Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

murder-inSummary from Goodreads

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?

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Published by Nosy Crow

My Thoughts

I throughly enjoyed Murder in Midwinter. It is a one sitting read but in that one sitting you will be on the very edge of your seat the whole way through.

Maya is travelling on the tube when she manages to snap a picture of a man aiming a gun at a woman. She is immediately terrified because he has seen her….

A body turns up, the police get involved and Maya is packed off to live with an aunt in the middle of nowhere – with a cousin that hates her. I adored the landscape and when things turn all beautiful and covered in snow then the real danger starts. Trapped in the treacherous hills with a killer hunting her, Maya is on the very edge.

I really enjoyed the characters and particularly enjoyed the interactions with Maya and her family. Maya is a brilliant heroine that readers everywhere will love. She is brave, smart and also kind and good-hearted. I also have to give a shout-out to another hero in the form of an unruly horse, some of those scenes were emotional to say the least.

This story is full of adventure, intrigue and I loved the danger that lurked around each and every corner. The ending was really unexpected and it has been a long time since I’ve been kept guessing right up until the very end of a book. This is most definitely the most perfect wintery read for young sleuths out there.

4/5 Stars!

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