• The Snow Killer

  • The DI Barton Series, Book 1
  • By: Ross Greenwood
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (3,543 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

‘Fear the north wind. Because no one will hear you scream....’

A family is gunned down in the snow, but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge, and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing - no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.

50 years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather - each time it snows, another person dies. 

As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue....

The first in a new series, Ross Greenwood has written a cracking, crackling crime story with a twist in its tale which will surprise even the most hardened thriller listeners. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

©2019 Ross Greenwood (P)2019 Boldwood Books

Critic Reviews

"Move over Rebus and Morse; a new entry has joined the list of great crime investigators in the form of Detective Inspector John Barton. A rich cast of characters and an explosive plot kept me turning the pages until the final dramatic twist." (Richard Burke, author)

"With The Snow Killer, master of the psychological thriller genre Ross Greenwood once again proves his talent for creating engrossing and gritty novels that draw you right in and won’t let go until you’ve reached the shocking ending." (Caroline Vincent)

"Ross Greenwood doesn’t write clichés. What he has written here is a fast-paced, action-filled puzzle of a story with believable characters and spiced with a lot of humour." (Kath Middleton, author)

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Refreshingly different, well done

Looking forward to the next book in this series. This is a well crafted story. Knowing from the beginning who the murderer is, I wondered if I would like it, but the journey to discovery by DI Barton makes for a very interesting mystery. The entire cast of characters were well fleshed out, this is not Mr. Rogers neighborhood, but still a book that can be heard in polite company.

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Fascinating story and a really fine
narrator are a perfect listen on this windy cold day. Plots and subplots, surprises wirh a wild wrap up at the end. I hope Audible keeps this author's books coming in! Refreshingly different.

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Will leave you shivering!

Expect the unexpected! Strong narration. The story really makes you question the boundaries of good and evil.

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Different but really a great read!

At first I thought it would be a bummer of a book....but then I got pulled in and had to change my mind about it! You think you have it all figured out then from out of somewhere you feel like you have been punched! Could not stop listening, loved this story!!

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I avoided starting this title.

I was worried the story would be mostly about murders or murdering but it was mostly a story. Not too grisly and good plot twist. No annoying parts that cause me to roll my eyes. Thanks Audible for another good free book!

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  • M.
  • 10-17-21

Twists

I enjoyed it. There are lots of twists and turns. Surprising and definately unexpected end.

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I Can't Believe This Book was Free!!

Awesome story with one of the BEST mystery plots I've ever read. My personal opinion: It's on par with Agatha Christie absent the "campiness." I look forward to reading more stories of this caliber by Greenwood!

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I enjoyed it

The Snow Killer wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, it starts out with the killer's narrative, and the way it was written, I thought it was actually going to be about the killer, but later, the detective comes along, and he is actually the main character. It's hard to explain, but I though for quite a while that the killer was the main character, which would have worked, under the circumstances. It was pretty good, worth a read, but it looks like it's a series, and I'm not sure if I will continue with it. The killer was a more compelling character than the detective, maybe I will try one more to see. It was well written, and the narrator did a good job.

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Fluffin fantastic

Another new author for me and now a favourite. Good story and the twist , WOW ! The narrator did a fantastic job and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Adults!

A murder mystery with functioning adults at the center of the detective squad is a rarity - not to mention a main character with a loving marriage and no self-destructive vices. Actual communication occurs between colleagues as well as real management of situations. It was nice not to slog through angst and ennui in addition to the mystery, to just let the story stand on its own - which it does fairly well. What will bring me back, however, are the simply nice and good characters.

The only thing that detracted from the listening experience was the narrator's oddly chipper way of declaring the POV before each chapter. After a while, it made me giggle because it was wildly out of place.

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 11-28-19

Outstanding

This is a quite remarkable story, starting out in the first person with the killer narrating their story which starts in the sixties. I was transfixed from the first five minutes. Once the story switches to the present time it continues in the third person and revolves around DI Barton, his family and his team. Switching back and forth between the two povs effortlessly, I never once lost track of what was happening or when.

The story is a total cracker, David Thorpe outdoes himself with his narration on this one, I loved every minute of this fascinating and bloodthirsty, tale of revenge.

The finale was a total triumph. True, it was a little sad too but overwhelmingly satisfying nonetheless.

I recommend this book 100 %.

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  • Natalie
  • 09-08-20

I don't get all the rave reviews

I don't understand why this book got rave reviews and people giving it 5 🌟 I've read and listened to a lot of crime books and I just couldn't take to this one. I didn't like the way the writer wrote about the killings or maybe it was how the narrator read it but it was as if the killer was enjoying it and not fictionly enjoying it. I didn't like anything about this book and would not recommend it and I did not enjoy the narrator. It was a total let down.

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  • neil
  • 12-07-19

chilling fun!

loved this story. midsummer in the middle of winter I would highly recommend this book

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  • Alice Holden
  • 11-11-20

Struggling with this one

I'm enjoying the story, but the narrator is spoiling it for me - get on with it! Found it very laboured, with excessively long pauses that added nothing to the telling of the story - he might have all day, but I don't. Will carry on for now, as the story is holding my interest, and hopefully I'll develop a tolerance for the narrator.

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  • SandraL
  • 03-09-20

Not for me!

This book started really well and I was sure I was in for an exciting read. Unfortunately the storyline was very slow and I found myself drifting off and having to go back and re-listen. It just didn't hold my attention. I hate to abandon a book before the end but I really struggled to finish this. I usually listen to around 3 audiobooks a week but this one took me a week because I jst wasn't interested.

I also found the narrator quite irritating. All in all not a good experience. Sorry.

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  • Iris
  • 12-31-19

A Very good listen

I enjoyed listening for an odd half hour at first but soon became hooked. The plot was unravelling and I thought I knew who The Snow Killer was. How wrong can you be? With a surprise twist that made me catch my breath. Brilliantly narrated.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 03-03-20

The Snow Killer bowled me over!

What a story! Talk about revenge is a dish best served cold - this was served up in snow and ice. The surviving child in this story just broke my heart, especially the relationship with the sister, Special. It was so tender and loving, it brought a tear to my eye. Even the killing spree seems, well, reasonable. I'm not generally an advocate for vigilante justice but the way Mr Greenwood portrays it in this book, I would have sharpened the knives to help! Moving on to DI Barton; I thought the glimpses into his family life were gorgeous. No tired old cliches here folks. Mr Greenwood presents us with a husband and wife who love and support each other, and who's children are acting appropriately for their age. Hurrah! DI Barton leads his team with compassion and consideration. He sets an example of how to behave towards colleagues and that is what is so excellent here. When you have nasty or crooked police officers, the crimes they investigate don't stand out so much. The juxtaposition of the evil of killing against the innate goodness of Barton, his family and colleagues made for startling effect. Bravo Mr Greenwood. As you near the end of the book, the author creeps up behind you, saws the top of your head off and messes with your brain - don't say I didn't warn you! David Thorpe narrates the whole book with precision and panache. All in all a captivating and compelling listen that I'm awarding a fulsome 5 stars. Don't miss out on The Snow Killer

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  • Teresa evans
  • 12-20-19

The snow killer

Not a bad book it kept me listening. Narration was good not bad at all.

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  • Delia
  • 01-30-20

Brilliant!!

Absolutely gripped by this original take of a serial killer. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • joy
  • 01-20-20

A wonderful twist ending.

A good read with a most surprising ending.
'Didn't see that coming!'
Will be looking for more from this author.

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  • BigNig
  • 11-25-21

Worth a read for anyone who likes a D.I style mystery!!

After seeing mixed reviews I was a little hesitant, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great twists and turns. Excellent descriptions.
It goes to show, take previous reviews with a grain of salt and make your own mind up!!

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  • Petra
  • 09-18-21

Amazing

What a great crime story
Very entertaining
Well spoken
A surprising twist
great ending
Can only recommend

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-21-19

Snow is the best bit of this story

I tried to continue but as the novel went on it got more and more boring. The only character I liked was the killer. Waste of time this was.

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  • Lynnette
  • 07-25-22

Good story but frustrating listen

The storyline was ok but the narration was all wrong. Narrator was too stilted and at times it was like listening to a play. Plenty of red herrings which I guess padded the story out. Can’t say I favoured any of the characters. Only one big reveal near the end. All in all not the best book on the shelf…..

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  • Rebecca W
  • 07-13-22

It had its moments

Not a riveting page turner, however I enjoyed the mystery. I found the narrative too cheerful for a murder mystery but otherwise well performed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-22

A good yarn.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Narration exceptional and easy to listen to. Story not as gripping as some but no complaints. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Not bad, not great

An ok story. Good for a free book. I wouldn't like to have paid for it.
There was a few twists I wasn't expecting, and I few I was.
The conversations of the police didn't ring true and their actions seemed to be based more on the direction of the story and what the reader knew than what the police knew. As in, the flurry of urgent activity on a Sunday which was based on a few "what-ifs" and assumptions and no new evidence.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Boring

Snooozville. Not for me. Can’t go further. Usually like the author. Just not this one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-30-22

New to this author

Really enjoyed the story line and the narration, got me in to the very end

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  • EmTeeEm
  • 05-22-22

The Snow Killer

I was unsure after reading the reviews but I’m glad I listened to this book. I did get to a point where I was, like, come on let’s get on with this; but I persevered and I’m glad I did. Once the twist was revealed I did go ‘where did I miss this and where did I make an assumption; I need to list to this book again’ which shows it was well written and engaged my interest again. I’m glad I took the chance and listened to it because the title of the book didn’t entice me at first.