Lord and Lady Baaden-Boomethistle have been in residence for some weeks now, and the villagers are hoping for a return to the good old days, when the lord of the manor sprinkled benefits across the village like fairy dust. Father Max Tudor's invitation to dinner at the hall comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area. Before he has time to starch his clerical collar and organize a babysitter, a sudden and suspicious death intervenes, and the handsome vicar's talent for sorting through clues to a murder is once again called into play in this charming and clever story.
"At least one head rolls in clergyman/detective Max Tudor's fifth seasonally themed case...[an] enjoyable blend of whimsy and homicide." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Nowhere near the quality of the last books
Excellent Book, Excellent performance
Yes - the performance is brilliant and he uses the right inflections which express the feelings and emphasis of the story.
Max Tudor, the main character is my favourite. The story shows his concerns, his thought processes and he takes the listener along with his logical thinking and emotions.
It is so difficult to say which scene I most enjoyed as they are all so important to the story and are all crucial to the understanding of the characters involved and the reasoning behind the logical conclusions. Having said that, I love the scenes involving his partner - an unusual pairing which brings out the sympathy and interest of the reader - fascinating.
Most of my emotional reactions, not to the point of crying, are connected with the relationship between Max and his partner, which has an impact on other parts of is life. The way the relationship is expressed in the book and how it impacts on other areas of his life and that of other characters in the village is amusing and at times makes the listener laugh.
The author has a way of bringing the characters in her books to life. The Max Tudor series is an excellent series of mysteries, but not solely about the mystery themselves. The characters become rounded, their inter-relationships are made interesting to the point at which the listener can mentally see the characters and their reactions. The author weaves the personal stories into the main mystery in such a way that the two become an integral point of the logical conclusions which the listener can make. I absolutely love this series and hope the author continues to write more .... PLEASE!!