Ho-ho-ho… and … yeah, some of you who know me are aware that I dislike Christmas with a passion! I always have. I wonder is it because I don’t like to plan and organize things so all this xmas madness is unwanted stress for me? I remember having to write an essay at school (at 19 years old, mind!) because I was late to the religion studies (in fairness, the teacher didn’t like the very pagan me anyway!) and I wrote 3 A4s of why Christmas sucks. No need for me to say, teacher was. not. impressed. at. all! 😉 

But enough about me… Crime readers can rejoice and fill their stocking with a hot off the press book by Susi Holliday“The Deaths of December”

You can find more information about the book at the end of the post because first I am happy to share with you a guest post by Susi- “The Best and Worst of Christmas”. Have a read and let me know in the comments what your ‘best and worst of Christmas” are. 


The Best and Worst of Christmas

by Susi Holliday

Christmas Shopping

Best: It’s so satisfying when you find the perfect gift for someone, and know that when they see it their face will light up (and you’ll be in the good books for a long time afterwards).

Worst: Crowds. Tables full of crap that no-one needs. Finding out the thing your child wants more than anything in the world, ever, is sold out in every on and offline store in the UK (and you’ve left it too late to order it from the US).

Christmas Cards

Best: So many great designs now and loads are on 3-for-2 offers so they don’t have to cost a fortune. You love receiving them and stringing them up on your wall. Happy and festive.

Worst: Why are stamps so flippin’ expensive? You get cards from people you’d decided to stop sending to. You missed the last posting date.


Best: It’s so great to catch up with your siblings and their kids and your aunties and your grandparents, it’s such fun seeing everyone on Christmas Day and having a fun family party.

Worst: Everyone is secretly pissed off because no one is having the Christmas they actually wanted. You remember why you never see your brother for the rest of the year. Your teenage nephew has been sneakily drinking martini all day and has vomited under the tree, where there are still presents for the relatives who are only coming over in the evening.

Christmas Dinner

Best: All that food – all that drink – you can’t wait to eat, drink and be merry before passing out in front of Christmas TV.

Worst: The turkey won’t fit in the over and needs to be sawed into chunks to cook it. Someone forgot to make the trifle. You’ve run out of red wine. Some f**ker has eaten all the After Eights and put the wrappers back in the box.

Christmas TV

Best: Oh, those lovely films that you used to watch as a kid! You can watch them all again, nibbling on twiglets and basking in the glow of the roaring fire.

Worst: Mrs Brown’s Boys.

White Christmas

Best: It’s happening – it’s going to snow on Christmas Day – the kids will love it.

Worst: You slipped on the icy back step and twisted your ankle. It’s 27th December and you’ve run out of milk. You’re snowed in.

Christmas Presents

Best: Wow, your husband really paid attention to all the little hints you’ve been dropping for the last four months. He’ll be rewarded handsomely for this.

Worst: There’s no problem with it having that charity shop smell – there are some great finds to be had if you care to look – but a tatty handbag with a squashed boiled sweet in the inside pocket is not what you’d come to expect from your sister. She’s getting bath salts next year.

35218597It looks like a regular advent calendar.

Until DC Becky Greene starts opening doors…and discovers a crime scene behind almost every one.

The police hope it’s a prank. Because if it isn’t, a murderer has just surfaced – someone who’s been killing for twenty years.

But why now? And why has he sent it to this police station?

As the country relaxes into festive cheer, Greene and DS Eddie Carmine must race against time to catch the killer. Because there are four doors left, and four murders will fill them…

It’s shaping up to be a deadly little Christmas.

The Deaths of December on Goodreads | Amazon UK | USA

Pages Publisher Genre Publication Date
384 (ebook) Mulholland Books

(Hodder & Stoughton)

Mystery/ Crime/ Thriller November 16th, 2017

6541380Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and spent many years working in her family’s newsagent and pub before studying microbiology and statistics at university. She has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for over 16 years, but it was on a 6-month round-the-world-trip that she took with her husband 10 years ago that she rediscovered her passion for writing. Her first novel, BLACK WOOD was published in 2015, the second, WILLOW WALK in June 2016, and the third, THE DAMSELFLY in February 2017. Her next novel THE DEATHS OF DECEMBER (as Susi Holliday) will be out in Nov 2017. You can find out more at www.sjiholliday.com, or on Twitter and Facebook @SJIHolliday.