Book Review of
Wicked Autumn A Max Tudor Novel
The first in a delightful series, Wicked Autumn sharply skewers the quintessential English village in a cunningly modern version of the traditional drawing room mystery. Wickedly entertaining, it’s the perfect choice for Agatha Christie fans.
Max Tudor has settled happily into his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in Nether Monkslip. The quaint English village seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in MI5, the British domestic counter-intelligence agency. But his serenity is quickly shattered when the wildly unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s MI5 training quickly kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.
I have read several places that Wicked Autumn and the Max Tudor series is a great series for people that love British mysteries. However, it wasn’t for me. It was a fine book, but just not for me.
After reading this, I realized that I do love British mysteries, but I prefer the ones set during WWII or earlier. Wicked Autumn is set in the modern-day, and the setting just didn’t work for.
I also felt like the last couple of chapters didn’t really fit the book. I think it would have been better for the book to end at the solving of the mystery.