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The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday @SJIHolliday @MulhollandUK

November 9, 2017

Source: Netgalley

Published: Mulholland Books on 16 Nov. 2017

 

The hunt is on for a serial killer in a thrilling festive crime novel.

It looks like a regular advent calendar.

Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors…and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one.

The police hope it’s a prank. Because if it isn’t, a murderer has just surfaced – someone who’s been killing for twenty years.

But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station?

As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them…

It’s shaping up to be a deadly little Christmas.

 

A poetic review to begin….

Have yourself a deadly little Christmas,

Let your hearts be cut

From now on,

the deaths will come in a glut

 

Have yourself a deadly little Christmas,

Make the Yule-tide sway,

From now on,

your murders will be blood and spray.

 

Here we are as in olden days,

Happy golden days of gore.

Murdering friends who aren’t dear to us

Gather near to us once more.

 

Through the days

We all will be together,

If the courts allow

Hang a shining noose upon the highest bough.

And have yourself a deadly little Christmas now.

Susi Holliday’s The Deaths of December is a chilling little number just perfect for sliding into an ice cold Christmas stocking. Holliday takes some of our best known Christmas elements and  sets them up as the backdrop for a series of gruesome murders.

Did you hear about the thief who stole an advent calendar? He got 12 months – they say his days are numbered. But when this particular advent calendar is delivered to the police station, no one takes any notice… until they open it to find a real life murder behind every door. Becky Greene, a new D.C. collects the CID mail on her way up to the office. A large envelope with no return address has been sent to “To a Detective who knows what to do.” Inside police find an advent calendar with a deadly purpose. Behind each door is a crime scene type photo from an unsolved murder, and there are four more doors without photos…yet.

D.C. Greene and D.S. Eddie Carmine view this as more than just an elf and safety issue. They’re going to have to spruce up if they want to catch the killer before Christmas. We hear directly from both the murderer and from Carly, a lonely and depressed figure , who sells pottery at Christmas markets.

The police procedural side focuses on Eddie and Becky as they try to work out what the killer is trying to tell them through the advent calendar.

When will this secret Santa strike again and why does Eddie Carmine have the nagging feeling that he should know what the murderer is trying to say?

In this twisty, turny, well wrapped crime novel, the tinsel is tarnishing for both Becky and Eddie as they struggle to work out the reason for these crispy crimes.

But there’s myrhh….both Eddie and Becky have interesting domestic conundrums and their partnership is a good and interesting one. It would be nice to hear more from them at other times of the year.

The Deaths of December is an engaging and interesting read with dark and bloody undertones. Just perfect for your Yuletide gore.

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About Susi Holliday

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Susi Holliday grew up in East Lothian. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham competition. She is the author of three novels in the Banktoun trilogy, Black Wood, Willow Walk and The Damselfly. She is married and lives in London.

You can find out more at www.sjiholliday.com

You can follow Susi on twitter here

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