The Ice Killer by Ross Greenwood (Boldwood Books)

Blog Tour for Ross Greenwood’s new book, The Ice Killer.

Published November 5th, 2020 by Boldwood Books.

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I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Ice Killer by Ross Greenwood.


Once, her heart was empty. Now it’s filled with ice…

Ellen’s therapist told her to forget the past, but the life she’s left with is boring. All she wants is to be happy and normal, but the approaching long bleak nights of winter loom heavy before her, especially as she’ll be alone.

But when the secrets her mother put in place to protect her are exposed, Ellen learns the frightening truth. Her history is darker than she imagined. She’s not who she thinks she is, and the real her is a very different person to the one that others have mistreated and exploited.

If there’s hope of a future, Ellen must find answers about the past, and the new Ellen is less forgiving. This winter, there will be more than just discontent, and DI Barton will struggle in his hardest case to date.

How can he find the truth when all the victims and witnesses are dead?


The Ice Killer is the third book in Ross Greenwood’s DI Barton trilogy. Even though it is possible to read this as a standalone novel, I recommend reading book one, The Snow Killer, and book two, The Soul Killer, in the correct order. This will help with understanding the different characters within the investigation team.

Following on from where The Soul Killer ends, DI Barton is now acting as a DCI. This changes the dynamics of the team and allows some of the other characters to take on more significant roles. In this instalment, they face their most difficult case so far.

In the same style as in the previous two novels, the reader follows the viewpoints of Acting DCI Barton and The Ice Killer. We learn more about the personal lives of the detectives as they deal with the twists and turns in the investigation.

Ellen’s point of view is told through a first-person narrative which provides an insight into her motives. It also adds to the tension as the reader is left questioning how Acting DCI Barton and the team are ever going to catch the perpetrator.

This book delves into police procedures and the criminal justice system in a way that highlights how complicated some investigations can be. The Ice Killer certainly does not fit into the category of ‘cosy crime’. It has a hard-hitting plot in which Ross Greenwood explores complex themes that merge together as the investigation races towards the dramatic conclusion.

If you are a fan of the first two books in the trilogy, I recommend reading this final instalment.

Ross Greenwood is the bestselling author of eight crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough.

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This novel was provided free of charge as an Advanced Reader Copy by Boldwood Books, Rachel’s Random Resources and Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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