An engaging mystery.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
The Santa Killer is coming to town…
One night less than two weeks before Christmas, a single mother is violently assaulted. It’s a brutal crime at the time of year when there should be goodwill to all. When DI Barton begins his investigation, he’s surprised to find the victim is a woman with nothing to hide and no reason for anyone to hurt her.
A few days later, the mother of the woman attacked rings the police station. Her granddaughter has drawn a shocking picture. It seems she was looking out of the window when her mother was attacked. And when her grandmother asks the young girl who the person with the weapon is, she whispers two words.
The rumours start spreading, and none of the city’s women feel safe – which one of them will be next?
He’s got a list. It’s quite precise. It won’t matter even if you’re nice.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
There are red herrings aplenty and many suspects in The Santa Killer by Ross Greenwood. As such, the story proved to be an engaging read since it was fun to watch the detectives sift through the evidence and wrack their brains to eliminate the suspects one by one.
I kept guessing till the end who the murderer could be.
The author also gives a glimpse into the working conditions of the police force. They have to comb through the misery of people to nab criminals which take a toll on their mental health.
However, the author also adds a touch of levity to this otherwise grim story by adding snippets of the daily routines of the detectives – their camaraderie with each other and interactions with their family.
I felt that the story dragged in some places. It could have helped if it had been a few pages shorter.
Overall, I enjoyed reading The Santa Killer by Ross Greenwood.
Genre: Mystery Crime Thriller || Published on 12th September 2022 by Boldwood Books
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Many thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Ross Greenwood is the author of crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was most recently a prison officer and so worked every day with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.