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The Night Before Christmas

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Loved this book, as I have his previous ones too.

Christmas books are always my favourite and this makes a welcome change from the usual romance/cosy festive reads.

I loved the setting and, as usual, loved the characters.

Looking forward to the next.

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Thank you for the opportunity to preview The Night Before Christmas. This is a series and this was my first chance to read this author’s work.
It’s very well written as police procedural books go.
There is some background that I would like to know but it’s ok as a stand alone.
Solid mystery novel. 4 stars

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DI Walker has another unfortunate Christmas, as on Christmas eve 4 men go missing and they have to race to try and find them before the night sets in as the weather is getting worse and they don't know if people could survive being out all night. When a body gets found, but they realise they have been brutally murdered rather than froze to death, they are then up against something that could be far worse than the bad weather.
The story is enjoyable, but I couldn't get into it as much as I would have liked. I felt some parts weren't fast paced enough. I would try the next book but I would hope to find it more gripping.

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This was my first James Walker mystery from Alex Pine & I very much enjoyed the Christmas-murder mystery storyline. There were several references to Walker’s previous cases throughout the book, though it was not imperative you read the previous books in the series first.

Set in a small town outside of London, the fourth installment in this series finds Detective Walker on the tail of another murderer at Christmas, while also trying to balance his home life with his wife & daughter. This time, he also finds himself in the middle of a controversial hunting topic sweeping England, which adds to the complexity of the case.

I will definitely read the previous three books in the series, so I can discover more about Walker’s backstory & make sense of the references to his past. A cozy little mystery to curl up with in the days leading up to Christmas!

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Poor DI James Walker, the man is never going to get a freshly cooked Christmas dinner. It's a good thing that his wife is the understanding type. On Christmas Eve the wife of a local man reports him missing after he fails to return from a hike with three friends but straight away it is obvious that there is more to the story. I thought this story was a bit convoluted, I would have needed a whiteboard like DI Walker's just to keep track of who everyone was and how they were connected to each other. It wasn't a story that really gripped me either and so many of the characters were unpleasant I found it hard to care about any of them. It was an ok story but hopefully next year will find the team dealing with something more exciting.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

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The download date was unfortunately missed, I would be happy to re-review if it became available again. I have awarded stars for the book cover and description as they both appeal to me. I would be more than happy to re-read and review if a download becomes available. If you would like me to re-review please feel free to contact me at thesecretbookreview@gmail.com or via social media The_secret_bookreview (Instagram) or Secret_bookblog (Twitter). Thank you.

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Another great book by this author
The fourth in this series
Hooked from page one
And will keep you guessing till the end
Thanks NetGalley

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What a page turner, great book with a brilliant plot.

Thank you NetGalley for my complimentary copy in return for my honest review.

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Loved the 4th instalment, very easy read.
I guessed pretty early on what had happened, however story development was good and thorough.
Only parts that I find a challenge is the relationship between maim character and his wife. She is portrayed as very delicate and cannot cope with stress, even more so since the arrival of their child. I find this very off-putting and unnecessary for the story. It is prolonging some parts of the story for no need.
Overall though still recommend to others.

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This is my second book I've read by Alex Pine.

I felt frustrated with this book - I really enjoyed the premise but it was obvious who had done it and if the police had done the obvious thing to check with the prior spouse the case would've been solved very quickly rather than being drawn out. I was surprised as it's usually a good procedural series.

Thanks for the arc

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I was really kindly gifted an advanced copy of this book by netgalley.

After reading and really enjoying Alex pines previous 3 novels in the DI James walker series, I was so excited to see him make his return in another wintery edition just in time for Christmas

This story follows DI James walker who on Christmas Eve gets wind that four trail hunters have gone missed amidst an angry snow storm, the race is on to find them all safely before night falls.
When the first body is found not frozen in the snow, but brutally murdered the real hunt truly begins to find the killer responsible.

Unfortunately for me I did find this one to be a little more predictable than previous novels, I had my suspicions on who the killer was before I had hit the half way mark so the element or surprise or shock definitely was a little tainted this time around, which is okay too as it’s inevitable we figure out some of the thriller books we read after consuming the genre for so long.
I did find it a little harder to connect to this version events in comparison to previous, it also meant I felt quite disconnected to the new characters we were introduced too.
It was lovely to catch up with James and see how he was doing but overall this was probably my least favourite in the series so far.
This is not to say I won’t be looking forward to reading more of Alex pines books in the future as they truly do make my Christmas every year,

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Wow! I have loved all this books in this series and this latest addition didn’t disappoint.
The action started straight away and the twists and turns kept me guessing and I was constantly changing my mind on who I thought was responsible, and I’m happy to say I got it wrong again.
These books are fast becoming a favourite series for me.

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Fab story about a crime which seems unsolvable by the team- the team which seem to have real bad luck when it comes to crime at Christmas in Cumbria. Great characters and part of a series but can be read alone

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DI James Walker is on the case again, will he ever find peace at christmas!
Walker investigates the case of four missing trail hunters on christmas eve, the plot thickens when it is discovered that the four are suspected of illegally hunting foxes whilst out on the trails. This stirs up a whole list of suspects locally that may have ill wishes against them. It looks increasingly likely that these hunters will not be found alive and sure enough they begin to turn up dead causing Walker to heighten the investigation and find the killer before they can cause further damage. Excellent read and look forward to the next

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This book was not for me. It was too simple. The language was laughably childish. The thoughts of the main character were that of a 5 year old, not a seasoned detective. The obsessive discourse on fox hunting? So boring. I truly felt this was a procedural written by a child.

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I've never read any in this series or by this author but it was an enjoyable Christmas mystery story. I'll be searching out the others to read.

Id like to thank netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review this book

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I love a Alex Pine book so i was super excited for this one! This is book 4 but can be read as a standalone as they all can! Loved it, a great Christmas thriller!!

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I love this series and this is a good addiction: entertaining, well plotted and gripping
This is a sort of Christmas must read and it's always good to catch up with the characters and discover what new murders will be featured in the book.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I’ve read a few Alex Pine books now and there’s always been something missing - this is definitely my favourite in the DI James Walker series.

I loved the set up of the crime and how quickly we dived into the action. I did guess the murderer quite early on as I did with Pine’s other books in the series but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment!

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Another great addition to this series from Alex Pine. Poor James Walker and his family seem to be doomed at Christmas and this Yuletide is no different. 4 men missing, temsion between fox hunters and hunt saboteurs make up one of Walker’s most stressful Christmas’s yet.

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