This week Krystyna Green, publishing director of Constable Crime, recommends A Demon Summer by G M Malliet:
‘If you are a fan of M C Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books you will love Gin’s Max Tudor series; Max himself is a sleuthing vicar, very much in the James Runcie/Granchester mould. And not only is he a silver fox, he is accompanied on his crime-solving pursuits by his faithful Gordon setter.
Quintessentially English, it’s amazing to think the author is American… but then again she went to Oxford as an undergraduate and did a Masters at Cambridge, so certainly she is honorary British! And her imagined village of Nether Monkslip, with all obligatory eccentricities and quirks, has its real life counterparts scattered all across the Cotswolds and up and down the shires of this country.
So if you prefer your crime to be gentle rather than gory, and your sleuths handsome with a mysterious past, do dip into Demon Summer and enjoy!’