31 December 2023

The Killer's Christmas List


By Chris Frost


A 2023 Top Rated Read

When a body is discovered at the Angel of the North, DI Tom Stonem investigates. In the dead man's pocket is a child's Christmas list with the first item, 1. No Angel, crossed off. Then, a short time later, another body is found; a woman wearing a red party dress. Tom recalls the second item on the first victim's list: 2. Red partee dress. He's convinced the two murders are connected and realises more deaths are planned. Tom must stay one step ahead if he's to prevent the killer completing his gruesome list.

What a great read this was! Set during the Christmas period, the plot was gripping and intense. DI Tom Stonem was drawn into a cat and mouse situation with a serial killer. With a fast-moving plot and believable characters, I was fully invested. The twist at the end was brilliant; purely because I didn't see it coming. My jaw literally hit the floor! A fantastic novel which I hope will develop into a series. I loved it.     


  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: HarperNorth
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Author: Chris Frost
  • Genre: Crime


In the picturesque village of Kibblesworth, DI Tom Stonem is dreaming of a quiet Christmas alone.

But in the shadow of the Angel of the North, a body lies waiting. The dead man is posed with a child’s Christmas list in his pocket, and the first mysterious item – 1. No angel – is crossed off.

When a second body is found – a woman, stabbed in the abdomen after her work Christmas do – Stonem is convinced there’s a grim connection between the crime scenes and the seemingly innocent list. 2. Red partee dress. Could this be a murderer’s twisted code?

As a blizzard rages in the Tyne & Wear countryside, the body count is snowballing. Can Stonem stop the killer before they get everyone on their Christmas list?

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