Of all cozy writers, I think Malliet has the purest, most elegant prose. Her writing is a joy to read. That alone would set her books apart, but she’s also deliciously re-visiting the British village mystery and making it her own, to the delight of mystery fans everywhere. My customers have quickly made her Max Tudor series a favorite.
So far she’s used seasonal titles and in this one she’s up to her last season, summer, as she spins a tale set inside a convent. Max, the vicar of Nether Monkslip, has been asked by his bishop to look into a mysterious fruitcake poisoning originating in the convent of the Handmaids of St. Lucy. The fruitcake is a bit of a specialty and the victim was the unpleasant Lord Lislelivit, happily recovered but angry and demanding answers.