The Santa Killer by Ross Greenwood

4.5 Stars from me

Well it beats me why this isn’t being published in December…

Anyway, following on from the rest of the ‘Killer’ series, The Santa Killer is the latest case for Barton and his team as they find themselves on the tail of a killer who apparently dresses up as santa claus. Which, to be fair, is a pretty good disguise in December!

As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I absolutely adore Barton and his team, and his family with ever patient, warm hearted Holly at the centre. A seat at her Christmas table must be a wonderful event and I find all of the family references so deeply charming.

Ross Greenwood’s ability to make the whole book come to life is incredible, characters have flaws, charisma and bucket loads of charm. They bounce off each other in a realistic way and the normality of the ‘bad guy’ always feels so true.

In The Santa Killer, you would be mistaken if you think you are in for a light hearted tale as there is a determined killer out there who has names on his list for all the wrong reasons.

The ‘Barton Belly’ is back and it is bigger and more opinionated than ever before as Barton re-evaluates his life choices. In fact, he has a big decision to make but which way will the belly lead him?

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


One night less than two weeks before Christmas, a single mother is violently assaulted. It’s a brutal crime at the time of year when there should be goodwill to all. When DI Barton begins his investigation, he’s surprised to find the victim is a woman with nothing to hide and no reason for anyone to hurt her. 

A few days later, the mother of the woman attacked rings the police station. Her granddaughter has drawn a shocking picture. It seems she was looking out of the window when her mother was attacked. And when her grandmother asks the young girl who the person with the weapon is, she whispers two words. 

Bad Santa.

The rumours start spreading, and none of the city’s women feel safe – which one of them will be next?

He’s got a list. It’s quite precise. It won’t matter even if you’re nice. 


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