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A Fatal Winter

A Fatal Winter, October 2012
Max Tudor #2
by G.M. Malliet

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Awena Owen; Max Tudor
384 pages
ISBN: 0312647972
EAN: 9780312647971
Kindle: B0080K3AVS
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Rev. Max Tudor's skills in detection will be called on when Lord Footrustle dies."

Fresh Fiction Review

A Fatal Winter
G.M. Malliet

Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted January 19, 2013

Mystery Amateur Sleuth

Max Tudor may be a vicar now with all the attendant problems of living in a small village but his past as an MI5 agent keeps cropping up.

Max has traveled to London to speak at a symposium. London and dinner with his old boss brings back some bad memories. He isn't very pleased to spend the final leg of his journey home to Nether Monkslip with Lady Baynard. An elderly female who exhibits all of the worst bigotry of the upper crust, Max does his best to avoid a long discussion with her.

Max's good looks have everyone in the village trying to engage his interest. His only interest is in Awena, a witch who he is sure the Bishop won't approve of.

When Max is called by local police with the news that Lord Footrustle was killed and his sister, Lady Baynard was found dead, he finds it hard to refuse his help.

The family party being held at Chedrow Castle is even more dysfunctional than one might expect. The various family members are all hoping for more money from the deceased. Max must discover how the two deaths link together and who amongst all of the relatives has the most motive for murder. There are plenty of them about.

A traditional English mystery involving a small village, a dysfunctional family and an attractive vicar can't help but appeal to mystery lovers everywhere. Max Tudor is an intelligent man who turned his back on everything he knew when his partner was killed. The changes and challenges he faces as he moves forward make for interesting reading. The identity of the killer was well hidden until the end.

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SUMMARY

Last year, Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees with Wicked Autumn, the first mystery featuring her captivating protagonist, Max Tudor, and the small English village of Nether Monkslip.

In A Fatal Winter, Max—Anglican priest, former MI5 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, 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.


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