Book Review December 2017 – The Deaths Of December – Susi Holliday


BLURB: 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 solid four stars for this first venture out of Banktoun for the increasingly impressive Susi (formerly SJI) Holliday. Two London cops (refreshingly, for once no more screwed up than most of us), DC Becky Greene and DS Eddie Carmine, finds themselves investigating a serial killer who’s sent them clues hidden behind the doors of an advent calendar. This means digging into cold cases (which I love) and trying to identify which murder lies behind each door – as well as trying to figure out how he selects each seemingly random victim.
I’m not too fond of Christmas-themed ANYTHING (bah humbug!) But those of a similar Scrooge-like mentality need fear not, as the festivities take a back seat to seeking out a ruthless killer who seems to be taking on his pursuers personally, and ends up a bit too close to home for both of them – as we expect in a serial killer novel.
Carmine and Greene are definitely the stars, but along with their colleagues, I can see definite potential for a series here. Hugely enjoyable, and it’s great to see one of our most talented (and nicest!) new Scottish crime writers spreading her wings. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next – she’s most definitely a writer to watch.

*At time of writing this book was only £1.99 on Kindle. A real cracker of a price (sorry!)

I received a copy of this through TBC Reviewer’s Club, and Mulholland Books. My review is unbiased.