Monday, 11 December 2017

Book Review - The Deaths of December by Susi Holliday - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #81

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Title: The Deaths of December
Author: Susi Holliday
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 16th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

Well I do love a good Christmas book, and this was certainly a great Christmas book - but one without the festivities, good will and light heartedness of the season. That is because there is clearly a murderer on the loose. A rather sick minded person who has slipped by for years without being caught. 

But this year, the murderer has upped the ante and rather wants to be caught if the police are smart enough.  

20 cold cases, each represented by a photo behind a door of an advent calendar that is sent to the police.  However is it a prank, or is there really a serial killer on the loose. 

Told from many perspectives including the photographer,  DC Becky Greene, DS Eddie Carmine and Carly we are slowly able to piece together the story, get insights into the mind of a mass murderer and also discover more about the personal lives of the detectives. 

I do love a police procedural and was fascinated in how Becky and Eddie were able to start analysing the data and look for clues. This was rather more involved though just due to the sheer enormity of what they are looking into and the distinct lack of anything obvious to work from. 

This is  a brilliant story that once it captured my attention, I was seemingly oblivious to my surroundings, until I could think of was the book. Carly is a potter, and travels to various craft markets selling her wares, so we did get some festive cheer with the descriptions of Christmas craft markets, but apart from that the book felt like the anti-Christmas with its goings on. 

Watch out for the epilogue, it caught me slightly unawares! 

Thank you to everyone that voted for this fabulous book, really do appreciate it, and always love reading your comments.  Rachel Reads Randomly will be back in January! Just in case I forget to write something a bit later this week have a very merry Christmas! 

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