An exclusive free edition of this stunning short mystery set in the frozen high Arctic and featuring the most compelling new heroine in crime fiction: ex polar bear hunter Edie Kiglatuk. Also includes the opening chapters of M. J. McGrath's new book The Boy in the Snow.
The shortest day of the year didn’t count for much up on Ellesmere Island. By the time 21 December arrived, the sun hadn’t come up for two months and it would be another two before it managed to scramble over the High Arctic horizon. Objects, animals and even people could disappear during the Great Dark without anyone much noticing. Which was why no one reported Tommy Qataq missing . . .
Christmas is fast approaching on Ellesmere Island, in the vast frozen landscape of the High Arctic, and half Inuit ex polar bear hunter Edie Kiglatuk is drawn into a mystery when a young man dies in suspicious circumstances.
A stunning short mystery with a magical and heart-wrenching twist, Edie Kiglatuk's Christmas is from the CWA Dagger Award nominated author of White Heat and The Boy In the Snow and will be enjoyed by fans of Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg and Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series.
Praise for M. J. McGrath:
'Acknowledged as one of our most gifted younger writers, McGrath’s first thriller - featuring Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk - was the exceptional White Heat, published last year to deserved acclaim. This second confirms just how good this Essex-born writer with a taste for Alaska really is . . . The snow-laden wastes of Alaska are so brilliantly evoked that it almost make you shiver reading it, and the plot is every bit as chilling, laced as it is with politics, sects and modern greed' Daily Mail
‘Encountering Edie Kiglatuk, the toughest, smartest Arctic heroine since Miss Smilla, left me with that rare feeling of privilege you get on meeting extraordinary people in real life. A huge achievement’ Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture
‘Outstanding...This affecting novel should melt even the most frozen human hearts’ Starred Publishers Weekly review
‘A thrilling chiller...This is turning into a series that readers will want to follow with close attention’ Barry Forshaw, Daily Express
‘A chilling read...White Heat most resembles Peter Høeg's 1993 novel, Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow’ Evening Standard
‘Edie is an ingenious and original creation...But the most addictive character is the Arctic itself. It makes a seductive location for a thriller...For those seeking a palate cleanser after the sensationalist high-violence of Stieg Larsson, this compelling tale of ice and intrigue should be high on their list’ Sunday Telegraph
‘The best thing about female-authored thrillers is their ballsy heroines – and White Heat by MJ McGrath is no exception...Dark and atmospheric, it’s an unusual twist on the usual crime novel’ Cosmopolitan