The Max Tudor of the Agatha-nominated books WICKED AUTUMN (2011), A FATAL WINTER (2012), PAGAN SPRING (2013), and A DEMON SUMMER (2014) is a former MI5 agent, now vicar of a small English village.
WICKED AUTUMN, recommended by Charlaine Harris on NBC's Today Show, was a 2011 Agatha Award nominee for best traditional mystery novel and a 2011 Dilys Award nominee. The Dilys is given annually by IMBA to the mystery titles the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.PAGAN SPRING was nominated for the Dilys in 2014.
WICKED AUTUMN was also a Shelf Awareness Reviewer's Choice: "Top 10 Books of 2011."
Library Journal named WICKED AUTUMN one of the top five mysteries of 2011; Library Journalalso chose A FATAL WINTER as a top five mystery of 2012. __________________________________________
_____________________________________________ Praise for WICKED AUTUMN, the first Max Tudor novel:
"A superb novel! Filled with humor and insight, G.M. Malliet creates a fabulous setting in Nether Monkslip and a great series hero in Father Max Tudor. Rarely have I read descriptions that have left me gasping, in both their hilarity and their painful truth. A wonderful read." ~~ Louise Penny,Agatha award–winning author of the Armand Gamache mysteries
"One of the most delightful English village mysteries I’ve read since Agatha Christie stopped writing about Saint Mary Mead. G.M. Malliet’s sly allusions to both Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot will make Christie fans chuckle, but Nether Monkslip is no village that time forgot—not with its new age citizenry and a vicar who’s a dishy ex-MI5. Highly recommended." ~~ Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha winner, and author of CHRISTMAS MOURNING
"A contemporary and deliciously wicked homage to Agatha Christie's village mysteries, with an equally delicious hero who is infinitely sexier than Miss Marple. Once readers meet handsome, intelligent, witty MI5 spy-turned-Anglican priest Max Tudor, they'll be searching their maps for the village of Nether Monkslip!" ~~ Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of NECESSARY AS BLOOD
"Hugely funny, exquisitely well written, Wicked Autumn is a tongue-in-cheek village mystery to be savored. G.M. Malliet's arch tone and wry humor make her a writer to be treasured." ~~ Julia Spencer-Fleming, bestselling author of ONE WAS A SOLDIER
"G. M. Malliet has brought the village cozy into the 21st century—where else could the Vicar be retired from MI5? Written with dry humor and a wickedly accurate portrait of the modern English village, WICKED AUTUMN is a refreshing and fun read for everyone who loves a really good murder." ~~ Charles Todd, NY Times Best-selling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Series
_____________________________________________ Praise for DEATH OF A COZY WRITER, the first St. Just novel:
Listen to Nancy Pearl of KUOW.org / NPR radio talking aboutDeath of a Cozy Writer (mp3 file): "G.M. Malliet's Death of a Cozy Writer is a delightful homage to the great novels of Britain's Golden Age of Mysteries."
"G.M. Malliet's hilarious first mystery is a must-read for fans of Robert Barnard and P.G. Wodehouse. I'm looking forward eagerly to Inspector St. Just's next case!"
~~ Donna Andrews, award-winning author of The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
"The traditional British cozy is alive and well. Delicious. I was hooked from the first paragraph."
~~ Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of Her Royal Spyness
"Wicked, witty and full of treats, G.M. Malliet's debut novel has the sure touch of a classy crime writer. More, please!”
~~ Peter Lovesey, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Crime Writers' Association and Malice Domestic
"Death of a Cozy Writer is a romp, a classic tale of family dysfunction in a moody and often humourous English country house setting. A worthy addition to the classic mystery tradition and the perfect companion to a cup of tea and a roaring fire, or a sunny deck chair. Relax and let G.M. Malliet introduce you to the redoubtable Detective Chief Inspector St. Just of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from him!"
~~ Louise Penny, author of the award-winning Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries
"A house party in a Cambridgeshire mansion with the usual suspects, er, guests — a sly patriarch, grasping relatives, a butler, and a victim named Ruthven (what else?) — I haven’t had so much fun since Anderson’s Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy. Pass the tea and scones, break out the sherry, settle down in the library by the fire and enjoy Malliet’s delightful tribute to the time-honored tradition of the English country house mystery."
~~ Marcia Talley, Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of DEAD MAN DANCING and six previous mysteries
Here is a link to a sample chapter(scroll down to mid-page) and below are links to a map of Monkbury Abbey by the talented Rhys Davies (3 different formats, same map - preview the map here). Rhys also drew the illustration of Nether Monkslip that appears at the top of each page of this site: