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"There are certain things you want in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth . . . Malliet delivers all that . " -Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times nbsp; G. M. Malliet has charmed mystery lovers, cozy fans, and Agatha Christie devotees everywhere with Wicked Autumn and A Fatal Winter, the critically-acclaimed mysteries that introduced former spy turned cleric Max Tudor. Now, Max returns to the small English village of Nether Monkslip, where some new residents cause quite a stir. Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. Connections to long-ago crimes, some sparked by the paintings of a famous local artist, help Max unravel the clues-but can he restore peace to Nether Monkslip and still manage to finish his sermon?nbsp; Funny, smart, and perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny,nbsp; Pagan Spring  is a one-of-a-kind mystery featuring everyone's favorite attractive vicar. nbsp;

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Booklist Review

Nether Monkslip, a classic English village with ancient roots, is growing, the old residents and businesses selling to newcomers. One of its newer residents is Max Tudor, a former MI5 agent now vicar of St. Edwold's. With his current love out of town, Max is invited to join other relative newcomers at a dinner party. Among the guests is Thaddeus Bottle, a prominent actor who has recently returned to Nether Monkslip. The dinner party is a good break from preparing his Easter sermon, but Max gets a shocking surprise when Bottle is found dead in his bed the next morning. That no one, including Bottle's wife, will miss the victim makes for a large pool of suspects. As he applies both his MI5 background and his pastoral skills, Max learns that each of his fellow dinner guests has something to hide, but ultimately it is their shared past that informs the present. In this third in a charming series, Malliet has grafted a contemporary village setting onto the classic roots of the beloved English cozy, with a dash of historical motivation.--Muller, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Contemporary cozies don't get much better than Agatha-winner Malliet's third Max Tudor mystery (after 2012's A Fatal Winter). A former MI5 agent turned Anglican vicar, Tudor has made a new beginning in the English village of Nether Monkslip, where he's been fortunate enough to find the love of his life, Awena Owen, though her religious views quite differ from his own. Tudor once again slips into sleuthing mode after a mysterious death following a dinner honoring playwright and actor Thaddeus Bottle, who recently retired with his wife to Nether Monkslip, his boyhood home. Familiar elements include a polarizing figure whom many wish ill, the planting of red herrings, and a well-clued solution, but Malliet isn't content simply to update the golden age template. Between her unusual lead, his love interest, and the other village residents, she's created well-thought-out characters who are much more than stereotypes, and has added plenty of wry humor to boot. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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