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. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area. Before he has time to starch his clerical collar and organize a babysitter, a sudden and suspicious 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 story.
©2015 G. M. Malliet (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
"At least one head rolls in clergyman/detective Max Tudor's fifth seasonally themed case...[an] enjoyable blend of whimsy and homicide." (Kirkus Reviews)
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"Not quite as good"
A bit disappointed in this one. I found the plot a little contrived and the characterisations overdone. I was most disappointed in the use of American terms used in a story set in an English village, for example "fall" for Autumn and "diaper" for nappy. I know a lot of readers may be American but verisimilitude needs the correct terms
"Another enjoyable story of Father Max"
For those who've read other books in this series, this installment is no disappointment. Nether Monkslip continues to enhance its status as a place for spiritual and physical healing.....and too many murders. This series is sometimes wildly plotted with a muddying number of suspects and possible motives. However, the development of the main characters continues to deepen, and the Epilogue provided tantalizing suggestions about the continuation of the story line.
"Another wonderful story by G.M.Malliet"
The author's reading of this book, like all the other Max Tudor mysteries, is great.
The Max Tudor mysteries are excellent, taken as individual books, but the greatest fun is in reading/listening from the first book, in succession. The author has fabulous twists and turns and the characters are well developed.
Michael Page - I can really envision the characters by the way he uses his voice.
Although - there are some recording edits called for in the first few chapters.
I think it's an 8-hour book, right? impossible.
These books are terrific to listen to while driving on a long work commute, to end the day, while doing chores, or just hanging around. Fantastic. Always sorry when they're over.
I have read all the Max Tudor mysteries, but this will probably be My last. The names of the characters -- ridiculous; the constant references to classic mysteries , both books and films-- tedious; the plot -totally unbelievable. Time to find a new series.
I liked this as I have all of this series. I just love Max and I half hope that we get a prequel at some point with more of his MI5 story.
As with most of the Max series I didn't figure out the murderer. I was going in a totally different direction. I liked the excitement at the end. And the last two sentences? I need the next book now!!!
The narration, again, was perfect. I could listen to Michael Page all day long. Well, I guess I have.
Keep writing, Ms Malliet. We need more Max.
Good story although the ending was hurried. I hope this is not the last Father Max book.
"It had great potential, but..."
This, as with most of her books, I couldn't wait to listen to. The performance is always wonderful, and the stories are such a fun escape. The beginning and middle of this book were quite engrossing and I expected so much. However, the ending fell absolutely flat. It was the weakest of the books so far.
"Unsatisfying absurd confused boring cardboard."
Perhaps the most ridiculous unsatisfying cozy I have ever read. I don't expect cozy who-done-it books to enthrall, inspire, or illuminate. I do expect to be entertained. I was not. I kept reading just to see how much more ridiculous the story would become. I have a vague idea why this particular title was given to the book and mercy it is an extremely tangential fit.
No. I have read the other Max Tudor books and they were ok...predictable and cozy, not great but good enough. I always wanted more character development...after 5 books all the principals are still paper doll cutouts who are all incredibly boring..
Good narration given the material.
There were so many convolutions to the two main plots that I was simply baffled at times. Most of the action is not shown real-time. Rather, it is described in lengthy boring boring boring explanations after the fact. It is almost like reading a yellow journalism news account of a crime. ((Did I saw boring?)) There are inconsistencies that defy human experience: A character is hospitalized for months for a head concussion from which she is expected to make a full recovery; Tudor rushes out of his home toward the sound of gun fire where a killer is likely holding a hostage...and he carries his baby to the scene rather than handing the kid off to the housekeeper who is standing at his side when they hear the gun. In a bizarre add-on, a (not previously introduced) five year-old abruptly enters the story line in the last few pages of the book and is given a presence and a role that just flaps in the wind and fills up space.
"Nowhere near the quality of the last books"
The last few chapters are very poor. All told as exposition and totally unbelievable. Although I enjoyed the other books, I would not recommend purchasing this one.
"Excellent Book, Excellent performance"
Yes - the performance is brilliant and he uses the right inflections which express the feelings and emphasis of the story.
Max Tudor, the main character is my favourite. The story shows his concerns, his thought processes and he takes the listener along with his logical thinking and emotions.
It is so difficult to say which scene I most enjoyed as they are all so important to the story and are all crucial to the understanding of the characters involved and the reasoning behind the logical conclusions. Having said that, I love the scenes involving his partner - an unusual pairing which brings out the sympathy and interest of the reader - fascinating.
Most of my emotional reactions, not to the point of crying, are connected with the relationship between Max and his partner, which has an impact on other parts of is life. The way the relationship is expressed in the book and how it impacts on other areas of his life and that of other characters in the village is amusing and at times makes the listener laugh.
The author has a way of bringing the characters in her books to life. The Max Tudor series is an excellent series of mysteries, but not solely about the mystery themselves. The characters become rounded, their inter-relationships are made interesting to the point at which the listener can mentally see the characters and their reactions. The author weaves the personal stories into the main mystery in such a way that the two become an integral point of the logical conclusions which the listener can make. I absolutely love this series and hope the author continues to write more .... PLEASE!!
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