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The Haunted Season

The Haunted Season

A Max Tudor Mystery

A Max Tudor Novel (Volume 5)

G. M. Malliet

Minotaur Books

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Max Tudor must contend with his new role as a father as well as a murder all too close to home in Nether Monkslip in the next installment in G. M. Malliet's wildly popular series

Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers and cozy fans everywhere with Wicked Autumn, A Fatal Winter, and Pagan Spring, the critically acclaimed mysteries featuring handsome former-spy-turned-cleric Father Max Tudor. Hailed as "wittier than Louise Penny, lighter than Tana French, smarter than Deborah Crombie" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Malliet is a top-notch writer whose work gets better with each book.

Now, in The Haunted Season, something sinister is stirring at Totleigh Hall, the showcase of the English village of Nether Monkslip. Usually, the Lord and Lady of the manor are absent—high tax rates, it is murmured with more than a trace of envy, force them to live on the continent for most of the year. But Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Max Tudor also looks forward to getting better acquainted with the famous family that once held sway in the area. But a sudden, macabre death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues to a murder is once again called into play in this charming and clever novel.

Chapter 1

MAX TUDOR



It was fall, and the patchwork fields around Nether Monkslip were changing color from gold and jade to bronze and topaz in that strange alchemy of the turning seasons.

Father Maxen Tudor...

Praise for The Haunted Season

“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 on Fatal Winter

“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 on Demon Summer

“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

“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 on Demon Summer

“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 enter… More…

“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 on Fatal Winter

“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 on Demon Summer

“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

“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 on Demon Summer

“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 on Demon Summer

“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 on Demon Summer

“Entertaining . . . the ending with a traditional gathering of the subjects will please Golden Age fans.” —Publishers Weekly on Demon Summer

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

“Contemporary cozies don't get much better than Agatha-winner Malliet's third Max Tudor mystery.” —Publishers Weekly (starred) on Pagan Spring

“Well crafted and entertaining, this is a superb winter read.” —Crimespree on Fatal Winter

“A traditional English mystery involving a small village, a dysfunctional family and an attractive vicar can't help but appeal to mystery lovers everywhere.” —Fresh Fiction on Fatal Winter

“Agatha Christie fans will relish Malliet's delicious second Max Tudor novel....Clever deduction and a logical fair-play solution are enhanced by the author's wry humor.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Fatal Winter

“Malliet doesn't miss a step in her stellar second case for her handsome vicar....This series shines for its wit, well-drawn characters, pitch-perfect dialog, and intricately structured puzzle.” —Library Journal, starred review on Fatal Winter

“[A] gift-wrapped package for cozy lovers and Agatha Christie devotees… thoroughly entertaining.” —Booklist on Fatal Winter

“A winning entry in the quiet English village mystery genre.” —Mystery Scene on Wicked Autumn

“Takes the traditional English cozy mystery and plants it firmly into the twenty-first century.” —New York Journal of Books on Wicked Autumn

“Provid[es] the sort of comfort a quintessential cozy can offer.” —Kirkus on Wicked Autumn

“Malliet has mastered the delights of the cozy mystery so completely that she seems to be channeling Agatha Christie.” —Booklist, starred review on Wicked Autumn

“A superb new series... a true homage to Agatha Christie...Malliet, like Louise Penny, brings a contemporary freshness to the traditional mystery.” —Library Journal, starred review on Wicked Autumn

“This appealing first in a new cozy series from Agatha-winner Malliet introduces Max Tudor....Readers will look forward to seeing more of the Rev. Tudor.” —Publishers Weekly on Wicked Autumn

“Intelligent, charming writing make this a standout and a return to the traditional English village mystery.” —Charlaine Harris, author of the True Blood series, on Wicked Autumn

“Exquisitely well written, a tongue-in-cheek village mystery to be savored.” —Julia Spencer-Fleming on Wicked Autumn

“G. M. Malliet has brought the village cozy into the 21st century.” —Charles Todd on Wicked Autumn

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G. M. Malliet

G. M. MALLIET won the Agatha Award for best first novel for Death of a Cozy Writer, which initially won the Malice Domestic Grant, was nominated for both a Macavity and an Anthony Award, and was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2008 by Kirkus Reviews. Malliet's first three books in the Max Tudor series-Wicked Autumn, Fatal Winter, and Pagan Spring-were all nominated for the Agatha Award as well. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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