Murder on the Christmas Express by Alexandra BenedictMurder on the Christmas Express by Alexandra Benedict
Narrator: Sophie Roberts
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio UK on November 10, 2022
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mystery
Length: 8 hrs 21 mins
Pages: 351
Format: Audiobook
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Eighteen passengers. Seven stops. One killer.

In the early hours of Christmas Eve, the sleeper train to the Highlands is derailed, along with the festive plans of its travellers. With the train stuck in snow in the middle of nowhere, a killer stalks its carriages, picking off passengers one by one. Those who sleep on the sleeper train may never wake again.

Can former Met detective Roz Parker find the killer before they kill again?

All aboard for . . . Murder on the Christmas Express

It’s the night before Christmas Eve, and the sleeper train to Fort William leaves Euston with a number of passengers on board, including a killer, a stowaway, and former Met detective Roz Parker. The first part of the book introduces us to all the characters. In addition to Roz, we have a widely varied group, including a social media influencer and her boyfriend, a reality tv “star”; four students competing for a place in a quiz team; a couple traveling with their four children; a lawyer; an elderly woman and her son; and of course the train crew. Somewhere after Edinburgh, in heavy snow, the train is derailed, and shortly afterward, one of the passengers is found dead.

I love a good closed-circle mystery, especially one set around Christmas. MurderOne of the people on the train is a killer, that’s clear, especially when there’s a second death. Of course, several of the passengers have secrets, worries, and, in true Murder on the Orient Express fashion, relationships they’d like to keep hidden.

Murder on the Christmas Express is not a light-hearted book. It deals with tough topics: rape, abuse, dangers of childbirth. While it wasn’t the fun seasonal read I was looking for, it was well done.

About Alexandra Benedict

Alexandra Benedict has been a composer, singer-songwriter, actor, and lecturer in crime fiction, and is now an award-winning writer of novels, short stories and scripts. As AK Benedict, she writes high-concept novels, speculative short stories and scripts. Her first novel, the critically-acclaimed THE BEAUTY OF MURDER, was nominated for the eDunnit Award; her short stories have featured in many anthologies; and her audio drama has been shortlisted for multiple awards including the BBC Audio Drama Award 2020, and, twice, for the Scribe Award, winning it in 2019. As Alexandra Benedict, she writes contemporary tributes and takes on Golden Age crime fiction. THE CHRISTMAS MURDER GAME was an Amazon Fiction Bestseller and was long-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Her latest novel, MURDER ON THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS, arrives on November 10th. She lives on the south coast of England.

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