The Christmas Card Murders (Beldon Magma Mysteries, #4)
A generation ago a young woman was knocked off her bicycle in the snow and left to die alone.Decades later, the murders start. The first victim is a semi-disabled couple who are brutally ambushed and killed in their home. Others follow, each killing more horrendous than the last…And in all the attacks, a calling card is left, a final indignity that suggests that revenge and retribution are at the heart of the brutal murders.With The Christmas Card Murders, newly promoted Detective Inspector Bulmer and Chief Inspector Robert Calderwood and their friends, and sometimes colleagues, Desmond Blaine-Appleby and Gwilym Owen, have a particularly chilling mystery on their hands, and it is up to them to find out the link between the deaths and to stop the killer once and for all – before yet more blood is spilt.

The Christmas Card Murders (Beldon Magma Mysteries, #4) Details

TitleThe Christmas Card Murders (Beldon Magma Mysteries, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 25th, 2017
PublisherEndeavour Press
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Christmas Card Murders (Beldon Magma Mysteries, #4) Review

  • Sarah Joint
    January 1, 1970
    I was in the mood for a darker themed book still involving Christmas that I could finish before the big day, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Fairly short, crisp, and intriguing. I wasn't aware that I was jumping into a series before I started. The characters were hard to keep track of, as there are many. I had to look back quite a bit. I think this one would be best enjoyed read following the three others before it. Because I was a little lost on the characters and their history, I found my I was in the mood for a darker themed book still involving Christmas that I could finish before the big day, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Fairly short, crisp, and intriguing. I wasn't aware that I was jumping into a series before I started. The characters were hard to keep track of, as there are many. I had to look back quite a bit. I think this one would be best enjoyed read following the three others before it. Because I was a little lost on the characters and their history, I found myself paying more attention to the case. It's a doozy! Bleak and intricate but easy to follow, dark enough to make me stop and think. My detective skills failed me with this one, and the ending left me surprised. Recently promoted DI Bulmer and CI Calderwood have a brutal new case on their hands: an older partially disabled couple are found killed in their own home. They're found with Christmas cards... nailed to their heads. After discovering that these aren't the first murders featuring this macabre calling card, they become convinced that they won't be the last, either. Solving this case will involve lots of digging into the past, but most don't want to talk.While I wished for a clearer background on the characters, the strange case and crazy ending made this book for me. 3.5 rounded up to a 4 here. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Endeavour Press, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    The return of DI Bulmer and CI Robert Calderwood are showcased in this British police procedural. They are newly promoted along with their team members to an organization that will handle the most complex of murders.Their first case is quite unique. Even being the Christmas season doesn't stop people from doing the most vile things. The fist victims (that they know of) are a partially disabled older couple who are viciously stabbed to death in their own home. The crowning glory (for the killer) The return of DI Bulmer and CI Robert Calderwood are showcased in this British police procedural. They are newly promoted along with their team members to an organization that will handle the most complex of murders.Their first case is quite unique. Even being the Christmas season doesn't stop people from doing the most vile things. The fist victims (that they know of) are a partially disabled older couple who are viciously stabbed to death in their own home. The crowning glory (for the killer) is leaving a Christmas card for each victim ... nailed to their heads.And these are not the last to be killed in this way.The team works furiously to connect the victims in some way .... without any clues or apparent motives.This was an engaging story. Although 4th in a series, this made a fine stand alone, although I would recommend starting at the very beginning. It's well-written with solid characters. The small twists and turns lead to an unexpected, surprising ending with only a very small cliff hanger.Many thanks to the author / Endeavor Press / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Vintage Science Fiction Month--January The Haunted Reading Room
    January 1, 1970
    Review: THE CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER by Anthony LittonAn engrossing British police procedural wrapped in a quaint village-cosy mystery! Utilizing a scary series of killings which may or may not link to an unsolved fatal accident three decades past, the author also manages contemporary social commentary. I found this mystery a quite intriguing page-turner, with a nearly unstoppable killer, gory murders, and that perfect English village background, with family heritage dating back to pre-Norman conqu Review: THE CHRISTMAS CARD MURDER by Anthony LittonAn engrossing British police procedural wrapped in a quaint village-cosy mystery! Utilizing a scary series of killings which may or may not link to an unsolved fatal accident three decades past, the author also manages contemporary social commentary. I found this mystery a quite intriguing page-turner, with a nearly unstoppable killer, gory murders, and that perfect English village background, with family heritage dating back to pre-Norman conquest, the communities, tiny as they are, a microcosm of human joys and failings.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsDI Robert Calderwood’s promotion has been moved forward. He is now a DCI, but his move to London has been cancelled. He will now be based in Estwich. Likewise, DS Bulmer has been promoted to DI. They, along with their other team members, will head up a new squad that will deal with the most serious of crimes. The first case they are assigned is one of the brutal killings that are taking place. The victims are nailed through the forehead with a Christmas card attached. With little to go on 4 starsDI Robert Calderwood’s promotion has been moved forward. He is now a DCI, but his move to London has been cancelled. He will now be based in Estwich. Likewise, DS Bulmer has been promoted to DI. They, along with their other team members, will head up a new squad that will deal with the most serious of crimes. The first case they are assigned is one of the brutal killings that are taking place. The victims are nailed through the forehead with a Christmas card attached. With little to go on, and no viable leads, Calderwood and Bulmer are in a quandary. This is an exciting, but somewhat cozy read. It is a true police procedural in which the reader gets to see the investigative process at work. It is both well written and plotted. I’ve read some of Anthony Litton before, but this is my first Calderwood and Bulmer novel. I do believe I will be looking into more of them. I want to thank NetGalley and Endeavour Press for forwarding to me a copy of this enjoyable book to read.
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  • Maggies Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    Egads, Christmas time is supposed to be one of wonder, joy, and excitement, not in this story that finds us on the trail of a deranged murderer. Could the death of a young woman who was brutally left on the side of the road to die while out delivering her late Christmas Cards in the rural countryside of Beldon Magma be the reason for all the present day deaths? With a cast of a production company gathering for the holidays, the British police have quite a few suspects to research. Author Anthony Egads, Christmas time is supposed to be one of wonder, joy, and excitement, not in this story that finds us on the trail of a deranged murderer. Could the death of a young woman who was brutally left on the side of the road to die while out delivering her late Christmas Cards in the rural countryside of Beldon Magma be the reason for all the present day deaths? With a cast of a production company gathering for the holidays, the British police have quite a few suspects to research. Author Anthony Little's book is the first one that I have read by him, but it won't be my last. I felt the story was both well structured, with engrossing characters and some quite gruesome methods of murder made this a win-win in my book.
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  • Maggies Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    Egads, Christmas time is supposed to be one of wonder, joy, and excitement, not in this story that finds us on the trail of a deranged murderer. Could the death of a young woman who was brutally left on the side of the road to die while out delivering her late Christmas Cards in the rural countryside of Beldon Magma be the reason for all the present day deaths? With a cast of a production company gathering for the holidays, the British police have quite a few suspects to research. Author Anthony Egads, Christmas time is supposed to be one of wonder, joy, and excitement, not in this story that finds us on the trail of a deranged murderer. Could the death of a young woman who was brutally left on the side of the road to die while out delivering her late Christmas Cards in the rural countryside of Beldon Magma be the reason for all the present day deaths? With a cast of a production company gathering for the holidays, the British police have quite a few suspects to research. Author Anthony Little's book is the first one that I have read by him, but it won't be my last. I felt the story was both well structured, with engrossing characters and some quite gruesome methods of murder made this a win-win in my book.
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  • Bookaholic
    January 1, 1970
    DNF
  • Thebluestbutterfly
    January 1, 1970
    Thankfully, not a gruesome read. The way that Becky died was sad indeed and it is sadder even that things happen like this in real life. I did not like issues of sexuality coming up due to the fact that it was largely NOT brought up until integral to the plot. I also feel a bit that introducing readers to every staff member, and to a lesser extent villager's, backstory could have been done in some less tedious way. I would love to see what the author does if the story is ever reworked a bit...ke Thankfully, not a gruesome read. The way that Becky died was sad indeed and it is sadder even that things happen like this in real life. I did not like issues of sexuality coming up due to the fact that it was largely NOT brought up until integral to the plot. I also feel a bit that introducing readers to every staff member, and to a lesser extent villager's, backstory could have been done in some less tedious way. I would love to see what the author does if the story is ever reworked a bit...keep the telling of what happened to Becky at the beginning and how beloved she was...intro character backgrounds in a smoother manner...have very subtle hints to the conclusion. I will be looking forward to seeing how this author's storytelling grows in the future (I have a feeling that will be most delightful).
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  • Leyla Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This book evolved slowly to a very dramatic conclusion. It was a mystery that kept you reading well into the night. A good mystery without bad language or gratuitous violence, just proves that a good read needs a good storyline, well told which tickles the imagination and the thought processes.
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  • Crittermom
    January 1, 1970
    The Christmas Card Murders is a solidly written procedural, but it doesn’t have the same tension and excitement as Anthony Litton’s other novels. It is a good, but not exceptional book. The murders are linked to the death of a young mother decades earlier. She was killed in a hit and run at Christmastime and the culprits were never found. While known to the audience, this is not known to Chief Inspector Calderwood and his team who are constantly several steps behind the killer. What they know in The Christmas Card Murders is a solidly written procedural, but it doesn’t have the same tension and excitement as Anthony Litton’s other novels. It is a good, but not exceptional book. The murders are linked to the death of a young mother decades earlier. She was killed in a hit and run at Christmastime and the culprits were never found. While known to the audience, this is not known to Chief Inspector Calderwood and his team who are constantly several steps behind the killer. What they know initially is that people are being killed systematically, the killer leaving a Christmas card nailed to each victim with a successive number of nails. Very little forensic evidence is available so the police flounder. Most of the major discoveries are made by two amateurs who are assisting with local inquiries. The Christmas Card Murders is a decent procedural, but not one I would go out of my way to find and read. All in all, it was a bit bland.3 / 5I received a copy of The Christmas Card Murders from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.--Crittermom
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