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G.M. Malliet is an American award-winning author of mystery and cozy mystery novels.

She is best known for writing the Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer (2008), the first installment of the St. Just Mystery Series, which was named among the Best Books of 2008 by Kirkus Reviews.

The holder of degrees from Oxford University and the University of Cambridge, with the latter being a graduate degree, G.M. Malliet has a wealth of experience in journalism and copywriting.

During the highlight of her career, she wrote for national and international news publications and public broadcasters, before making the switch to fiction writing.

Agented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group, New York, G.M. Malliet is a member of Crime Writers' Association (UK), International Thriller Writers, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

She currently resides in the US.

More about G.M. Malliet

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Born: 1951

United States


Non Series

  • Weycombe (2017)

Augusta Hawke Mystery

  1. Augusta Hawke (2022)
  2. Invitation to a Killer (2023)

Max Tudor

  1. Wicked Autumn (2011)
  2. A Fatal Winter (2012)
  3. Pagan Spring (2013)
  4. A Demon Summer (2014)
  5. The Haunted Season (2015)
  6. Devil's Breath (2017)
  7. In Prior's Wood (2018)
  8. The Washing Away of Wrongs (2023)


  1. The Bartender (2022)
  2. Whiteout (2022)
  3. A Murder at Morehead Mews (2022)

Santa Fe Mystery

  1. Agony Aunt (2022)

St. Just Mystery

  1. Death of a Cozy Writer (2008)
  2. Death and the Lit Chick (2009)
  3. Death At the Alma Mater (2010)
  4. Death in Cornwall (2021)
  5. Death in Print (2023)
Non Series
Santa Fe Mystery

Detailed book overview

Non Series


Living in the wealthy gated village of Weycombe with her titled English husband is a fantasy come true for American Jillian White. But the murder of a local estate agent mars the pretty surface of her life and home. Worried about a killer on the loose, Jill tries to piece together clues hidden in the many versions of truth she hears from her suspicious neighbors. But as she plunges deep into the investigation, her own suspicions grow into a warped web of lies and treachery.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B0777VTV95
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Augusta Hawke Mystery

Augusta Hawke

Sometimes it's safer not to know your neighbors' secrets.

Where are Niko and Zora Norman? Crime writer Augusta Hawke puts her sleuthing skills to the test to solve the mystery of her disappearing neighbors in the first entry in a new series.

While Augusta Hawke is a successful author of eighteen crime novels, since her husband's death she's been living vicariously through her Jules Maigret-like detective Claude and his assistant Caroline. Then a handsome police detective appears investigating a real-life mystery.

Where are her neighbors, the Normans? No one has a clue what's happened - except Augusta. Although she isn't nosy, spending all day staring out the windows for inspiration means she does notice things. Like the Normans arguing. And that they've been missing a week.

Once the Normans' car is found abandoned, Augusta senses material for a bestseller and calls on the investigatory skills she's developed as a crime writer. But she soon uncovers long-hidden secrets and finds herself facing real-life dangers her characters never faced . . . ones she can't write her way out of.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1448306046
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Invitation to a Killer

Crime writer turned sleuth, Augusta Hawke finds herself drawn into her second mystery when a celebrity doctor is found dead at a party she is attending!

Callie Moore is no ordinary aspiring writer. Notorious wife of a Washington lobbyist, Callie believes no publicity is bad publicity and that publishing her scandalous memoirs will help her achieve her heart's desire: a diplomatic posting. She just needs crime novelist Augusta Hawke to be her ghostwriter.

It's hard to say no to Callie, but Augusta does agree to attend her dinner party. The guest list is impressive, and it's Augusta's chance to meet celebrity doctor Doc Burke. But before Augusta really gets a chance to chat with the famous humanitarian, the evening ends in his untimely death.

Signs point to a heart attack, but Augusta isn't convinced. Especially when his niece tells Augusta about the mystery woman who claimed the doctor's remains.

Augusta decides to host a writers' retreat and invite all the suspects, most of whom are connected in some way with writing. Isn't that what Agatha Christie would do? But the remote lodge soon becomes snowed in and the group starts to crack when it becomes clear the killer may not be finished killing. Can Augusta flush out the culprit before anyone else gets hurt?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1448308255
Publisher: Severn House Publishers

Max Tudor

Wicked Autumn

Max Tudor has settled happily into his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in Nether Monkslip. The quaint English village seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in MI5, the British domestic counter-intelligence agency. But his serenity is quickly shattered when the wildly unpopular president of the Women’s Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max’s MI5 training quickly kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1250175052
Publisher: Minotaur Books
A Fatal Winter

In A Fatal Winter, Max―Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob―investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder. With a cozy setting, intricate puzzles, and a handsome (non-celibate) priest doing the sleuthing, the books in this series are destined to become instant classics in the mystery world.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1250029041
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pagan Spring

Vicar Max Tudor, reveling in his new-found personal happiness with Awena Owen, feels that life at the moment holds no greater challenge than writing his Easter sermon. With Awena away, he looks forward to a dinner that includes newcomers to the village like West End dramatist Thaddeus Bottle and his downtrodden wife Melinda. 

But when one of the dinner guests is found dead in the pre-dawn hours, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped his perfect village of Nether Monkslip. Connections to long-ago crimes, some sparked by the paintings of a famous local artist, help Max unravel the clues―but can he restore peace to Nether Monkslip and still manage to finish his sermon?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1250043269
Publisher: Minotaur Books
A Demon Summer

Someone has been trying to poison the 15th Earl of Lislelivet. With his gift for making enemies, no one-particularly his wife-is too surprised until they discover the source of the poison: a fruitcake made and sold by the Handmaids of St. Lucy of Monkbury Abbey. Max Tudor, vicar of Nether Monkslip and former MI5 agent, is asked to investigate. But just as Max comes to believe the poisoning was accidental, a body is discovered in the cloister well.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1250066251
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Haunted Season

Something sinister is stirring at Totleigh Hall, the imposing manor house dominating the village of Nether Monkslip.

Usually, the lord and lady of the manor are absent for most of the year, but this year they 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, building roads and repairing bridges and donating money to the upkeep of St Edwold's, while hosting splendid dinners at the Hall to which the vicar and the village doctor were invited by right and tradition.

Max Tudor's own invitation comes as a welcome novelty; it will be his first time meeting the famous family that once held sway in the area. The fact that they were famous for their eccentricities only adds to their appeal for the Anglican priest. But 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 solve a murder is once again called into play...

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1472106278
Publisher: Constable
Devil's Breath

Even though Max's calling led him to become a vicar, his past life as a spy catches up with him...

Max receives the call for help when the body of glamorous film star Margot Browne is washed ashore at Monkslip-super-Mare. George, his former boss in the secret service, tells Max a former colleague, Patrice Logan, has asked MI5 for help - particularly, Max's help.

It's a perfect 'closed circle' murder since victim Margot must have been killed by one of the group of actors, stylists, scriptwriters and other hangers-on aboard the yacht they were cruising on. Patrice suspects the yacht's owner, a playboy film director she's been keeping tabs on for smuggling, but Max isn't so sure. 

Max and DCI Cotton interview the suspects as they lounge about on one of the luxury hotels dotting the waterfront. Tipped by the playboy director, Max uncovers the truth about the star's life and death. But would Margot kill - or be killed - to keep her lurid past firmly in the past?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1472125163
Publisher: Constable
In Prior's Wood

Newly returned from investigating a murder in Monkslip-super-Mare, handsome Max Tudor wants nothing more than to settle back into his predictable routine as vicar of St. Edwold’s Church in the village of Nether Monkslip. But the flow of his sermon on Bathsheba is interrupted when the lady of the local manor house is found in a suicide pact with her young lover.

Lady Duxter’s husband rallies quickly from the double tragedy―too quickly, it is murmured in the village. Lord Duxter already has offered his manor house to a motley crew of writers, including Max’s wife Awena, for his writers’ retreat, and he insists the show must go on.

When a young girl goes missing and a crime writer becomes a target, DCI Cotton asks Max to lend his MI5 expertise to the investigation.

Many suspects emerge as the scope of the investigation widens beyond the writers to villagers who had crossed swords with the insufferably smug crime author. But Max begins to wonder: was the attack on the writer only part of a broader conspiracy of silence?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250302021
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Washing Away of Wrongs

Max Tudor is forced to revisit the past to solve a very recent case of murder...

Max Tudor thought he'd left the world of deceit when he resigned from MI5 to become an Anglican priest. Then his bishop asks him to return to his Oxford college, St Luke's, to investigate the death of its chaplain, and Max realizes there's no leaving the past behind.

At first, Max agrees with the official police verdict of death by natural causes. The Rev. Ace Graybill was as harmless a man as ever lived. It's difficult to see how he managed to cross anyone capable of murder.

And the suspects are all above reproach: the celebrated Principal, the cautious bursar, the wise librarian, and a raft of benign students and academics.

But someone in the college wanted the kindly chaplain dead... and looks can be very deceiving.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1408718650
Publisher: Constable


The Bartender

On overhearing a conversation one evening, the bartender of the title is inspired to try his hand at a copycat crime. He realizes his ordinary appearance and ability to blend in might help him evade detection, and in the days before security cameras were installed on nearly every home and street corner, he may have been right. Sadly, he fails to notice - right under his nose - an old-fashioned obstacle to success in his new career.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09V3GZ4G8

From an Agatha Award-winning author comes "Whiteout," the story of a man who sees more than may be good for him when he's sidelined by a skiing accident. This short story finaled in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award poll and was nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Short Story.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09W3WLSGC
A Murder at Morehead Mews

A Murder at Morehead Mews is a novella starring Magdalene Duchateau, an amateur sleuth at large in between-the-wars London - although Magdalene would bristle at the suggestion she is an amateur.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09ZPR78LL

Santa Fe Mystery

Agony Aunt

Is it ever okay to take the law into your own hands? That's the question at the heart of this original short story by award-winning author G.M. Malliet.

Maria Ignatius Jona writes an advice column - an "Agony Aunt" column - for the daily Santa Fe Orbital.

She inherited the column ten years before from her aunt Bettina, and soon discovered she'd also inherited her aunt's intuition and knack for helping people sort out their problems.

For friends as well as readers, Maria is always on tap for solicited advice. So when her good friend Jane invites her to meet for dinner to talk about something "important," Maria expects to be asked for the usual guidance on relationships and in-laws.

But the topic is far darker, for Jane's dilemma has to do with vigilante justice ... leading to murder.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09R6586HP

St. Just Mystery

Death of a Cozy Writer

From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. 

Tiring of this device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow―a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet...who was once suspected of murdering her husband.

Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. Since Ruthven is generally hated, no one seems too surprised or upset―least of all his cold-blooded wife Lillian. When Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate, he meets with a deadly calm that goes beyond the usual English reserve. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk―an ornate knife thrust into his heart. 

Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn, can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends up dead?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0738712482
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Death and the Lit Chick

Cold-blooded murder is, like, totally un-cool.

As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But jealousy and resentment are soon replaced with shock when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon.

Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis...

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0738712475
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Death At the Alma Mater

St. Michael's College, Cambridge, is prestigious, stately-and in frightful disrepair. To replenish its dwindling coffers, the College's Master holds a fundraising weekend for wealthy alums. But all goes awry when the glamorous―and despised―Lexy Laurant is found strangled on the grounds. 

There's a lengthy list of likely suspects: Lexy's debt-ridden Latino lover, her titled ex-husband who left her for another woman, and a garrulous oil-rich Texan with something to hide, among others. As Detective Chief Inspector St. Just weighs clashing egos, he discovers unsavory secrets...and a most shocking twist.

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0738719672
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Death in Cornwall

To celebrate their engagement, DCI Arthur St. Just and Portia De’Ath visit the quiet village of Maidsfell in Cornwall. Upon arriving they find the villagers in an uproar over plans to redevelop the local seafront.

The fishermen want to build a new slipway to aid their business, but many residents worry it will spoil the view for the tourists who help drive the economy. After a heated village meeting on the issue, St. Just overhears an argument involving Lord Bodwally – an unpopular aristocrat staunchly opposed to the plans. Later, Bodwally’s lifeless body is discovered. It’s murder.

Although Bodwally was disliked, who’d go so far as to kill him? St. Just, although an outsider from Cambridge, feels compelled to help local authorities investigate. Is Bodwally’s death linked to the seafront, his suspect business dealings, or a secret from the past? One thing is certain, the fallout threatens to change Maidsfell forever...

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1448306312
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Death in Print

A celebration in Oxford for university tutor and bestselling author Jason Verdoot, attended by DCI St. Just and his fiancée Portia, is a night to remember...for all the wrong reasons.

University of Oxford tutor and bestselling author Jason Verdoodt has it all: acclaim, women, money...and an enemy or two. When he's found dead at the bottom of the stairs during a celebratory reception at St Rumwold's College, many wonder if seething jealousy of his literary success has turned someone's mind to murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just becomes inescapably drawn into an investigation that takes him down the historic streets of Oxford and into the hallowed halls of its university. Alongside his fiancée, crime fiction writer Portia De'Ath, he uncovers several motives for murdering the celebrated but insufferable Jason - whose next novel may be a threat to many in his orbit - and no shortage of suspects who are nursing a grudge from the first novel. Has someone decided to write revenge into the plot?

Author: G.M. Malliet
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0BXPWDJ85
Publisher: Severn House Publishers