G.M. Malliet won the Agatha Award for best first novel for DEATH OF A COZY WRITER, which initially won the Malice Domestic grant.
The first book in the Max Tudor series, WICKED AUTUMN, also was nominated for an Agatha, as were the second and third books in the series, A FATAL WINTER and PAGAN SPRING.
DEATH OF A COZY WRITER was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Books of 2008. It was nominated for the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award (best first novel), shortlisted for the 2009 Left Coast Crime/Hawaii Five-O Award (best police procedural), and awarded a Silver Medal IPPY (best mystery/suspense/thriller). It was also nominated for a David Award for Best Mystery Novel.
The second book in the St. Just series is DEATH AND THE LIT CHICK (April 2009), which received a starred review from both Publishers Weekly and the American Library Association's Booklist. It was also nominated for an Anthony Award. It is currently (2014) nominated for an Anthony Award in the audio category, with Davina Porter narrating.
The third book in the series is DEATH AT THE ALMA MATER (January 2010).
In June 2011, her short story "Bookworm" was nominated for a Macavity Award. This story first appeared in the 4th Chesapeake Crimes anthology.
Malliet is currently at work on a new series for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books. The first book in the new series is the Agatha-nominated WICKED AUTUMN (September 2011), which received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Library Journal and the Boston Globe also named it a Best Mystery of 2011: "Sly humor rivals Jane Austen’s."
WICKED AUTUMN also has been chosen by Shelf Awareness book review editor Marilyn Dahl as one of the top ten books of 2011. In addition to being nominated for an Agatha Award for best traditional mystery novel of 2011, it was one of five books short-listed for the 2012 Dilys Award.
The New York Times' Marilyn Stasio describes it as "executed in high style and with good humor."
The second book in the Max Tudor series, A FATAL WINTER, was also nominated for an Agatha Award for best novel and chosen by Library Journal as a Best Mystery of 2012: "Malliet's artfully plotted puzzler subtly dazzles with its sly humor and astute observations."
The third book in the Max Tudor series is PAGAN SPRING, published in October 2013. It was nominated for both Agatha and Dilys awards.
The fourth book is A DEMON SUMMER (October 2014), also nominated for an Agatha award. Max 5 and Max 6, THE HAUNTED SEASON and DEVIL'S BREATH, are now available for purchase or pre-order. A standalone mystery will appear in the autumn of 2017, and an untitled Max 7 will arrive in 2018.
Education and Hobbies
Malliet did post-graduate work at Oxford University after earning a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, the setting for her earlier series, the St. Just mysteries. Raised in a military family, she has lived in Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, and Japan but she especially enjoyed her years in the U.K. She and her husband live across the river from Washington, D.C., in Old Town, Alexandria, a city chartered in 1749 ("No one was alive then!" - Eddie Izzard).
Her hobbies include reading, hiking in the Blue Ridge, cooking vegetarian meals, and planning the next vacation. She takes boxing or Tae Bo classes because the treadmill is too boring. She writes full time nearly every day, and is writing a screenplay in addition to her mystery novels and short stories. She gets her ideas from people watching, and she is a fan of the art of improv, for reasons best described in this Huffington Post article.
She changes her mind frequently about who would be the best actor to portray St. Just or Max Tudor. Currently, Hugh Grant for Max Tudor is tied with Colin Firth and Rufus Sewell. She feels Jude Law would make a perfect DCI Cotton (Max's debonair crime-solving sidekick). She feels the same about Laurence Fox, although she imagines he is tired of playing sidekicks. She spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about this.
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