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The Christmas Card Murders

The Christmas Card Murders

by Anthony Litton

Endeavour Press

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 25 Dec 2017


The Christmas Card Murders is a solidly written procedural, but it doesn’t have the same tension and excitement as Anthony Litton’s other novels. It is a good, but not exceptional book. The murders are linked to the death of a young mother decades earlier. She was killed in a hit and run at Christmastime and the culprits were never found. While known to the audience, this is not known to Chief Inspector Calderwood and his team who are constantly several steps behind the killer. What they know initially is that people are being killed systematically, the killer leaving a Christmas card nailed to each victim with a successive number of nails. Very little forensic evidence is available so the police flounder. Most of the major discoveries are made by two amateurs who are assisting with local inquiries.

The Christmas Card Murders is a decent procedural, but not one I would go out of my way to find and read. All in all, it was a bit bland.

3 / 5

I received a copy of The Christmas Card Murders from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



A generation ago a young woman was knocked off her bicycle in the snow and left to die alone. Decades later, the murders start...

The first victim is a semi-disabled couple who are brutally ambushed and killed in their home. Others follow, each killing more horrendous than the last…

And in all the attacks, a calling card is left, a final indignity that suggests that revenge and retribution are at the heart of the brutal murders.

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Bulmer, Chief Inspector Robert Calderwood, and their friends and colleagues have a particularly chilling mystery on their hands, and it is up to them to find out the link between the deaths and to stop the killer once and for all – before yet more blood is spilt.

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