Review: Christmas is Murder

Title: Christmas is Murder
Author: Val McDermid

An electronic-only release from the Queen of Crime, this little volume consists of two short stories written long before she became a bestselling crime novelist. As the title warns – Christmas is Murder. Especially where families are involved.

As a long-time McDermid fan and a writer myself, I was fascinated to see her earlier writing. There are flashes of her now-slick style and pace, but it’s clear to see she was still finding her way to becoming today’s champion teller of the gory-story.

The two stories are both enjoyably gruesome and have enough surprises to satisfy the reader, with convincing characters and well-realised settings.
A must-read for McDermid completists and heartening to those who appreciate seeing the evolution of her writing style.

Personal read: 4 stars
Reading group read: 5 stars

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