A FATAL WINTER by G.M. Malliet

A FATAL WINTER

KIRKUS REVIEW

Priestly duties fall by the wayside when Max Tudor must investigate what appears to be a murder in an upper-crust family living in a local castle.

Traveling back to his home in Nether Monkslip, Anglican priest Max Tudor finds himself stuck in a train compartment with Lady Baynard of Chedrow Castle and having rather unpriestly thoughts of annoyance and impatience. Unfortunately, Max is soon summoned to Chedrow Castle by DCI Cotton, of the Monkslip-super-Mare police, who eagerly seeks Max’s MI5 experience to investigate at the castle when Lady Baynard’s brother and titleholder, Lord Footrustle, is murdered. It being the holidays, the castle is brimming with familial suspects whose loss will doubtless also be their pecuniary gain. Soon after his arrival, Lady Baynard’s body is found. Now, the pressure is on Max to determine who most profited from the deaths of the brother and sister. Some relatives, including Lord Footrustle’s daughter, Jocasta, and his former wife, Gwynyth, seem too out of touch with reality to be complicit in the deaths. By contrast, adopted granddaughter Lamorna’s quiet snooping and religious moralizing send her to the top of Max’s suspect list. DCI Cotton implores Max to find the murderer lest any other lives be lost. Max, however, is distracted by thoughts of his dear friend Awena Owen, whose assistance he can’t help but desire, though he’s becoming aware that his thoughts about her amount to more than just thoughts.

The handsome priest-turned-detective hero who debuted in Wicked Autumn (2011) nearly meets his match in a suspect list that rivals the telephone directory.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-64797-1
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Minotaur
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2012




OCTOBER MYSTERIES & THRILLERS :

Mystery CAUSE OF DEATH by Jane A. Adams
by Jane A. Adams
Mystery DEAD ENDS by Sandra Balzo
by Sandra Balzo
Mystery THE THING ITSELF by Peter Guttridge
by Peter Guttridge
Mystery CLEANUP by Norah McClintock
by Norah McClintock

MORE BY G.M. MALLIET

MysteryPAGAN SPRING by G.M. Malliet
by G.M. Malliet
MysteryWICKED AUTUMN by G.M. Malliet
by G.M. Malliet
FictionDEATH AND THE LIT CHICK by G.M. Malliet
by G.M. Malliet

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

NonfictionLET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED by Jenny Lawson
by Jenny Lawson
FictionTHE AFTER WIFE by Gigi Levangie Grazer
by Gigi Levangie Grazer
FictionTHE ROOK by Daniel O'Malley
by Daniel O'Malley