A Fatal Winter: A Max Tudor Novel
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A Fatal Winter: A Max Tudor Novel (A Max Tudor Mystery #2)

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In A Fatal Winter, Max Tudor - 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, a...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published October 16th 2012)
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I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, but somewhere in the middle it started to drag quite a bit, to the point that I was frustrated by the time the murderer was revealed. I missed that it took place outside of Max's village and villagers, which I found so charming in the first book.

Also, while I do enjoy the detailed descriptions of the people and places, I grew really tired of being constantly reminded how handsome and beautiful and perfect both Max and Awena are, by every character th...more
Sometimes there's nothing better than a good old fashioned British "cozy." In this case, there's more than a bit of tongue-in-cheek despite the setting in a village known as "Nether Monkslip." (Doesn't that make you want to visit? It did it for me.) Then there's the main character, Father Max Tudor, very handsome - even dashing? - former MI5, now an Anglican priest and vicar of St. Edwolt's. Father Max has become an unofficial investigator for the local inspector who is a terrier in his own way...more
A Fatal Winter

My "in a nutshell" summary...Father Max...lives in a quaint village with an odd housekeeper, a cat and a dog, and a penchant for solving mysteries.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Thank goodness for the cast of characters because this was the kind of amazing English mystery that I love and yet have trouble keeping everyone's names correct. There is the very very rich Lord Footrustle and there is everyone else who is either related to him or was once married to hi...more
Trudy Pomerantz
Despite its many inadequacies, I could actually see myself reading a couple more of this series. I found overall the story did work. What didn't I like? Well, if this priest is anything to go by, the Anglican church is in a great deal of trouble (and it is). The kind of God that Father Max was portrayed as believing in bears little resemblance to the Christian God, in my not so humble opinion. God seemed more as an opportunity for Max to spout off some applicable platitude to make everyone feel...more
The first novel in this mystery series by G.M. Malliet, Wicket Autumn, introduced readers to the former MI5 Agent turned Anglican Vicar Max Tudor who assists police with murder investigations. This second novel in the series, A Fatal Winter, draws him to the lavish setting of Chedrow Castle (outside of the Village of Nether Monkslip where he is asked by DCI Cotton to investigate the savage murder of the 75 year old Oscar, the 8th Earl of Foootrustle and seemingly natural death of his twin sister...more
Nancy Butts
After the promise of the 1st book in this series, WICKED AUTUMN, I was disappointed in this installment. The author is skilled, and she's got some great ideas: the village of Nether Monkslip, the mystery du jour of each book, and the character of Max Tudor. But something is lost in translation from germinal idea to actual book. She head hops to a destructive degree, does far too much telling when it's convenient for her plot, and her characterization of her village characters—especially Max and...more
Susan Hulstine
Well-written but overly wordy. It reminds me of the 19th century writers like Dickens who were paid by the word.
Most of the characters are unlikeable -- mean-spirited, selfish, and shallow. And those are the church members. The exceptions are a neopagan love interest of the vicar and Max Tudor himself (who says he believes in karma). She goes on for two pages about the Druids and how they were "not so different from contemplative monks". The difference is Christ, not karma. Strange to me that a...more
Lord Oscar Footrustle and and his twin sister Lady Leticia die on the same day at their shared home of Chedrow Castle. She died of natural causes, perhaps in reaction to her brother's murder. Just before these deaths the Footrustle family had come from near and far for a family reunion of sorts at the request of Oscar. There is his estranged daughter Jocasta and her American husband Simon, Oscar's much younger ex-wife Gwynyth (whom everyone in the family considers a gold digger), and their two c...more
Darcia Helle
Sometimes I come across a book that leaves me shrugging my shoulders with a kind of "So what?" feeling. This was one of those books.

The pros:

There is an intriguing array of characters. The family dynamics gave the story both tension and humor.

The whodunit mystery allows readers to play detective along with the characters.

The cons:

The pace is quite slow. Nothing much happens for the almost the first third of the book.

Part I, the first 30 or so pages, is an information dump. All the characters...more
I loved this book for so many reasons. I believe Malliet must be the reincarnation of Agatha Christie and some popular present day satirist/ comedian. Max Tutor is a handsome Anglican priest who used to be a MI-5 agent. His church is located in the small English village of Nether Monkslip, with all the foibles and characters one would expect to inhabit such a village. But Malliet has updated their thoughts and actions to fit expertly into the twenty-first century.

Max is a combination of Hercule...more
Ivonne Rovira
Max Tudor, MI-5 agent turned vicar in southwest England, returns in this sequel to Wicked Autumn. In this go-round, Oscar, Lord Footrustle, invites his estranged family -- children by various ex-wives, grasping ex-wife, nephews and others -- to join him at Chedrow Castle at Christmas time. This being a British cozy, one of his nearest and dearest of course ushers Lord Footrustle out of this world and into the next long before Christmas Eve. Before Father Tudor unravels the mystery, there will be...more
Carolyn Hill
No doubt that G. M. Malliet is intelligent, well-educated, and with a wicked sense of humor, however I felt that her second Max Tudor mystery just dragged. It's never a good sign when I have to push myself to pick up the book and finish it, when neither the story nor, especially, the characters fully engage my attention or sympathies. As is often the case, the murder victim was not well-liked - a super wealthy earl who had been rapacious in his business practices and monumentally uncaring toward...more
An unexpected delight, this book was won in a Goodreads giveaway. Max Tudor is a former MI5 agent, with a tragic secret in his past involving his late best friend and fellow agent. Now, an Anglican priest, he is called to investigate two deaths at Chedrow Castle. It's a traditional English mystery with all the favourite elements, old country house, rich elderly owner, gathering all the rival feuding relatives for a family get together and a real old fashion Christmas, to decide how to change his...more
Jenn Estepp
More literate than your average, run-of-the-mill cozy, although I don't think it's always successful. Meaning, it's super wordy and could really have been edited down by at least fifty pages, perhaps more. At times, the murder(s) at hand seemed to be entirely forgotten, while we dwelt endlessly on what a pensive dreamboat Father Max is. The romance that he becomes involved in - and the other bits that tried to meld events in town with the mystery at the castle - felt a bit awkward and forced to...more
This was the second Max Tudor (retired MI agent turned Anglican priest in a small village) mystery, after Wicked Autumn. The premise is familiar- a very rich man invites family for visit over holidays and a murder occurs. Max is invited to help policy find the killer. It's a bit convoluted, the characters are interesting, and it was quite enjoyable. Malliet is not one of my favorite mystery writers (that list includes a variety of types of writing: Laurie King, MC Beaton, Evelyn Smith, Elizabeth...more
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My rating: 3.5 Stars

My opinion: This series reminds me of the Midsomer Murders series. I love the village setting of Nether Monkslip with its' quaintness and cast of quirky characters. Ms. Malliet does a wonderful job at laying out the mystery of the whodunit and gives readers many suspects to choose from. I can't help thinking that this book is a little bit too light compared to the writings of such authors as S.J. Bolton or Val McDermid, so although I...more
Harry Lane
The English whodunit is alive and well! Malliet here creates a variation of the locked room mystery with the attendant cast of idiosyncratic characters. It is a novel of manners as much as of mystery, though one has to believe the author's tongue is occasionally touching her cheek. As these types of books tend, it starts a bit slowly, with a somewhat confusing cast of characters, but one is drawn into the story in such a way that the events and conversations become interesting in themselves as w...more
John Lee
This is my third novel by this author. I couldnt make my mind up about the first two and I am still left with a feeling that I should have enjoyed it more than I did. Dont get me wrong. It was OK but why did I find it so hard going when it had so much about it that I enjoy.

As with the other books, the author spends plenty of time in the early stages painting good clear pictures of the characters who are to play the leading roles although throughout the book I found myself referring back to the f...more
Amy Lignor
An interesting hero entered the literary world when he starred in a truly fantastic book called, Wicked Autumn. Thankfully, this very handsome Anglican Priest who has a background as a former spy is back, and this new mystery, if possible, is even better than the first.

We speak of Max Tudor, who is attempting to solve the murders of an upper-crust family living in a castle located in Max’s home turf of Nether Monkslip. His adventure begins on a train, where Max shares a compartment with Lady Ba...more
A remarkably good murder mystery. The plot is well laid, leading to a grimly satisfactory conclusion; but more than that, the tale revolving round a titled English family of dire eccentricity and ignoble aspirations, is particularly entertaining. Characterisation couldn't be sharper. The setting - a medieval castle on the edge of a high cliff - highly atmospheric. The writing style original, amusing and very clever is highlighted in this excerpt:

"He thought Randolph otherwise looked rather like...more
Peter Gorman II
Clever, for sure. Before reading this review, it imperative to understand that I read this book BEFORE Wicked Autumn, and that this was the second Max Tudor book. A bit tongue-in-cheek, 'Winter' was a thinly-veiled Christie attempt that undeniably achieved it's goal. After the first plot-twist, I found myself trying to find a moment at home to continue the read. I felt that Malliet (and this was my first read of her's) did a wonderful job in welcoming in new readers who didn't read 'Autumn', whi...more
When the vastly wealthy and elderly Lord Footrussell (no idea if I'm spelling that right--I listened to it on audiobook) decides, after many years, to invite his far-flung family to Chedrow Castle for Christmas he unwittlingly signs his death warrant. The local inspector quickly calls in former MI-5 agent-turned-village-vicar Max Tudor to go comfort the grieving family--and figure out who did it.

I love this new series, for taking the classic English village mystery genre and updating it without...more
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 g...more
Linda Baker
Every once and a while those of us who grew up on the works of Agatha Christie and later, those of Caroline Graham just need a visit to the lovely villages of England for a dose of murder and mayhem. G. M. Malliet filled that need with last year's Wicked Autumn and now A Fatal Winter. I can assure you though that Dame Agatha never had as dishy a sleuth as Max Tudor, Anglican Vicar and ex-MI5 operative. Nor was her pen quite as acid.

Max felt a call to the priesthood after the death of his partner...more
Cheryl A
In the second installment of the new series by G M Malliet, we return to small village of Nether Monkslip, a idyllic village full of interesting characters, including former MI5 spy turn Anglican priest, Max Tudor. Father Max is returning to the village from a speaking engagement in London when he meets the Lady Baynard, of Chedrow Castle in the nearby town of Monkslip-super-Mare. Max is greatly surprised when his friend, Inspector Cotton, asks for his assistance in the murder of Lady Baynard's...more
Linda Munro
For all of the authors who wonder why I have entered your contests but do not have your book on my list to read, here is the quick reason, I check to see if I can get the book through my library system, if I can, the book is added to my 'to-read' list. If it is not available through the library, I do not add it. I am on a very limited SSD income, since I had to buy a new car, I have had to totally change my lifestyle. With that said, this book was a contest entry that I was able to get from the...more
When Nether Monkslip's studly (and single!) vicar Max Tudor, formerly of MI5, meets Lady Leticia Bayard on a train returning from London, he finds her an anachronistic, autocratic bore. But when he learns that evening that she has died, apparently of a heart attack after hearing of her brother's murder, he regrets his lack of charity. His slightly guilty conscience and the expressed wish of both brother and sister to be buried from St. Eowald, Max's church, play right into the hands of his frien...more
Susan Johnson
3.5 stars
This is an old fashioned cozy English country house updated for modern times. Oscar, Lord Footrustle, lives in the old, family Castle Chedrow only now the National Trust owns it and runs tours through it. Oscar has made his fortune and can now afford the Castle but it's too late. He is surrounded by a complicated family including his sister, his ex-wife, his actress daughter from an early marriage, two nephews, and two late in life twins. He also has live-in staff, a couple who gamely t...more
Marcia Ferguson
I wasn't familiar with GM Malliet or her Max Tudor mysteries. This was one of those books that got my attention with the cover - not the back cover copy; the beautiful matte illustrated cover.

With nothing to go on (having not read reviews), it was a little slow-going at first, but once I got into it, the story was interesting and built momentum. Who wouldn't be intrigued with Max Tudor, both ex-MI5 and a priest? And beyond handsome, to boot. You never feel for a moment that Max isn't capable and...more
Malliet’s second novel featuring Father MaxTudor (former MI5 agent) finds him once again investigating a murder within a highly dysfunctional (although quite the cast of characters) family at nearby Chedrow Castle, located adjacent to his small town of Nether Monkslip. The highly efficient investigating team of Cotton and Essex manage to convince Max Tudor to work closely with them again, taking advantage of Tudor’s MI5 experience, masked by his clerical collar, which is disarming to suspects.
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G.M. Malliet writes crime novels for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books. The first book in her Max Tudor 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."

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