In the tradition of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple comes G.M. Malliet's Max Tudor. Max is a former MI5 agent turned Anglican priest, now living in the quaint English village of Nether Monkslip. Wicked Autumn is the first book in a new series by G.M. Malliet. It's a quiet cozy, full of typical quirky individuals in the village, a village fair, and the murder of the most hated woman in town. The actual mystery is nothing special, but the book is well written and a fun read. I like Max as the main character - a former agent now living a quiet life, and yet managing to keep his hand in by helping law enforcement solve a murder. I'm sure it won't be the last murder in or around Nether Monkslip. I look forward to Max's next appearance.
(Wicked Autumn will be released on September 13.)