Sat on the top of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. They see her watching, she looks away, and the woman disappears. Maya goes to the police, who shrug and send her away. Then a body turns up…
Now convinced she is a vital witness to a crime, the police send Maya into hiding in rural Wales. She resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery. Then the snow comes and no one can get out. But what if someone can still get in?
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Previously reviewed: Saving Sophia
Review: I enjoyed the pacing and excitement of Murder in Midwinter. The story kicks of right from the beginning and that Maya’s thrill-ride never lets up until the conclusion. It is written as a page-turner and I was reluctant to put the book down. (I could have very easily read it in one sitting if over commitments had permitted this.)
Maya also makes a good main character is also good, she’s intelligent and determined. I liked how I got to know her whole family in this book and how Fleur Hitchcock let relationships develop over the course of the story – because families are complicated.
Reading Maya’s story was enjoyable but I did find the conduct of the police a bit odd. (Warning spoiler!) The initial action I understood, but when they know Maya has been found – why was she left there?
Murder in Midwinter is a thrilling read. There is plenty of action and near-miss adventure. Chapters have a tendency to end in such a way that you just have to read the next one.