Santa's Slays

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A Christmas cracker!
Book 2 in the DCI Rose Huntingford series.
Santa has become a serial killer overnight - a mission killer (the hardest to catch), avenging events of many years ago. But what was the trigger?
The squad must also try to trace the mother of an abandoned baby, tragically killed.
Plus, a mad woman is after Rose's head on a platter - a merry Christmas isn't looking likely... More

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Published: Nov. 30, 2011
Words: 79,750
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465788719
About Nell Peters

Hi! My real name is Anne, with a double-barrelled surname, so I use a much shorter pen name, courtesy my parents' Christian names. And no, my dad is not called Nell.
I've always written, in one form or another - I just love it. Because I enjoy writing crime, I went back to uni to read psychology and sociology, hoping to give my plots and characterisation a bit of an edge. I may hold some sort of record for most ancient student on campus.
My protagonist, Rose Huntingford (Double You and sequel Santa's Slays) takes her name from my paternal great grandmother, who was illegitimate, born in a workhouse in 1876. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to imagine how poor she and her mother (Rosa) would have been. But Rose must have been quite a lady - she pulled herself up by the bootstraps and married a rich landowner. That sort of social mobility was very rare indeed for the time. I hope she'd approve of 'my' Rose.
Incidentally, her son (my grandfather, obv.) lied about his age to become a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I - so, I have two acts that are pretty hard to follow. Must try harder...
I live in Norfolk (UK) with my husband, an artist, plus our two youngest boys (of four).
Thanks for dropping by!

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Review by: Gordon Tatler on May 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Again, as with her other books, I couldn't put it down. Such a shame the 'crime' in the story, although often referred to, is never sorted. The ending has a most unexpected twist. Can't wait for book 3 in the series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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