I am so in love with this series and these characters! I’ve realised that I’ve been a little remiss in the posting of my reviews of them though hence them all appearing a little bit higgledy piggledy and out of order!
DI Barton and his team are the perfect detective squad – Barton himself is tough yet caring and unashamedly loves his family. He is a big ole bear of a man who isn’t afraid of showing that he thinks and cares.
Worryingly, I also quite liked Ellen! I am a sucker for a dysfunctional human and she certainly fit the bill in that regard. Her family background is about as messed up as it gets and even her best friend doesn’t always have Ellen’s best interests at heart.
In spite of all this, Barton as ever treats her with the kindly respect that we know and love. His team are very much involved in this case and it’s fair to say that not all of them share the same good level of basic core ethics…
Any I have to say that I was routing for her! I read this one with great interest and felt very much invested once things started to go wrong and the murder toll increased – rapidly at some points!
Final note… Please do yourself a favour and read these books in order:
1. The Snow Killer
2. The Soul Killer
3. The Ice Killer
4. The Cold Killer
5. The Fire Killer
6. The Santa Killer
Blurb: Winter is coming, and Detective Inspector Barton is facing the toughest case of his career…
Ellen Toole’s therapist told her to forget the past, but with her family story shrouded in secrecy, that’s easier said than done. The approaching long nights of winter loom threateningly in front of her, and with her mother on her death bed, Ellen has never felt more alone. When it becomes clear that her mother has kept secrets about a history darker than Ellen ever imagined, Ellen must find answers about the past if she has any hope for a future.
DI Barton and his team are still recovering from a particularly tough and grisly case, so a report of a kidnapping, followed by the discovery of two dead bodies, is the last thing they need. There’s a murderer on the loose, and the killer needs to be stopped before they strike again. This winter, there will be vengeance on Ellen’s mind, and DI Barton will struggle with his hardest case to date.
How can Barton find the truth, when all the victims and witnesses are dead?