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A Demon Summer: A Max Tudor Mystery (Max Tudor #4)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees everywhere with Wicked Autumn, A Fatal Winter, and Pagan Spring, the critically acclaimed mysteries featuring handsome former-spy-turned-cleric Father Max Tudor.

In A Demon Summer, someone has been trying to poison the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. Since Lord Lislelivet
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Ivonne Rovira
I enjoyed all of G.M. Malliet’s novels featuring the handsome, perspicacious, and kind Anglican priest Max Tudor; however, while I enjoy the two that were set in Tudor’s own village of Nether Monkslip, Father Max really comes into his own when he’s away from his home turf, as in Demon Summer and A Fatal Winter.

Tudor, a former MI-5 agent turned country vicar, answers an urgent summons from his bishop, who sends him to snoop out the doings at Monkbury Abbey, a convent of the Anglo-Catholic nuns of
This superb series has covered all the seasons with this fourth book. It's an awesomely humorous and mysterious book that combines Agatha Christie, Louise Penny and Dan Brown----and Malliet mentions all three authors' works within this book so cleverly too.

Former MI-5 operative Max Tutor, is called upon by his Bishop to travel to Monksbury Abby to check on some unusual financial issues with the records from the Handmaids of St Lucy nunnery. Max also finds himself investigating a suspicious frui
This is the third Father Max Tudor mystery. We met him in "Wicket Autumn", got to know him better in "A Fatal Winter," and watched him fall in love and solve another mystery in "A Pagan Spring." Now it is a hot summer - much hotter than most of Britain has been accustomed to. Max is anxiously looking forward to his marriage to Awena, who is, ironically, a practicing pagan. She has insisted on a "handfasting" as opposed to a church wedding. She is also VERY pregnant. Max is also anxious about imp ...more
I loved the first three Max Tudor novels, but found this one to be rough going. This one removes Max from the village entirely, placing him in an abbey, where a murder has been committed. In part because we don't get the characters of the village, and in part because the mystery is resolved by a deus ex machina letter, rather than by Max actually figuring it out based on clues available to the reader, this book isn't nearly as clever or charming as the first three. I'll give her another try if s ...more
Jenn Estepp
I feel like I could (and, essentially do) write the same basic review for each book in this series. Plot variations exist, sure but the issues - both good and bad - are so consistent from book to book. These are literate cozies, but they are also super wordy, overwritten and trying-to-hard cozies. Max is appealing, if a bit too unbelievably perfect. And his romance with the local witchy woman is incredibly distracting and annoying. Like, I wanted to roll my eyes and say "ugh" practically every t ...more
A Demon Summer is not an easy book to review. I'm a big fan of G.M. Malliet's traditional mysteries. And, I love Max Tudor, the MI5 agent turned Anglican vicar. The villagers in the small English village of Nether Monkslip are charming, hardworking, idiosyncratic characters. Max's ongoing relationship with Awena Owen, the owner of Goddessspell, is fun to watch. And, it's now gone too far for Max to keep it a secret from the bishop. "Max's bishop had so far been spared the news that his most char ...more
Lord Lislelivet, an odious man, has been poisoned, though not fatally, by one of the famous fruitcakes of Monksbury Abby. The bishop, fearing for the reputation of the Abby's nuns, asks Father Max Tudor to stay at the abby as a guest and investigate the poisoning. The bishop also tells him that there may be a problem with some financial irregularities, and that some donors will be staying there to try and find out what has happened to their donations. Once he arrives, Max senses that something i ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Gwen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gwen by: ARC from bookclub
Shelves: fiction
1.5 stars.

Maybe if I had read the previous three books in the series, this book would have been more enjoyable. With the Agatha Christie-esque "closed community" setting of this book, though, it seems as if very few characters are repeats. The main character, Father Max, is unbelievably bland with no depth of character. I never got a sense of who he was or why I should be drawn into his life. Much is made of him being a former MI5 agent, but I couldn't tell how his past affected his present. Hi
Do yourself a favor-skip the first 200 pages. If you do, then this will be a very interesting-multiple twists of the plot murder mystery. If you start at the beginning, once you've slogged through the first 200 pages-you'll just want to be finished with the book.

"In A Demon Summer, someone has been trying to poison the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. Since Lord Lislelivet has a gift for making enemies, no one—particularly his wife—finds this too surprising. What is surprising is that the poison was dis
Make it 3 and a half stars. the latest edition to the Fr. Max Tudor stories takes Max away from his village of Nether Monkslip. At his bishop's request Max travels to Monkbury Abby to investigate possible financial shenanigans and a possible poisoning.
For me, the first three quarters of the book really dragged, a lot of conversation and not much action. Right about the time I was ready to give up on it Malliet hit the accelorator and it raced to the climax and end. Only trouble was that is was s
Debra Hennessey
Not what I expected after reading the other Max Tudor books. I love cozies but this one was so cozy it was like a sleeping pill. Over long, over complicated, no fun.
Former MI agent, now vicar in a quiet little village, Max Tudor is sent by his bishop to a nunnery that is facing some rocky times. First, one of their visitors takes home a poisoned fruitcake. And Lord Lislelivet isn't a man to take things like that quietly. Then some of the large donors to the nunnery complain that the money seems to have disappears. As Max settles in to the guest house, interviewing the various nuns at their occupations, he can't help but like the women. Then everything chang ...more
Cheryl Cooke Harrington
I've really enjoyed all the books in this series about an MI5 agent turned Anglican priest. Imagine the possibilities! This time, Father Max must leave the village of Nether Monkslip and his quirky parishioners behind when the Bishop sends him to investigate a possible poisoning at a nunnery. As always, the characters are vividly drawn and the mystery deviously interesting. I particularly enjoyed the glimpses of the cloistered life. I hope Ms. Malliet has plans to continue this series beyond the ...more
In this book, the 4th instalment in the series, Father Max Tudor is sent to a nearby Abbey, Monksbury Abbey, by his Bishop to investigate a disturbing poisoning & possible mismanagement of funds. Although in a hurry to return home for his upcoming nuptials, he proceeds to immerse himself in the life of the Abbey in order to solve the problems & help to maintain the reputation of the nuns. Although the denouement of the story leaves a couple of loose ends, I found it an enjoyable & en ...more
Linda Brue
Once again Father Max delves in to solve a mystery. He really doesn't want to get involved in figuring out who poisoned Lord Lislelivet with a fruitcake made by the nuns at St. Lucy of Monkbury Abbey, or try to figure out why the Abbey's financials seem not quite right. All Father Max can think about is his Awena, the free-spirited woman soon to become his wife, carrying his unborn child. And how to explain to his Bishop about them. But right now, his Bishop has ordered him to visit the Abbey an ...more
Cindy S
Father Max Tudor is eagerly awaiting his "handfasting" ceremony to Awena, the love of his life and a pagan and to the upcoming birth of his child. He is summoned to a local nunnery to investigate charges of poisoning and misappropriations of funds. He is met with a cornucopia of characters, many with long past secrets. Throw in a treasure hunt and murder is the result. A bit convoluted in plot and alittle slow in the beginning. Still a worthwhile read./
Mary Hauer
I enjoy this series, seeing what happens with the characters thru time, but this one, while interesting & well-written as are they all, was just too convoluted in its puzzle and had too much religious philosophizing--yeah, yeah, the main character is an Anglican priest & it's set in a monastery, but it got really sluggish in the middle. Found myself skipping ahead so I wouldn't completely lose interest. Three stars for good writing but needed editing down.
I enjoyed Malliet's previous Max Tudor books, but in this book Max is sent away from the town of Nether Monkslip to another town to investigate an abbey full of nuns, who are less holy than they seem. The nuns are a bit uninteresting and the book drags for a good majority. Just when you think the plot is going to take off, it doesn't, until the end nears and Max somehow solves everything. I also get tired of Malliet's constant overuse of pop culture references. It takes me out of the story a lot ...more
Linda Marie Marsh
I've never read any other book in this Max Tudor series, or by this author. Seldom do i read mysteries that take place in England. But i thought Demon Summer sounded intriguing, and it more than proved me right!

The first part of the book was good- a wee bit draggy, but good. It was later in the reading that it picked up speed, where the characters piqued my interest and where the plot definitely thickened! The further along you read the more intricate the web is weaved...

There are historical ref
Father Max Tudor is summoned to help the police again, after a body is discovered in the cloister well at Monkbury Abbey. Max is better able to talk with the nuns than are the official investigators, and he uncovers secrets that are decades old in the remote nunnery. I love the author's storytelling and am eager to read the next mystery in which the vicar/former MI5 agent appears.
This is the first book I have read of G M Malliet andI really enjoyed it. It was the 4th in a series but did fine as a stand alone book. I plan on looking for more of his books . In this book Max is sent to a nunnery to find out what the nuns are hiding and to solve a murder. I won this book in a goodreads contest.
If you like very detailed stories about how the church runs nunneries, you might find this easier going that I did. The first few hundred pages are a bit tedious as the author introduces a multitude of characters.

Malliet writes well and I do like the dialogue. I just wish the book had more action.
Father Max Tudor is sent to Monkbury Abbey by the Bishop to solve a mysterious poisoning of the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. The author is very good at setting the scene and leaving crumbs for the reader to follow. But honestly I couldn't have figured this out in a million years. Lost treasures, lost family members and old loves are around every corner. A fun read but I was disappointed Father Max's pregnant pagan girlfriend didn't have a bigger part.
Clues were often explained away so that I was finding it difficult to determine who had real motive for the killing. I don't even mind red herrings, but do like to perceive that there are some things that can point to a murderer.
Get thee to a nunery! Well, the bishop didn't use quite those words, but Max is sent to discover how Lord Lislelivet could have gotten a dodgy fruitcake. Soon, he is looking into something far more sinister than a bellyache.
Ellen Muenzen
Ugh! Loved the other books, but this really was a hard one! By the last chapter, I was totally confused, still not sure I know who did it and I just finished it! Very convoluted ending! Hoping the next book is easier to understand!!
Kathleen Freeman
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Carolyn Haley
The English village mystery with subtle layers and a twist. See my review at NY Journal of Books:
The solution is just too complicated. The relationships are all screwy and parts hinge on an event 20 years in the past that barely gets a passing mention. It feels unfair; there’s no way the reader could have figured out what was going on. Between treasure hunts, revenge, dying confessions, there was just too much. And the scene where you gather everyone together to point out the killer was long.

I would have like this one so much more if the solution had been different or the lead up to it had
Paula Ackley
This book was too weighed down for me. Every person, location and occasion were described with A LOT of detail. It caused the book to move along very slowly. The plot was good, the characters were believable, and I did not figure out who the culprit was but the story took a long time in getting there.
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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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“Oh please tell me we're not doing the Poirot thing again — the suspects in the library with the candlestick or whatever'.

Max looked at him [DCI Cotton]. 'Fruitcake in this case. And what would you prefer? A car chase? It’s the most efficient way to flush out a killer, as Dame Agatha Christie well knew.”
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