Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

It’s a Wicked Autumn in the small village of Nether Monkslip when a body is found in the community hall during the annual Harvest Fayre. Edgar Award-winning writer G.M. Malliet crafts an intricate tale that casts doubt on the motives and intentions of many eccentric community members in this sleepy English burg.
Hearts flutter when the handsome new vicar, Max Tudor, arrives in Nether Monkslip. Max’s background as an MI-5 agent comes in handy when Wanda Batton-Smythe, head of the town’s Women’s Institute and all-around bossypants, is killed during the Harvest Fayre. Wanda is deathly allergic to peanuts, and tongues wag when the coroner finds peanut residue in her mouth. Father Max works in conjunction with the local police to ferret out information from the suspects, some of whom are respected pillars of the community.
So who fed Wanda the deadly peanuts? Was it the Major, her long-suffering and often-berated husband? Or perhaps Noah Carraway, the antiques dealer Wanda duped by selling him fake Chippendale chairs? What about Elka Garth, owner of the local tearoom and famous for her delicious peanut cookies? Then there’s Suzanna Winship, the local blonde bombshell. Has Suzanna finally gotten so angered by Wanda’s gossipy habits that she’s driven to murder?
On the surface Nether Monkslip appears to be the quintessential sleepy English village. Yet beneath the placid exterior bubbles a cauldron of petty jealousies and resentments. Max Tudor relies on his investigative skills and gentle manner to determine exactly who killed Wanda Batton-Smythe, and why.
If you like cozy English mysteries like Wicked Autumn, check the VBPL catalog for Rhys Bowen’s Evanly Bodies and M.C. Beaton’s Hiss and Hers.


Carolyn said...

"Nether Monkslip" - love the names!

Carolyn said...

Good story - thanks.