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A Demon Summer

A Demon Summer

A Max Tudor Mystery

A Max Tudor Novel (Volume 4)

G. M. Malliet

Minotaur Books

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*Nominated for the 2014 Agatha Award*


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.

Agatha Awards - Nominee

Chapter 1

ABBESS JUSTINA



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...

Praise for A Demon Summer

“Highly entertaining… Wry humor permeates A Demon Summer. After all, haven't most of us thought that fruitcakes were, in some way, lethal? Yet Malliet also weaves in a serious subplot about families, devotion and the reasons that attract some people to a near cloistered life. Each visit to Nether Monkslip with its mix of eccentric and ordinary residents has been a delight. A Demon Summer pays tribute to the village mystery while showing its relevance to modern times.” —Associated Press

“Wittier than Louise Penny, lighter than Tana French, smarter than Deborah Crombie, G.M. Malliet has made a name for herself with her cozy-but-cutting English mysteries. A Demon Summer makes the case that she may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with French). She's certainly the most entertaining, with her delightful but surprisingly deep series about sleuthing vicar Max Tudor… As usual, Malliet's story is filled with gorgeous descriptions of scenery and food, cutting wit and profound insight about the human condition. More than a few references to Penny's The Beautiful Mystery, set in a Canadian monastery, are a nice, winky touch, too.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“With clever plotting that draws on classic elements of the British village mystery, characters conceived with care, an evocative setting and frequent doses of humor to leaven the inevitable sadness, Malliet continues her elegant and ente… More…

“Highly entertaining… Wry humor permeates A Demon Summer. After all, haven't most of us thought that fruitcakes were, in some way, lethal? Yet Malliet also weaves in a serious subplot about families, devotion and the reasons that attract some people to a near cloistered life. Each visit to Nether Monkslip with its mix of eccentric and ordinary residents has been a delight. A Demon Summer pays tribute to the village mystery while showing its relevance to modern times.” —Associated Press

“Wittier than Louise Penny, lighter than Tana French, smarter than Deborah Crombie, G.M. Malliet has made a name for herself with her cozy-but-cutting English mysteries. A Demon Summer makes the case that she may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with French). She's certainly the most entertaining, with her delightful but surprisingly deep series about sleuthing vicar Max Tudor… As usual, Malliet's story is filled with gorgeous descriptions of scenery and food, cutting wit and profound insight about the human condition. More than a few references to Penny's The Beautiful Mystery, set in a Canadian monastery, are a nice, winky touch, too.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“With clever plotting that draws on classic elements of the British village mystery, characters conceived with care, an evocative setting and frequent doses of humor to leaven the inevitable sadness, Malliet continues her elegant and entertaining series, one that discerning fans of the genre will find stimulating, rewarding — and a ton of fun.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“I'm a fan of G.M. Malliet, and A Demon Summer is more of a return to the roots of the series. Father Max Tudor, former MI5 operative turned Anglican priest, must visit Monkbury Abbey at the order of his bishop. A peer has been poisoned, though not fatally, by a fruitcake prepared by the Handmaids of St. Lucy, a contemplative order. Just when Max is concluding the poisoning was accidental, one of the visitors to the Abbey is done to death. Once again, Max must find the killer . . . this time so he can home to his handfasting to the pregnant Awena.” —Charlaine Harris

“Entertaining . . . the ending with a traditional gathering of the subjects will please Golden Age fans.” —Publisher's Weekly

“The fourth fun entry in this charming English cozy series is delighful in tone. Think Agatha Christie meets Ian Fleming.” —Library Journal

“There are certain things you want in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth… Malliet delivers all of that.” —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

“G.M. Malliet's Sly humor rivals Jane Austen's.” —The Boston Globe

“A classic and ingenious whodunit laced with clues for the alert reader, A Fatal Winter out-Christies Christie. Pray you don't miss it.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Wittier than Louise Penny, lighter than Tana French, smarter than Deborah Crombie, G.M. Malliet has made a name for herself with her cozy-but-cutting English mysteries. A Demon Summer makes the case that she may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with French).” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A superb novel! Rarely have I read descriptions that have left me gasping, in both their hilarity and their painful truth. A wonderful read.” —Louise Penny on Wicked Autumn

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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.

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