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"G. M. Malliet has crafted the English village of our dreams." -- Charlaine Harris

Agatha Award-winning author G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees with her critically acclaimed mysteries, and this newest one featuring handsome spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor won't disappoint.

Newly returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare, handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back into his predictable routine as vicar of St. Edwold's Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover.

Lady Duxter's husband rallies quickly from the double tragedy -- too quickly, it is murmured in the village. Lord Duxter already has offered his manor house to a motley crew of writers, including Max's wife Awena, for his writers' retreat, and he insists the show must go on.

When a young girl goes missing and a crime writer becomes a target, DCI Cotton asks Max to lend his MI5 expertise to the investigation.

Many suspects emerge as the scope of the investigation widens beyond the writers to villagers who had crossed swords with the insufferably smug crime author. But Max begins to wonder: was the attack on the writer only part of a broader conspiracy of silence?



About the Author

G. M. Malliet

G.M. Malliet is the Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mysteries. All of her books are set in the UK, her home away from home. That's her in the dungeon, above.

With five Agatha and three Anthony nominations, she's also been shortlisted for the Macavity, Left Coast Crime, IPPY, Daphne, David, and Dilys awards. The audio version of her second novel, read by Davina Porter, was a 2014 Anthony nominee.

Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Strand.

Her formal bio from her publisher:
G.M. Malliet's first St. Just mystery won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a best book of the year. It was nominated for several awards, including the Anthony, the Macavity, and a Left Coast Crime award for best police procedural. She has since been nominated for nearly every major crime-writing award, including the Anthony (audiobook and short story) . Her series from Minotaur featuring a former MI5 agent turned vicar of a small English village debuted in the autumn of 2011. Of the fourth book in the series, Cleveland.com raved: "[Malliet] may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French) . She's certainly the most entertaining." She attended graduate school in Cambridge and Oxford; she and her husband travel frequently to the U.K., the setting for her books. WEYCOMBE, also set in an English village, is her first book of dark suspense.

The sixth Max Tudor, DEVIL'S BREATH, will appear in April 2017; the seventh will appear in April 2018.

WEYCOMBE will appear in October 2017.

Visit her at GMMalliet.com, at facebook.com/g.m.malliet, and at twitter.com/GMMalliet.



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