When the advent calendar is delivered to the police station, no one takes any notice... until they open it to find a murder behind every door. The hunt is on for a serial killer in this thrilling festive crime novel.
'A cracking read. The perfect Christmas gift for crime fans' C. L. Taylor, author of The Lie
'A festive cracker of a crime novel' Cass Green, author of In a Cottage in a Wood
'Dark and satisfying, it is a fine antidote to Christmas cheer' Daily Mail
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.
What Goodreads reviewers are saying about The Deaths of December:
'What a beauty it is, a deeply twisted, festive murder, thriller, mystery with a good psychological twist to it.'
'Christmas books are normally romances so I enjoyed The Deaths of December for the anti Christmas twist. There is something about a killer on the loose when everyone is happy that racks up the tension.'
'The Deaths of December is the perfect festive read for those who like to be curled up in front of the fire with the lights down low ready to be thrilled and chilled in equal measure'
Susi Holliday grew up in East Lothian. A life-long fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham competition. She is the author of three novels in the Banktoun trilogy, Black Wood, Willow Walk and The Damselfly. She is married and lives in London.
A cracking read. The perfect Christmas gift for crime fans — C. L. Taylor
Dark and satisfying, it is a fine antidote to Christmas cheer — Daily Mail
A fun, festive twisted tale that's detonated by a killer midpoint twist I did not see coming. Wrap yourself in a duvet, grab a glass of eggnog and ask: should I answer the door? This book sleighed it. Adds a whole new meaning to Happy Hollidays. — Angela Clarke, author of Follow Me
Perfect Christmas crime fiction — Steve Cavanagh
A great read - pacy, clever and impossible to put down. — Mark Edwards
A brilliant read! — Louise Voss
A pacy, clever, and twisted festive treat with characters who sparkle darkly. I loved this killer Christmas tale! — Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake
Combining excellent characterisation with an utterly gripping plot, Susi Holliday has provided a Christmas gift that will chill you to your bones — Luca Veste
I loved the way Holliday takes some of our most loved Christmas traditions and twists them to suit her nefarious purposes. The Deaths of December is a perfect read for that moment you've kicked out the last of your relatives, the left over turkey has dried up, and your egg-nog has gone sour. — Michael J Malone
With a chilling, highly-original premise and the quality writing we've come to expect from Susi Holliday, The Deaths of December is a festive cracker of a crime novel — Cass Green
A thrilling, twisty festive mystery - it's the most wonderful crime of the year — Mason Cross
Susi Holliday's twisty story about a seasonal serial killer is gripping - a book full of chills and thrills for under the Christmas tree — William Ryan
Creepy, fast-paced, unputdownable, with great characters — Roz Watikins, author of The Devil's Dice
With a serial killer lurking beneath the festive glitter The Deaths of December is the perfect antidote to too much turkey and Christmas pudding. Creepy, tense and twisty-turny as hell. I loved it! — Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead
I loved this book. It's the perfect festive read to curl up with by the Christmas tree - but don't get too relaxed as you won't be able to put it down! — Elodie Harper, author of The Binding Song
The Deaths of December has such a beautifully wrought cast of characters. Perfect Holliday reading. — William Shaw, author of The Birdwatcher
The ultimate slay ride - it'll scare the baubles off your tree! — Mark Hill, author of The Two O'Clock Boy
Visual, atmospheric, full of incident...Susi Holliday has already garnered high praise for her previous titles. This one can only enhance that reputation. — Mystery People