrated by the time the murderer was revealed I missed that it took place outside of Max s village and villagers, which I found so charming in the first book Also, while I do enjoy the detailed descriptions of the people and places, I grew really tired of being constantly reminded how handsome and beautiful and perfect both Max and Awena are, by every character th I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somewhere in the middle it started to drag quite a bit, to the point that I was frustrated by the time the murderer was revealed I missed that it took place outside of Max s village and villagers, which I found so charming in the first book Also, while I do enjoy the detailed descriptions of the people and places, I grew really tired of being constantly reminded how handsome and beautiful and perfect both Max and Awena are, by every character they encounter and the narrator Awena especially veers very close to Mary Sue territory, with her purple eyes and smelling of everything beautiful in the world and being compared to a fairy tale queen, goddess, or statue come to life I suppose part of this is because that is how Max, being completely ga ga over her, sees her, but I hope it s toned down in future novels I can already tell there are interesting, human characters under all that, just give them a chance to shine on their own Anyways, overall I m looking forward to the next book


  3. Larraine Larraine says:

    Sometimes there s nothing better than a good old fashioned British cozy In this case, there sthan a bit of tongue in cheek despite the setting in a village known as Nether Monkslip Doesn t that make you want to visit It did it for me Then there s the main character, Father Max Tudor, very handsome even dashing former MI5, now an Anglican priest and vicar of St Edwolt s Father Max has become an unofficial investigator for the local inspector who is a terrier in his own way Sometimes there s nothing better than a good old fashioned British cozy In this case, there sthan a bit of tongue in cheek despite the setting in a village known as Nether Monkslip Doesn t that make you want to visit It did it for me Then there s the main character, Father Max Tudor, very handsome even dashing former MI5, now an Anglican priest and vicar of St Edwolt s Father Max has become an unofficial investigator for the local inspector who is a terrier in his own way he will worry any murderer out of hiding This is a classic closed mystery There s a houseful of people in for Christmas Two elderly people twins who have lived together for years after widowhood and divorce are entertaining their assorted children and an ex spouse Meanwhile, there is romance in the air What I enjoy about these book is the wit You don t often see that any GM Malliet has become one of my yearly go to writers However, if you haven t read any of her books before, start at the beginning It s worth it


  4. Patty Patty says:

    A Fatal WinterByG.M.MallietMy in a nutshell summaryFather Maxlives in a quaint village with an odd housekeeper, a cat and a dog, and a penchant for solving mysteries My thoughts after reading this bookThank goodness for the cast of characters because this was the kind of amazing English mystery that I love and yet have trouble keeping everyone s names correct There is the very very rich Lord Footrustle and there is everyone else who is either related to him or was once married to A Fatal WinterByG.M.MallietMy in a nutshell summaryFather Maxlives in a quaint village with an odd housekeeper, a cat and a dog, and a penchant for solving mysteries My thoughts after reading this bookThank goodness for the cast of characters because this was the kind of amazing English mystery that I love and yet have trouble keeping everyone s names correct There is the very very rich Lord Footrustle and there is everyone else who is either related to him or was once married to him There is the amazing estate where he lives sort of happily until he gets the idea to have everyone come and stay for the holidays Ex wives and children and cousins pop in from all over Andit doesn t take long for one or perhaps even two relatives to bite the dust Of course there is a butler and his wifethe cookand of course the butler finds the first very dead body.Nowenter Father Maxhandsome ex spy priestbut the kind who can date and get married He goes to the estate and eventually figures out who the bad guy guys are.Since this is a cozy mystery this is pretty much all that I can saythe plot, the characters, the settinghandsome Father Maxall must be covered by you, dear reader What I loved about this bookOMGFather Max and his dog Thea and Luther the catthe housekeeperthe quaint villageloved it all The way the story unwraps, all of the very English things, even the foodsare all such fun to read about.What I did not loveMost of Lord Footrustle s relativesthe relatives you just love to hate Final thoughtsThis was a yummy fun cozy English mysterythe second in this series It s the kind of book that makes you savor every character and every plot twist and turn


  5. James James says:

    The first novel in this mystery series by G.M Malliet, Wicket Autumn, introduced readers to the former MI5 Agent turned Anglican Vicar Max Tudor who assists police with murder investigations This second novel in the series, A Fatal Winter, draws him to the lavish setting of Chedrow Castle outside of the Village of Nether Monkslip where he is asked by DCI Cotton to investigate the savage murder of the 75 year old Oscar, the 8th Earl of Foootrustle and seemingly natural death of his twin sister The first novel in this mystery series by G.M Malliet, Wicket Autumn, introduced readers to the former MI5 Agent turned Anglican Vicar Max Tudor who assists police with murder investigations This second novel in the series, A Fatal Winter, draws him to the lavish setting of Chedrow Castle outside of the Village of Nether Monkslip where he is asked by DCI Cotton to investigate the savage murder of the 75 year old Oscar, the 8th Earl of Foootrustle and seemingly natural death of his twin sister, Leticia, Countess of Gravening While comforting and counseling the bereaved, Max must gather information and attempt to unravel the means, motives and method of the killing Few of the characters seem to be remotely sympathetic and most display a fair amount of arrogance and insensitivity After a prime suspect is found murdered the plot thickens.This is a fairly complex murder and scheme, but the clues one would hope to be laid out in one form or another in the first two hundred pages or so are not disclosed until the solution is unveiled in Poirot style near the end of the book This is not a particularly enjoyable read nor is it a cozy Christmas story, and the mystery itself is put aside with much attention to Max s growing love interest I did not find this one to be as successful or enjoyable as the first novel in the Tudor series


  6. Dawn Michelle Dawn Michelle says:

    Meh I really like Max Tudor And I really like all the people in the village where he lives even though they are a bunch of gossiping biddies who really aren t a bad sort, just bored And I really like Awena Owen and the relationship she has with Max and their willingness to try at it even though their theologies don t exactly mix and mesh THAT said this book was.horrible NOT the parts with Max and DCI Cotton and Awena and the villagers those were enjoyable as always BUT the people w Meh I really like Max Tudor And I really like all the people in the village where he lives even though they are a bunch of gossiping biddies who really aren t a bad sort, just bored And I really like Awena Owen and the relationship she has with Max and their willingness to try at it even though their theologies don t exactly mix and mesh THAT said this book was.horrible NOT the parts with Max and DCI Cotton and Awena and the villagers those were enjoyable as always BUT the people who are being investigated for a gruesome murder and a seemingly death of natural causes are TOTALLY and completely hideous and horrible and vile people H O R R I B L E The story was good, in the sense of that the murder when revealed was unique and yet not really and some of the unimportant parts of the story was very interesting But when having to interact with the main people who are being investigated were just H O R R I B L E It made the rest of the story very difficult to enjoy Its tough to like a book when none of the characters are redeemable and it truly matters not who is guilty because they are all just so terrible that you don t care if they all go to jail Meh I will read the next one because I just love Max I love his faith and his love of people and how he interacts with people He is truly a really good man and a great character


  7. Trish Trish says:

    I have mixed feelings about this On the plus side, I like the main characters Max, Awena, DCI Cotton and Sergeant Essex when she s allowed to do anything and it was a decent plot, if a bit long in execution On the minus side, the book was probably 75 pages too long, the editing was sloppy with odd repetition, the timeline didn t feel right, the distance between Max s village and the castle seemed to vary, and I got annoyed by Americanisms in a book set in England Also, names like Footr I have mixed feelings about this On the plus side, I like the main characters Max, Awena, DCI Cotton and Sergeant Essex when she s allowed to do anything and it was a decent plot, if a bit long in execution On the minus side, the book was probably 75 pages too long, the editing was sloppy with odd repetition, the timeline didn t feel right, the distance between Max s village and the castle seemed to vary, and I got annoyed by Americanisms in a book set in England Also, names like Footrustle and Pootle Fitzbutton actually don t exist outside the pages of PG Woodhouse I couldn t tell if they were supposed to be serious or parodies Plus, a little fact checking would have done wonders British Rail hasn t existed since 1997 its either Network Rail, or one of the individual companies nowadays and speed limits are in miles per hour, not kilometres


  8. Trudy Pomerantz Trudy Pomerantz says:

    Despite its many inadequacies, I could actually see myself reading a coupleof this series I found overall the story did work What didn t I like Well, if this priest is anything to go by, the Anglican church is in a great deal of trouble and it is The kind of God that Father Max was portrayed as believing in bears little resemblance to the Christian God, in my not so humble opinion God seemedas an opportunity for Max to spout off some applicable platitude to make everyone feel Despite its many inadequacies, I could actually see myself reading a coupleof this series I found overall the story did work What didn t I like Well, if this priest is anything to go by, the Anglican church is in a great deal of trouble and it is The kind of God that Father Max was portrayed as believing in bears little resemblance to the Christian God, in my not so humble opinion God seemedas an opportunity for Max to spout off some applicable platitude to make everyone feel better The descriptions of his falling for Awena were unbelievable and describing Awena as being unaware of what she was doing I have never met the woman who is as unaware of her beauty and effect on men as is Awena The fact that Max is falling for her, given that she is a pagan, makes his being an Anglican priest even less believable Why bother being a priest if God doesn t affect anything you do, say or believe In fact, I frequently ask this questiongenerally since I would rather spend my Sunday mornings lazing around in bed and then heading over to Starbucks for some coffee but I don t And I simply cannot imagine what kind of cliched tripe he must deliver as his sermon it certainly should not takethan about 30 minutes to prepare since, as the book says, the people want something uplifting Speaking several times of his having to prepare sermons was a little unbelievable but maybe making sure you don t insult anyone or do anything that does not leave everybody feeling perfectly wonderful isdifficult than I imagine The picture of the perfect village at the end strained credulity also everybody saying and doing everything exactly right even down to the local gossipmonger It came off as forced and unnecessary


  9. Darcia Helle Darcia Helle says:

    Sometimes I come across a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders with a kind of So what feeling This was one of those books The pros There is an intriguing array of characters The family dynamics gave the story both tension and humor The whodunit mystery allows readers to play detective along with the characters.The cons The pace is quite slow Nothing much happens for the almost the first third of the book Part I, the first 30 or so pages, is an information dump All the characters Sometimes I come across a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders with a kind of So what feeling This was one of those books The pros There is an intriguing array of characters The family dynamics gave the story both tension and humor The whodunit mystery allows readers to play detective along with the characters.The cons The pace is quite slow Nothing much happens for the almost the first third of the book Part I, the first 30 or so pages, is an information dump All the characters are introduced, along with their various problems and relation within the family Too many unfamiliar characters all at once made for a sort of mind numbing read When those characters were finally each brought back into the story separately, I didn t remember anything about their introductions.Some of the characters began to feellike caricatures than real people And there were relationships that didn t make sense to me For instance, I wasn t clear on how or why Max, the Vicar, developed a love interest in a Pagan woman.And, finally, while this book is supposed to be current, the atmosphere and detective work had a historical feel I had to keep reminding myself this didn t take place a hundred years ago I think, if it had been set in the late 1800s, it would have madesense to me.In the end, this one left me feeling indifferent


  10. Nancy Butts Nancy Butts says:

    After the promise of the 1st book in this series, WICKED AUTUMN, I was disappointed in this installment The author is skilled, and she s got some great ideas the village of Nether Monkslip, the mystery du jour of each book, and the character of Max Tudor But something is lost in translation from germinal idea to actual book She head hops to a destructive degree, does far too much telling when it s convenient for her plot, and her characterization of her village characters especially Max and After the promise of the 1st book in this series, WICKED AUTUMN, I was disappointed in this installment The author is skilled, and she s got some great ideas the village of Nether Monkslip, the mystery du jour of each book, and the character of Max Tudor But something is lost in translation from germinal idea to actual book She head hops to a destructive degree, does far too much telling when it s convenient for her plot, and her characterization of her village characters especially Max and his love interest Awena is neither convincing nor organic I don t buy Max s religious beliefs they don t seem to fit him And what was with the prolonged epilogue in this book Sheesh She could have structured it better than that Still, I want to like this series, so if there is a third book, I will probably read it


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10 thoughts on “A Fatal Winter

  1. Primrose Peasemarch Primrose Peasemarch says:

    I have so much love for this series I love how Malliet moves the plot along and also weaves a few elements that foreshadow events in the future books The Christmas season setting in the house party murder mystery was a nice touch Max Tudor as an MI5 agent turned vicar, battles with himself over past demons, a devotion to truth seeking, love, and the expectations of his bishop.

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somewhere in the middle it started to drag quite a bit, to the point that I was frustrated by the time the murderer was revealed I missed that it took place outside of Max s village and villagers, which I found so charming in the first book Also, while I do enjoy the detailed descriptions of the people and places, I grew really tired of being constantly reminded how handsome and beautiful and perfect both Max and Awena are, by every character th I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somewhere in the middle it started to drag quite a bit, to the point that I was frustrated by the time the murderer was revealed I missed that it took place outside of Max s village and villagers, which I found so charming in the first book Also, while I do enjoy the detailed descriptions of the people and places, I grew really tired of being constantly reminded how handsome and beautiful and perfect both Max and Awena are, by every character they encounter and the narrator Awena especially veers very close to Mary Sue territory, with her purple eyes and smelling of everything beautiful in the world and being compared to a fairy tale queen, goddess, or statue come to life I suppose part of this is because that is how Max, being completely ga ga over her, sees her, but I hope it s toned down in future novels I can already tell there are interesting, human characters under all that, just give them a chance to shine on their own Anyways, overall I m looking forward to the next book

  3. Larraine Larraine says:

    Sometimes there s nothing better than a good old fashioned British cozy In this case, there sthan a bit of tongue in cheek despite the setting in a village known as Nether Monkslip Doesn t that make you want to visit It did it for me Then there s the main character, Father Max Tudor, very handsome even dashing former MI5, now an Anglican priest and vicar of St Edwolt s Father Max has become an unofficial investigator for the local inspector who is a terrier in his own way Sometimes there s nothing better than a good old fashioned British cozy In this case, there sthan a bit of tongue in cheek despite the setting in a village known as Nether Monkslip Doesn t that make you want to visit It did it for me Then there s the main character, Father Max Tudor, very handsome even dashing former MI5, now an Anglican priest and vicar of St Edwolt s Father Max has become an unofficial investigator for the local inspector who is a terrier in his own way he will worry any murderer out of hiding This is a classic closed mystery There s a houseful of people in for Christmas Two elderly people twins who have lived together for years after widowhood and divorce are entertaining their assorted children and an ex spouse Meanwhile, there is romance in the air What I enjoy about these book is the wit You don t often see that any GM Malliet has become one of my yearly go to writers However, if you haven t read any of her books before, start at the beginning It s worth it

  4. Patty Patty says:

    A Fatal WinterByG.M.MallietMy in a nutshell summaryFather Maxlives in a quaint village with an odd housekeeper, a cat and a dog, and a penchant for solving mysteries My thoughts after reading this bookThank goodness for the cast of characters because this was the kind of amazing English mystery that I love and yet have trouble keeping everyone s names correct There is the very very rich Lord Footrustle and there is everyone else who is either related to him or was once married to A Fatal WinterByG.M.MallietMy in a nutshell summaryFather Maxlives in a quaint village with an odd housekeeper, a cat and a dog, and a penchant for solving mysteries My thoughts after reading this bookThank goodness for the cast of characters because this was the kind of amazing English mystery that I love and yet have trouble keeping everyone s names correct There is the very very rich Lord Footrustle and there is everyone else who is either related to him or was once married to him There is the amazing estate where he lives sort of happily until he gets the idea to have everyone come and stay for the holidays Ex wives and children and cousins pop in from all over Andit doesn t take long for one or perhaps even two relatives to bite the dust Of course there is a butler and his wifethe cookand of course the butler finds the first very dead body.Nowenter Father Maxhandsome ex spy priestbut the kind who can date and get married He goes to the estate and eventually figures out who the bad guy guys are.Since this is a cozy mystery this is pretty much all that I can saythe plot, the characters, the settinghandsome Father Maxall must be covered by you, dear reader What I loved about this bookOMGFather Max and his dog Thea and Luther the catthe housekeeperthe quaint villageloved it all The way the story unwraps, all of the very English things, even the foodsare all such fun to read about.What I did not loveMost of Lord Footrustle s relativesthe relatives you just love to hate Final thoughtsThis was a yummy fun cozy English mysterythe second in this series It s the kind of book that makes you savor every character and every plot twist and turn

  5. James James says:

    The first novel in this mystery series by G.M Malliet, Wicket Autumn, introduced readers to the former MI5 Agent turned Anglican Vicar Max Tudor who assists police with murder investigations This second novel in the series, A Fatal Winter, draws him to the lavish setting of Chedrow Castle outside of the Village of Nether Monkslip where he is asked by DCI Cotton to investigate the savage murder of the 75 year old Oscar, the 8th Earl of Foootrustle and seemingly natural death of his twin sister The first novel in this mystery series by G.M Malliet, Wicket Autumn, introduced readers to the former MI5 Agent turned Anglican Vicar Max Tudor who assists police with murder investigations This second novel in the series, A Fatal Winter, draws him to the lavish setting of Chedrow Castle outside of the Village of Nether Monkslip where he is asked by DCI Cotton to investigate the savage murder of the 75 year old Oscar, the 8th Earl of Foootrustle and seemingly natural death of his twin sister, Leticia, Countess of Gravening While comforting and counseling the bereaved, Max must gather information and attempt to unravel the means, motives and method of the killing Few of the characters seem to be remotely sympathetic and most display a fair amount of arrogance and insensitivity After a prime suspect is found murdered the plot thickens.This is a fairly complex murder and scheme, but the clues one would hope to be laid out in one form or another in the first two hundred pages or so are not disclosed until the solution is unveiled in Poirot style near the end of the book This is not a particularly enjoyable read nor is it a cozy Christmas story, and the mystery itself is put aside with much attention to Max s growing love interest I did not find this one to be as successful or enjoyable as the first novel in the Tudor series

  6. Dawn Michelle Dawn Michelle says:

    Meh I really like Max Tudor And I really like all the people in the village where he lives even though they are a bunch of gossiping biddies who really aren t a bad sort, just bored And I really like Awena Owen and the relationship she has with Max and their willingness to try at it even though their theologies don t exactly mix and mesh THAT said this book was.horrible NOT the parts with Max and DCI Cotton and Awena and the villagers those were enjoyable as always BUT the people w Meh I really like Max Tudor And I really like all the people in the village where he lives even though they are a bunch of gossiping biddies who really aren t a bad sort, just bored And I really like Awena Owen and the relationship she has with Max and their willingness to try at it even though their theologies don t exactly mix and mesh THAT said this book was.horrible NOT the parts with Max and DCI Cotton and Awena and the villagers those were enjoyable as always BUT the people who are being investigated for a gruesome murder and a seemingly death of natural causes are TOTALLY and completely hideous and horrible and vile people H O R R I B L E The story was good, in the sense of that the murder when revealed was unique and yet not really and some of the unimportant parts of the story was very interesting But when having to interact with the main people who are being investigated were just H O R R I B L E It made the rest of the story very difficult to enjoy Its tough to like a book when none of the characters are redeemable and it truly matters not who is guilty because they are all just so terrible that you don t care if they all go to jail Meh I will read the next one because I just love Max I love his faith and his love of people and how he interacts with people He is truly a really good man and a great character

  7. Trish Trish says:

    I have mixed feelings about this On the plus side, I like the main characters Max, Awena, DCI Cotton and Sergeant Essex when she s allowed to do anything and it was a decent plot, if a bit long in execution On the minus side, the book was probably 75 pages too long, the editing was sloppy with odd repetition, the timeline didn t feel right, the distance between Max s village and the castle seemed to vary, and I got annoyed by Americanisms in a book set in England Also, names like Footr I have mixed feelings about this On the plus side, I like the main characters Max, Awena, DCI Cotton and Sergeant Essex when she s allowed to do anything and it was a decent plot, if a bit long in execution On the minus side, the book was probably 75 pages too long, the editing was sloppy with odd repetition, the timeline didn t feel right, the distance between Max s village and the castle seemed to vary, and I got annoyed by Americanisms in a book set in England Also, names like Footrustle and Pootle Fitzbutton actually don t exist outside the pages of PG Woodhouse I couldn t tell if they were supposed to be serious or parodies Plus, a little fact checking would have done wonders British Rail hasn t existed since 1997 its either Network Rail, or one of the individual companies nowadays and speed limits are in miles per hour, not kilometres

  8. Trudy Pomerantz Trudy Pomerantz says:

    Despite its many inadequacies, I could actually see myself reading a coupleof this series I found overall the story did work What didn t I like Well, if this priest is anything to go by, the Anglican church is in a great deal of trouble and it is The kind of God that Father Max was portrayed as believing in bears little resemblance to the Christian God, in my not so humble opinion God seemedas an opportunity for Max to spout off some applicable platitude to make everyone feel Despite its many inadequacies, I could actually see myself reading a coupleof this series I found overall the story did work What didn t I like Well, if this priest is anything to go by, the Anglican church is in a great deal of trouble and it is The kind of God that Father Max was portrayed as believing in bears little resemblance to the Christian God, in my not so humble opinion God seemedas an opportunity for Max to spout off some applicable platitude to make everyone feel better The descriptions of his falling for Awena were unbelievable and describing Awena as being unaware of what she was doing I have never met the woman who is as unaware of her beauty and effect on men as is Awena The fact that Max is falling for her, given that she is a pagan, makes his being an Anglican priest even less believable Why bother being a priest if God doesn t affect anything you do, say or believe In fact, I frequently ask this questiongenerally since I would rather spend my Sunday mornings lazing around in bed and then heading over to Starbucks for some coffee but I don t And I simply cannot imagine what kind of cliched tripe he must deliver as his sermon it certainly should not takethan about 30 minutes to prepare since, as the book says, the people want something uplifting Speaking several times of his having to prepare sermons was a little unbelievable but maybe making sure you don t insult anyone or do anything that does not leave everybody feeling perfectly wonderful isdifficult than I imagine The picture of the perfect village at the end strained credulity also everybody saying and doing everything exactly right even down to the local gossipmonger It came off as forced and unnecessary

  9. Darcia Helle Darcia Helle says:

    Sometimes I come across a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders with a kind of So what feeling This was one of those books The pros There is an intriguing array of characters The family dynamics gave the story both tension and humor The whodunit mystery allows readers to play detective along with the characters.The cons The pace is quite slow Nothing much happens for the almost the first third of the book Part I, the first 30 or so pages, is an information dump All the characters Sometimes I come across a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders with a kind of So what feeling This was one of those books The pros There is an intriguing array of characters The family dynamics gave the story both tension and humor The whodunit mystery allows readers to play detective along with the characters.The cons The pace is quite slow Nothing much happens for the almost the first third of the book Part I, the first 30 or so pages, is an information dump All the characters are introduced, along with their various problems and relation within the family Too many unfamiliar characters all at once made for a sort of mind numbing read When those characters were finally each brought back into the story separately, I didn t remember anything about their introductions.Some of the characters began to feellike caricatures than real people And there were relationships that didn t make sense to me For instance, I wasn t clear on how or why Max, the Vicar, developed a love interest in a Pagan woman.And, finally, while this book is supposed to be current, the atmosphere and detective work had a historical feel I had to keep reminding myself this didn t take place a hundred years ago I think, if it had been set in the late 1800s, it would have madesense to me.In the end, this one left me feeling indifferent

  10. Nancy Butts Nancy Butts says:

    After the promise of the 1st book in this series, WICKED AUTUMN, I was disappointed in this installment The author is skilled, and she s got some great ideas the village of Nether Monkslip, the mystery du jour of each book, and the character of Max Tudor But something is lost in translation from germinal idea to actual book She head hops to a destructive degree, does far too much telling when it s convenient for her plot, and her characterization of her village characters especially Max and After the promise of the 1st book in this series, WICKED AUTUMN, I was disappointed in this installment The author is skilled, and she s got some great ideas the village of Nether Monkslip, the mystery du jour of each book, and the character of Max Tudor But something is lost in translation from germinal idea to actual book She head hops to a destructive degree, does far too much telling when it s convenient for her plot, and her characterization of her village characters especially Max and his love interest Awena is neither convincing nor organic I don t buy Max s religious beliefs they don t seem to fit him And what was with the prolonged epilogue in this book Sheesh She could have structured it better than that Still, I want to like this series, so if there is a third book, I will probably read it

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