The Party Season – SJI Holliday

It’s the most deadly time of the year…
The festive season is in full swing – parties, mistletoe and Christmas crackers abound.
In a hotel bar, a woman approaches you. Her party dress glitters with sequins.  
What you don’t know is that your life is now in her hands – and now that you’ve met, there’s only one thing that will determine whether you live or die.
Are you a good person? Are you really? . . .

Book Info: Print length: 273 pages. Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton. Publication date: 26 Oct 2023

Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday is the bestselling Scottish author of 11 novels, a novella and many short stories. By day she works in pharmaceuticals. She lives in London (except when she’s in Edinburgh) and she loves to travel the world.

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My Review:

The Party Season is SJI Holliday’s latest crime thriller and whilst I didn’t realise it features the same detectives from her previous book The Deaths of December, this book can absolutely be read as a standalone.

The Party Season is about a female serial killer who is murdering men at their Christmas Office parties held at various hotels around the city. With no apparent link to the victims and without any leads, the police are struggling to stop this femme fatale before she strikes again.

I haven’t read The Deaths of December so I wasn’t familiar with the two police detectives on the case, but the author gives the reader enough backstory and references to their previous case that you don’t feel you are missing anything, with the exception of actually reading the first book, which I have now downloaded.

The Party Season is told through multiple characters points of view which kept me interested throughout. I’m not a particularly festive person and would not normally read a Christmassy book, but as this one features lots of murders, a female serial killer and some brilliant characters I made an exception.

“Yule” be mad to miss this as it’s currently priced at 99p.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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