The Killer in the Snow by Alex Pine

The first fall of snow can be fatal…

A year has passed since DI James Walker cracked his biggest case yet, and he’s hoping for peace and quiet this festive season.

But across the fells, a local farmer returns home on Christmas Eve to find footsteps in the fresh snow that lead down to his unused basement – and no footsteps leading away. Days later, his body is found, alongside those of his wife and daughter.

Without a neighbour for miles, there are no witnesses and little evidence. And the crime scene has strange echoes of another terrible murder committed at the farmhouse, twenty years earlier…
James knows that to catch this killer, he needs to solve a case that has long since gone cold…

Perfect for fans of smash-hit TV series Whitehouse Farm, Simon McCleave’s The Snowdonia Killings and Catherine Cooper’s The Chalet.

Having thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Killer last year, it was lovely to repeat the tradition with another Christmas police thriller by Alex Pine just in time for Christmas 2021! Obviously Kirby Abbey is not the place to visit when the Yuletide festivities begin as once again death and murder stalks the Cumbrian countryside.

The Killer In the Snow starts well with a farmer coming home to notice footsteps in the snow heading towards the basement that he and his wife never use. No footsteps lead away so he sets off down the stairs to investigate…When the bodies of that farmer plus his wife and daughter are found several days later, the deaths echo a cold case when a similar murder took place at the same property twenty four years previously. DI James Walker is still living in Kirby Abbey with his wife Annie (amazingly after what happened previously!) and when he is called to the farmhouse it’s the start of another complex case to solve for the former London detective.

This is an easy to read and get into crime thriller with a sympathetic main character and an intriguing storyline. The short chapters keep the tension high and although I thought I’d worked out what was going on there was a final little twist in the tale that I hadn’t seen coming. It’s a Christmas book with a difference and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alex Pine is the pseudonym of a bestselling author who has also written books under the names Jaime Raven, James Raven and JP Carter. He was born and raised on a council estate in South London and left school at sixteen. Before long, he embarked on a career in journalism, which took him all over the world – many of the stories he covered were crime-related. He then became a television producer and for a number of years was director of a major UK news division and co-owned a TV production company. He now splits his time between homes in Hampshire and Spain with his wife.

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