A reader sent me this wonderful photo of her cat Suzanna clutching a library copy of the St. Just mystery Death at the Alma Mater. Don't you love the possessive, combative look in her eyes?
I am so happy to announce that A FATAL WINTER is a Library Journal pick as one of the best mysteries of 2012. "Malliet's artfully plotted puzzler subtly dazzles with its sly humor and astute observations."
Below is the entire list of five books. Congratulations, fellow authors--I know you're as thrilled as I am!
Box, C.J. Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel. Putnam.
Locke, Attica. The Cutting Season. Harper: HarperCollins.
Malliet, G.M. A Fatal Winter: A Max Tudor Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.
May, Peter. The Black House. SilverOak: Sterling.
Tursten, Helene. Night Rounds: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation. Soho Crime. tr. from Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg.
Thank you for this lovely review in the San Jose Mercury News by Roberta Alexander: "Max, the good-looking former MI-5 operative who just wants to live a quiet life -- well, that's not in the cards. And that's good news for readers."
Terry Jacobsen of Library Journal has just published her verdict, giving A FATAL WINTER a 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."
What can I say but thank you?
Today only (August 24) the e-Book version of DEATH AND THE LIT CHICK is on sale at Amazon.com for $1.99.
This is the second St. Just mystery, and it was nominated for an Anthony Award. It is one of my favorite books--one of those books that sort of wrote itself in the small wee hours of dawn.
Sue Emmons, Mystery Scene Magazine, wrote of it: "Delicious. That's the best word to describe the second outing of Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just....Malliet is laugh-out-loud funny in describing the cadre of crime writers encountered by the sometimes-flustered [detective]."
"Agatha Christie fans will relish Malliet’s delicious second Max Tudor novel." Thank you, Publishers Weekly! Read the full review...
A FATAL WINTER is now available for pre-order wherever you buy books. (See the links to various sellers on Max Tudor's new Facebook page--you can read an excerpt of WICKED AUTUMN while you're there.) The book will ship starting in October.
And, WICKED AUTUMN, the first Max Tudor book, is now available in paperback. You don't have to read the books in order but it does help you to get to know the characters. (Sorry, but with this series, it's really unavoidable--otherwise I would have to repeat myself too much each time.)
[P.S.: The August 10 issue of Publishers Weekly carries an interview by Lenny Picker: "Cozy Fan Tudor: PW Talks with G.M. Malliet--G.M. Malliet channels Agatha Christie in her second mystery featuring Anglican priest Max Tudor, A Fatal Winter." Subscriber access via this link.]
The book jacket for A FATAL WINTER has a shiny new look. Basically: the addition of a pull quote from Marilyn Stasio's review of WICKED AUTUMN in the New York Times, and a white burst at bottom left, instead of the red. Both nice improvements.
At the same time, my publisher has rolled out a new Facebook page for the Max Tudor mysteries. Please take a look; the artist did a fantastic job: https://apps.facebook.com/maxtudorseries/
Max Tudor will soon be in the UK (which, after all, is where he's from): Constable & Robinson has just bought UK rights to all five of the Max Tudor books, past and future.
Charlaine Harris on this morning's Today show on NBC recommends WICKED AUTUMN as a favorite beach read along with “Let's Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson and “Discount Armageddon” by Seanan McGuire.
Watch the video clip, or read the written summary of Charlaine and Janet's recommendations: http://tinyurl.com/bpld3c9