It’s only four days to Christmas and, with snow deep on the ground, festive cheer abounds in the villages and small towns of rural Lancashire. Inspector Steve Carmichael is relishing the thought of a long break at home with his family. Not even the impending arrival of the cantankerous Aunty Audrey can dampen his mood. However, when a respectable woman mysteriously vanishes after boarding a train home, Carmichael’s hopes of a peaceful Christmas are well and truly scuppered. What has happened to Hayley Bell? As Carmichael’s team start to pick their way through the conundrum and delve deeper into the lives of Hayley, her eccentric husband and her so-called friends, it’s clear that all is not what it seems. In this, the sixth in his series of skillfully-crafted detective novels featuring DI Steve Carmichael, the author again demonstrates his mastery of the genre. With an array of captivating characters and a dexterous plot, Ian McFadyen, once more, keeps his readers turning the pages and has them guessing right up to the bitter end.