"IN PRIOR'S WOOD is a fabulous whodunnit!"
Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted April 4, 2018
I first came in contact with the Max Tudor series when I read the
previous book, DEVIL'S BREATH, and I liked it
very much. When I got the chance to read IN PRIOR'S
WOOD, I was thrilled over the prospect of once again
reading about Max Tudor, ex-spy, vicar of St.
Edwold's Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. A
vicar that now and then solves crimes...
At first, the botched double suicide pact between
the local lady of the manor house and her younger lover
seems to be just a tragic event, especially since it's
well known that the lady has tried to kill herself
before. In this case, the lady survived, but her lover
did not. However, there is no way of knowing the truth
about the event since the lady is quite out of it and
they don't know if she will make it. However, Max feels
that there is just something off and he
starts to investigate the case...
The first book I read in this series made me eager to
read more and I'm glad to say that this book was just as
good as the one before. Murder in small English counties,
with a lot of suspects, is a theme that works very well
for me and I quite like Max Tudor. He is a man that can't
shake off his past. I enjoyed getting to know more about
him and his wife in this book and I loved the added
humorous parts to the book. I simply loved the part when
Max first saw the new glass painting that will put up in
the church. I love it when a book makes me smile or
chuckle out loud and this scene, well, it's hilarious.
IN PRIOR'S WOOD is a wonderful whodunnit book with a lot
of colorful people. I found the story to be simply
fabulous and I greatly enjoyed reading about Max dealing
with both church issues as well as the not so simple
botched double suicide pact. I hope to one day get to the
books I have missed and, of course, I look forward
to reading upcoming books.
Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed
mystery lovers and cozy fans with her critically acclaimed
mysteries. In Prior's Wood, featuring handsome
spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor, won’t disappoint.
returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare,
handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back
into his predictable routine as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church
in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his
sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the
local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young
Lady Duxter’s husband rallies quickly from the
double tragedy—too quickly, it is murmured in the village.
Lord Duxter already has offered his manor house to a motley
crew of writers, including Max’s wife Awena, for his
writers’ retreat, and he insists the show must go
When a young girl goes missing and a crime writer
becomes a target, DCI Cotton asks Max to lend his MI5
expertise to the investigation.
Many suspects emerge
as the scope of the investigation widens beyond the writers
to villagers who had crossed swords with the insufferably
smug crime author. But Max begins to wonder: was the attack
on the writer only part of a broader conspiracy of silence?
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