Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Best of 2011

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed and recommended by Burbank Public Library staff during 2011 for your consideration:

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
This delightfully witty "cozy" is sure to make many of the Best of 2011 lists. When one happens upon an Agatha Christie-style English village mystery in which the series hero is former MI5, now Anglican priest, one is undeniably hooked!

The small village of Nether Monkslip is no Saint Mary Mead, however. The quirky residents are definitely 21st century, and their hunky vicar, Father Max Tudor, makes this new series a deliciously wicked read. Fed up with the life of a spy, Max has retreated to the relative peace and tranquility of Nether Monkslip, along with the village's urban escapees, yoga teachers, artisans, crafters, and new agers. The only fly in the ointment is Wanda Batton-Smythe, the bossy and unpopular president of the Women's Institute.

Surely it's no surprise when Wanda is whacked at the Harvest Fayre. While the death looks like a tragic accident, Max's training kicks in and he's sure it's murder -- "the snake in his Garden of Eden," as it were. Max finds himself being drawn deeper into the investigation, which stirs up his own personal demons from the past.
Reviewed by Aunt Agatha

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