Mysteries Reviewed: 'Dark Corners,' 'The Haunted Season,' 'Charlotte's Story,' 'Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante'
With all my thanks to Jay Strafford for this truly stunning review of THE HAUNTED SEASON in last Sunday's Richmond Times-Dispatch. I am in such great company here; it is bittersweet to be reviewed with the greatly missed Ruth Rendell.
"Malliet combines a cunning plot with lovely prose and wicked humor in her novels, as well as a wealth of incisively drawn eccentrics. With a bow to Agatha Christie, another to Fred Secombe — and blessed with creative ingenuity — she honors the core of the English-village subgenre and deftly adjusts it to the contemporary era in this amusing and affecting whodunit."
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With Halloween around the corner, Crime Vault is offering you the chance to win a set of three ghostly tales!
The Haunted Season is a sinister village-set murder mystery from Agatha Award-shortlisted G.M. Malliet.
Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden features a witch (of course!), secrets aplenty and murder most foul.
And The Talisman from author of Naomi’s Room, Jonathan Aycliffe, is a good old-fashioned English ghost story – unsettling, chilling and perfect for Halloween.
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Today is the launch day for the fifth Max Tudor mystery. Description from the jacket copy:
"A Demon Summer makes the case that Malliet may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining," raved The Cleveland Plain Dealer about the fourth Max Tudor Mystery.
Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers and Agatha Christie devotees everywhere with her acclaimed English village mysteries featuring handsome cleric Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent.
Now something sinister is afoot at Totleigh Hall, the showcase of the sleepy English village of Nether Monkslip. Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the days when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. But a sudden grisly death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues is once again called into play. This cleverly plotted novel of the classic mystery school is perfect for fans of Louise Penny, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Martha Grimes--and of course, Agatha Christie.
.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.