Wednesday, October 7, 2015

G. M. Malliet

G.M. Malliet is the author of the Max Tudor novels Wicked Autumn, A Fatal Winter, Pagan Spring, and A Demon Summer, all books shortlisted for the Agatha Award for best traditional mystery novel. Her new novel is The Haunted Season, the fifth Max Tudor mystery.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Malliet's reply:
I am just getting around to reading the entire oeuvre of Tana French, and I am more than halfway through The Secret Place, her fifth book. I am dreading reaching the end because I don't believe she has a sixth book in the series out. Her writing is gorgeous in what I think of as an Irish sort of way, inventive and reaching--not straining--for metaphor. Think: a far more accessible James Joyce. Just when you think the English language has been pushed to the boundaries, someone comes along with descriptions of sky and sea and the ridges of personality that amaze.

In each book French has chosen to explore a different setting and aspect of life in modern Ireland, and to study people circling round the different social classes. If I had to choose a favorite so far it would be Broken Harbor, where she examines the economic crash that brought so many people to the brink, and in some cases, pushed them over.
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