In Prior's Wood: A Max Tudor Mystery

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Apr 17, 2018 - Fiction - 304 pages

“G. M. Malliet has crafted the English village of our dreams.” —Charlaine Harris

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.

Newly 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 lover.

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 on.

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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User Review  - diana.hauser - LibraryThing

IN PRIOR’S WOOD: A MAX TUDOR MYSTERY is written by G. M. Malliet. This title is Book #7 of the Max Tudor Mystery series. Max Tudor, a retired MI5 agent, is a parochial vicar at St. Etwold’s Parish in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Virginia51 - LibraryThing

This is a fun English mystery. Max Tudor is a former spy turned cleric. He is a cleric in a small town and seems to run in to murders. The characters were all good. I really like his Wiccan wife. They ... Read full review

Contents

Now You See It
3
The Fool
25
Strength
35
The High Priestess
45
The Emperor and Empress
55
The Lovers
63
The Star
69
As It Lays
89
Wheel of Fortune
157
The Chariot
167
The Devil
183
The Hermit
201
The World and the Flesh
211
The High Priest
213
The Moon
225
Justice
233

Death
91
The Hanged Man
101
The Tower
117
The Magician
131
Temperance
149
The World
239
The Flesh
257
And Everywhere the Devil
267
Reshuffle
277
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G. M. MALLIET’s first St. Just mystery won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a best book of the year. It was nominated for many awards, including the Anthony, the Macavity, and a Left Coast Crime award for best police procedural. Her subsequent mysteries and short stories have been nominated for nearly every major crime-writing award. Critics rave that she "may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining...." (Cleveland.com). She and her husband live in the US and travel often to the UK, the setting for all her books.

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