A Demon Summer

A Max Tudor Mystery

A Max Tudor Novel (Volume 4)

G. M. Malliet

Minotaur Books

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 has a gift for making enemies, no one—particularly his wife—finds this too surprising. What is surprising is that the poison was discovered in a fruitcake made and sold by the Handmaids of St. Lucy of Monkbury Abbey. Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, is asked to investigate. But just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well.

G.M. Malliet continues to delight readers in this standout mystery, the fourth book in her clever and engaging Max Tudor series.


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Chapter 1



The community as a whole shall choose its abbess based on her goodness and not on her rank. May God forbid the community should elect a woman only because she conspires to perpetuate its evil ways.

—The Rule of the Order of the Handmaids of St. Lucy

The bell rang for Matins in the middle of a dream, as it often did. Just as she would enter deep sleep—the scientists had a name for it, she could never recall what—Abbess Justina of Monkbury Abbey would be awakened by the bell. This was seldom a welcome interruption,



Praise for A Demon Summer

Praise for Wicked Autumn
Agatha Award Finalist
Included in the Today Show’s “Sizzling Summer Reads”
“Best Mysteries of 2011”— Library Journal and The Boston Globe
“A superb novel! … A wonderful read.”
—Louise Penny, author of A Trick of the Light
“If you love traditional mysteries you’ll enjoy Wicked Autumn... It’s a classic.”
—Charlaine Harris, author of the True Blood series

Praise for A Fatal Winter
Finalist for the Agatha Award
“Agatha Christie fans will relish Malliet’s delicious second Max Tudor novel.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“For Louise Penny fans.”
Library Journal (starred review; a top mystery pick for 2012)

Praise for Pagan Spring
Nominated for an Agatha Award
“A well-told tale whose greatest beauty, its charming cast of characters, binds together two generations.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads



  • G. M. Malliet

  • G.M. MALLIET’s novels and short stories have been nominated for many crime writing awards including the Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity, and she won the Agatha Award for Death of a Cozy Writer. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge and continued her graduate study at Oxford University. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC, area.
  • G. M. Malliet
    G. M. Malliet


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A Demon Summer

A Max Tudor Mystery

A Max Tudor Novel

G. M. Malliet



Minotaur Books