Monday, February 27, 2017

Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet

Pagan Spring is the third book in G. M. Malliet's mystery series featuring MI-5 turned Vicar sleuth Max Tudor. Think a very modernized "Grant Chester" with cell phones and Internet. Side note: Grantchester by James Runcie is a book series turned PBS mini-series definitely worth checking out!

In this third installment of G. M. Malliet's mystery series, Max Tudor is on the case again with DCI Cotton trying to solve the mysterious death of Thaddeus Bottle, a somewhat famous actor of the British stage; although his fame is far more deduced in his own mind than that of the vox populi. His sudden move from fast-paced London to his childhood home of Nether Monkslip, a charming English village with amiable weather and a very handsome, single vicar, is not really questioned until of course, he turns up dead. His wife, the lovely and quite lushy Melinda, seeks out Max before calling in the authorities. He's the kind of vicar everyone trusts. Through a series of secrets revealed, the murderer is brought to light with a satisfying finish.

Max, however, is in the middle of his own struggles having fallen in love with Awena Owen at the close of book two (Fatal Winter). While this seems idyllic for the young vicar (the whole town has been trying to land him), Awena is a pagan - not exactly a match made in Heaven for the Bishop of the times. The tangled webs we weave...

Through beautiful scenery, surreal landscaping, cheeky but wise characters, and just enough mystery on both the personal and public front, G. M. Malliet creates everything you need in a British cozy series. Her books are the kind of read reminiscent of Agatha Christie with several homages to the Maiden of Mystery throughout the writing.

Definitely a ☕☕☕☕ from me (they drag just a touch after the murder has been solved for my taste). I will certainly pick up the next book: A Demon Summer in the near future.

The first two books in the series are: Wicked Autumn and A Fatal Winter. 

G. M. Malliet also writes another mystery series with a different detective by the name of St. Just - and I read that enter grouping as well. This series begins with: Death of a Cozy Writer, followed by Death and the Lit Chick and then Death at the Alma Mater. 

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