Murder in Midwinter

Murder in Midwinter

Fleur Hitchcock,

Murder in Midwinter

Nosy Crow, 2016

ISBN 9780857636386

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Who Wrote It?

Fleur Hitchcock grew up as the youngest of three children. She spent her smallest years reading Tintin and Batman, and searching for King Alfred’s treasure.

Now she is a parent, gardener and writer of books for 7 – 12 year olds. She lives near Bath, and between parenting and writing, Fleur works with her husband, a toymaker, looks after other people’s gardens and tries to grow vegetables.

What's It About?

Murder in Midwinter is a tense, snowy drama that keeps you guessing until the very last page...

Sat on the top of a bus days before Christmas, Maya sees a couple arguing violently in the middle of a crowded Regent Street. They see her watching, she looks away, and the woman disappears. Maya goes to the police, who shrug and send her away. Then a body turns up... Now convinced she is a vital witness to a crime, the police send Maya into hiding in rural Wales. She resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery. Then the snow comes and no one can get out. But what if someone can still get in?

Fact File

Fleur rides horses and has had various adventures on them. Many times her pony has gone home without her! Once it left her in a field not far away and once her pony sat on a car!

She has worked as a shop assistant, a dinner lady and a curator. She has pulled up more dandelions than a person should and painted hundreds and hundreds of small wooden boats for her husband, who is a toymaker.

Gill Lewis who won Leeds Book Awards last year with Gorilla Dawn was on the same writing course as Fleur!

To find out more about Fleur visit her website http://fleurhitchcock.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter: @FleurHitchcock

Your Reviews

flora from lawns park primary school:

I thought it was creative and amusing.

flora gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jake from kippax greenfields:

A good book for those that are okay with a slow build up to a action packed story. I rated it a three because i didn't like the plot.

Jake gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

James from BEESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:

I loved this book because it has lots of twists and turns and also bullets and fire (which are all good)! I would recommend it to anyone who likes spies and mystery.

James gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Connor from Beeston primary school:

I liked this book because there was a twist but it was a little weird in places. Over all it is good and I would recommend it to anybody over the age of 9.

Connor gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Mimi from Beeston primmary school:

I love this book and at the moment it has been my favourite story to read. I like the style/layout of writing in it. I would recommend this story to anybody who enjoys mystery stories.

Mimi gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jaleel from Holy Rosary and St Anne's:

There was a lot of adventure in this book and at times the tension involved me in the story. At other times, the tension wasn't that strong and I could easily predict what might happen next. I thought that the characters were realistic and expressed their emotions clearly. The story line wasn't strong enough for me.

Jaleel gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Poppy from Beeston Primary School:

I love midwinter but not murder that much! I also liked the layout of the book because it ended on a cliff-hanger. I'd recommend it to people who enjoy mystery books.

Poppy gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Caitlin from Pudsey Waterloo Primary:

At first sight of the blurb,I thought I wouldn't enjoy this book much but when I started reading it, I felt like I couldn't stop reading the story.It had very dramatic scenes which is what made it good;I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery stories!

Caitlin gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Rumaysa from Adel Primary School:

I am in the middle of reading this and already it is sooooo confusing. I do not get it at all, however, I like the mystery in it.

Rumaysa gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jessica from Crossley Street Primary School:

I liked the book a lot because you can't put it down and you never know whats going to happen next. I rated this book 4 stars because i liked it a lot but it wasn't my type of book.

Jessica gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Isobel from Westgate Primary School:

When the bus Maya is on shots outside a festive shop window she has to take a picture for her sister until something creeps into frame; a man with a gun... he sees her taking the picture! Then when a dead body turns up the police send Maya to go live with her aunt in the welsh mountains, but when the snow begins to fall she may not be as safe as first expected.

I really enjoyed this book because it was constantly gripping and really exciting, I didn't even put it down! I thought the book was very well written and I think Fleur Hitchcook wrote a very good book.

Isobel gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

George from Otley All Saints C.E. Primary School:

Best book ever!!!!! IT IS AMAZING!!!!!! I love the ending when it is all happy !!!!! Please make more crime thrillers!!!!

George gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

bobbie from Allerton c.e primary :

I really loved this book. It was definitely my type of book. I would recommend this book to any one who likes crimes.:)

bobbie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Polly from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

From the beginning to the middle of the book it was tense and interesting as well as being intriguing. Near the end there is a massive incident that seemed to go on and on a bit and I kind of got lost. I think this book is in the right category.

Polly gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Edward from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

I thought this book was fantastic but I gave it four stars because I found a mistake on the first line on chapter 7. I was the incorrect use of subjunctive mood/form.

Edward gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Annika from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really liked this book because it was really tense in some places and then it made you think that it was really happening in real life. My favourite character was Ollie because even though he could be mean to Maya, I still felt sort of sorry for him. I really enjoyed this book and wish I could give it 4 and a half!

Annika gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

DAISY from ST BENEDICTS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL :

This is definitely one of my favourite books. I love Samson and how much suspense and tension the characters help build!

DAISY gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

BEN from Roundhay primary campus:

Murder in midwinter is a cracking book.It never had a dull moment.I have read many books but this was in my TOP 15.It was magnificent.The story was exciting. It lived up to its name. There was a twist in the story at the end, but I wont spoil it for you. I

BEN gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

olivia from rounday primary school:

Murder in midwinter is a mysterious and tempting book. It made me feel like I was there overall you should read this book because it is makes you want to read more. If you like mysteries you should read this book. I gave this book a 5 star rating.

olivia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Cerys from Adel Primary School:

This book was full of action and tention,the main character is very brave because she has to go to the countryside and live with a horrible cousin as there is a murderer in her town. This book sounds scary but it is not, it has animals and friendship.I gave it a 4 because sometimes the main character is not doing anything.

Cerys gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Phoebe from Barwick-In-Elmet C of E Primary School:

Such an awesome murder thriller since there hasn't been many books made for children that's got murder and such intensity. This book made me see things clearly in my head , especially when the house was on fire and when the gun shots suddenly start to ring out. I love this book and I can't think of any possible improvements!?

Phoebe gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Sacha from Barwick in Elmet C of E Primary School:

I loved this book it was very intriguing and there was lots of page-turner moments. At the end of the book I found it quite complicated when you found out the truth. When I thought scary moments were going to happen my heart was thumping really quickly. It took quite a while to get back on track of the book one you got complicated. I would happily recommend this book to others in this age category and plus I would read It again so that I could pick up details that I might have not picked up the first time!

Sacha gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Natasha from Alwoodley Primary school:

I really enjoyed this book because it has a lot of action and emotion. I would recommend this book to 10 and above because of the language and dramatic writing.

Natasha gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Declan from Alwoodley Primary school:

I really like this book because it is about murder and you can imagine running away from the murderer

This book is better then max helping and I loved that.πŸ€‘πŸ™€πŸ€“

Declan gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Bavdeep from Alwoodley primary school:

I really really enjoyed reading this book and I think it was probably my favourite Leeds book awards book. It had some very good mystery and it was really fun and enjoyable to read. I liked the setting the characters the brilliantness it was all great. Overall I think this was the best Leeds book awards book out of them all. Good work Fleur. I'd definitely recommend this. It was amazing. Read It!

Bavdeep gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Kaitlin from Allerton Bywater Primary:

Murder In Midwinter is one of my favourite books - Hitchcock made sure you were sat on the edge of your seat during the whole book. I loved all the twists and cliffhangers because they kept me reading and they stopped me putting the book down. My favourite character was Ollie since he's very funny and resilient. At the start, it made me cry a bit after someone gets lost. The story is very descriptive: that's why I rate this book a 5/5

Kaitlin gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Nicol from Crossley Street Primary School:

I do not have much to say...first of all, I'm not the biggest fan of murder books. I could not really 'meet' the character if you know what I mean. There was not much emotion in the book in my opinion. All in all, this book just did not fit my taste or expectations.

Nicol gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Miyu from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

The ending was spectacular. I liked the twist in the story. I can't tell you why in case it spoils it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. It took time to get interesting but when it does, you can't stop reading. I recommend this to people who are interested in murder mysteries.

Miyu gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Miyu from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

The ending was spectacular. I liked the twist in the story. I can't tell you why in case it spoils it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. It took time to get interesting but when it does, you can't stop reading. I recommend this to people who are interested in murder mysteries.

Miyu gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Isabella from Horsforth Featherbank Primary School:

Murder In Midwinter is 100% amazing. Who knew what trouble taking a photo from the top of a bus could bring?

I demand more stories about Maya and her family!

Isabella gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Murad from Harehills Primary School:

I gave this book 2 out of 5 because the moral of the story wasn't interested. I found it boring and uninteresting.

Murad gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Millie from Gildersome primary school:

I think this book has a lot of thought put into it and lots of other children would like to read it. I love the tense atmasphere nearer to the end when we findo out what really happens...

Millie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ewan from Adel Primary:

This book was very exciting and a real page turner. Once I had picked this book up, I could simply not put it down-I read it in two nights. You seriously need to read this. Well done to Fleur Hitchcock!

Ewan gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Sophie from Adel Primary School:

This book was gripping. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end. Although I was not living Maya's life, I felt petrified. The way the book was written made you feel in danger. I followed my mum around all night as I was scared something would happen! This is my favourite book I have read so far in the 9-11 category. I would definitely recommend this book if you get bored halfway through. This book is AMAZING!

Sophie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Naomi from Shire Oak Primary School:

I rate this book 2 out of 5 because it is quit boring and really long i am not saying i don't like reading long books but this was to long.What would make this book for me would to make it more exciting but that's my opinion.I recommend this book for people that love to read and just people that love to read really.

Naomi gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Maleehah from Shire Oak Primary School:

This book is amazing.I like the twist.In some parts it is frightening and some parts it is myseriest.My favourite charectar is Maya...

Maleehah gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Aisha from Harehills Primary School:

I really found the book interesting as it took me on an adventure of mystery and suspense. It had great vocabulary that created images in my mind.

Aisha gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Holly from Pool C of E Primary School:

I love Murder in Midwinter because I like books that are to do with murders and this was a really good one for me and i gave it a four because it got a bit boring in the middle but then I got more into it as i read more of it.

Holly gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Izabella from Pool C of E Primary School:

love it because it has a great story that has a quircky realationship in it and it is akind of book i like

Izabella gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Gabriella from Barwick-in-Elmet C of E Primary School:

Wow! I really did enjoy this book. I love how the story goes up and down over and over again with many twists and turns. It just continues and I feel like with this book you just can't put it down. It really gripped me into the story and I was so sad when I had to leave the book for a couple of hours. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries and a bit of adventure!

Gabriella gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Lily from Green Lane Primary Academy:

I rate five stars for Murder in Midwinter. It is about a girl called Maya who saw a man pull a gun on a woman in Regent Street. It is full of murder, mischief and mystery. I think the book is fantastic and has a lot of cliff hangers which makes the book VERY interesting. I hope it will win the Leeds book Awards. The book is full of description and I love it because of that but also how the characters fit their names and they all are a bit different from one another but they still get along, I also like how Maya, her sister and her dad have a white streak in their hair which makes them stand out. I think others my age will LOVE this book and I hope people other people keep reading this book as it is outstandingly outstanding and great to read. However it would have been better if the fight in Regent Street maybe came on a bit later in the story because when it got into the drama it was quite quick so if it was actually you there you wouldn’t have the time to think about the other things around you and that is what I would have liked in the book. Despite this though the rest if the book is extraordinary.

Lily gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Emily from Thorner CofE primary school:

This book has to be my favorite book out of all of the books. It felt really realistic, and that it could potentially happen in real life. To me this book felt like a roller coaster, with a mixture of emotions, you were never fully sure about anything! This book for me was by far the best, and I hope for it to win!!!

Emily gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Oliver from White Laith Primary School:

I liked this book because it is scary.I like how Peter Romero becomes good and saves Maya by putting her in danger first!

Oliver gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ellie from White Laith Primary School:

I think that the book was okay as at first I did not understand(50 pages).

After I thought it got better. I would recommend this book to people who like action.

Ellie gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Connor from White Laith Primary:

The book was okay and it was a great story line but over all it was a good book.I may read another of Fleur's books though I'm not quite sure if I should. I would recommend it to people who like books with a lot of twists and turns.

Connor gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

aimee from greenhill priamry:

I didn't like this book that much because I couldn`t understand what was happening and I don't like mysterious books so it was quite a bod choice.

aimee gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jasmin from Alwoodley Primary School.:

This book is my new favourite. I have read some of the books and this one is definitely the best. I really enjoyed reading this book as it was so mysterious and every time I put the book down, I always want to carry on reading it. My favourite part was was the beginning because from there it all follows on. There was one part that did make me a bit confused. It started from chapter 24 and since then I didn't understand it but it still is my favourite book ALL TIME.

Jasmin gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Abby from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book and I loved how it hooked you in with the mystery in it but I found that it didn't flow very well and I would of liked it more if it did.

Abby gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Rondek from Ireland Wood Primary School:

I love this book a lot but I think it's quite confusing (for me). I like how the character changed a little after the incident. I would recommend this book for someone who likes adventure and mystery.

Rondek gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jasmine from Alwoodley Primary School :

Murder in Midwinter was the book that I read and it was AMAZING and I loved it. It was a book that flowed and was an easy read to me. You will love this book and I give it a big thumbs up. A MUST READ!!!

Jasmine gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Mimi from Beeston primary school:

I really like this book because it's about murder and I lOVE MURDER in a book and I think it has really effective story line. I would recommend this book to people who like watching the news because it is very much like a story that would be found there.

Mimi gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Poppy from Beeston Primary School:

It's okay, because I like murder and midwinter, but I don't like sad stories and to me, it was a sad story. I would recommend it to people who like watching the news because it is the kind of story that you would see on there.

Poppy gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Marco from Alwoodley Primary Alwoodley:

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Marco gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Molly from Alwoodley Primary School:

I loved this book and it is probably my favourite Leeds book award book so far. It was really interesting and different. I loved the setting and I recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery and drama.

Molly gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Ra'eesah from Alwoodley Primary School :

I enjoyed the book it had great suspense. It was a unique book and my favourite character was Maya and it was a good fast easy read.

Ra'eesah gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Charika from Alwoodley:

I have nearly finished this book however I always find it hard to put it down it always leaves me in suspense and I definitely rate it 5/5. If you are a lover of mysterious and adventurous books then. This is the book for you πŸ“š. It might be one of my favourites so far and you never know it might be yours too.

Charika gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sam from Strawberry fields primary school:

This book is the best thing EVER. This is all about this girl called Maya who thinks that a man called Peter Romero is trying to kill her but actually he is trying to protect her. If I could rate it out of ten then it would be TEN!

Sam gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hanna from Southroyd Primay School:

This book was amazing. I Love the twist in the book. In some parts of the story it was frightening and some parts mysterious. My favourite character was Megan the dog because she was with them in the whole story. Over all I really liked the book and recommend it to other readers.

Hanna gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Hanna from Southroyd Primay School:

This book was amazing. I Love the twist in the book. In some parts of the story it was frightening and some parts mysterious. My favourite character was Megan the dog because she was with them in the whole story. Over all I really liked the book and recommend it to other readers.

Hanna gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Hanna from Southroyd Primay School:

This book was amazing. I Love the twist in the book. In some parts of the story it was frightening and some parts mysterious. My favourite character was Megan the dog because she was with them in the whole story. Over all I really liked the book and recommend it to other readers.

Hanna gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Sophie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Murder in Midwinter is a very exciting, dramatic and enjoyable book. Similarly to Cogheart, this tale was filled to the brim with mystery and secrets and cept my eyes super-glued to the pages! You WILL love this book.There is no doubt about it!

Sophie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ella from Crossley Street Primary School :

I thought Murder in Midwinter was a very good book, even though it was quite sad. It had loads of emotion in the story. Well done Fleur!

Ella gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Connor from Carlton Primary School:

Murder in Midwinter is a spine-tickling book about a murderer called Peter Romero.

He is after her and she has to move to the countryside with her Auntie V (ANONYMOUS FIRST NAME) and her son Ollie. It is a beautifully written book and it is for crime lovers. The reason I rated this book 4 is because when the book was drawing to an end I had a few breakdowns.

Connor gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Martha from Adel Primary School:

I have not quite finished this book yet but so far I love it so much! I love how on every page there is a cliff hanger, at points it is scary but at others it makes me giggle. It's mysterious and emotional. When I read the first word I knew it was for me it hooks you in! If you have not read it then I really recommend it!

Martha gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Dominic from adel primary school:

Murder in midwinter to me is amazing as it is suitable for ks2 ages and older, I recommend this book as it is partially scary/mysterious making it for me like a crime scene well it is in the book. I like the way the author has used good description about the character.

Dominic gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lily from Adel Primary School:

I would definitely recommend this book for people who like adventure and action. This book was full of murders whilst being subtle when introducing them; this book was thrilling and definitely a page turner. It is probably one of my favorites.

Lily gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Joe from Crossley Street Primary School:

Unbelievable. There is no other way to say it. It was all going one way were bullets were everywhere and all hope was lost. Then in some way the author changed it completely.

My favourite character was Megan the dog. She was always there through the hard and good times, she faded in but I thought she was partially helpful to Gethin.

Joe gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Cristina from Shire Oak primary school:

I think this book is very good because it has adventures during all the book.

I also liked that everything is linked together.

I recommend it to everyone who likes adventurous stories.

Cristina gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

George from Southroyd primary school:

A very clever plot,with lots of twists and turns.I would recommend this book to people who like horror and adventure.

George gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Jasmine from Allerton C of E Primary:

I really liked this book because it was full of suspense and very thrilling, I had never read a murder book before. It is written really well however the only problem was I found it hard to put the book down!

Jasmine gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Sophie from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Murder in midwinter is a fiction book written by Fleur Hitchcock. It is about a girl called Maya who took a picture from the top of a London bus. She saw a man pull a gun on a woman on Regent Street but when the flash went off it looked like they wanted to kill her too. After a while the police said she had to move to her aunts, in the Welsh mountains. I like this book because it is full of mystery and drama and it is very interesting. My favourite character is Zahra (Maya’s sister) also my favourite part of the story is when Ollie (Maya’s cousin) and Maya were looking for a painting on Ollie’s laptop.

I really enjoyed this emotional, touching book. I would recommend this book to people over ten. I really think this is an AMAZING book!

Sophie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ally from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Murder in Midwinter is an exciting book for young murder mystery fans about a girl called Maya who is on a bus taking pictures of the beautiful sights covered in snow before she witnesses a man and a woman arguing and they look like they want to kill each other. Then she sees the man has a gun and after the last flash they looks like they want to kill her too but then a body turns up. Soon her mother and father don’t think it’s safe so they send her to her aunt’s house in the welsh mountains. When she gets there she doesn’t like it but after a while she meets a boy called Ollie who also doesn’t like her but they soon make friends. I would rate this book four stars it is a very interesting for fans of murder mystery.

Ally gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Igors from Oakwood Primary Academy School:

I liked it but there's no adventure because she stays in the house most of the time. I liked it anyway and I wanted to give it 3.9.

Igors gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Emily from Rawdon St.Peters:

Murder in Winter is full of twists and turns which means you never know whats going to happen next. The only issue I had is that in some parts it was quite slow and put me off wanting to turn the page. Apart from that... PERFECT.

Emily gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Adam from Crossley St primary school:

I Really enjoyed this book. My favourite character was Maya because she was the main character and was very brave. My least favourite character was the two twins, IShan and Precious because they were going really crazy around the house and liking all the dogs.

Adam gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Aleesha from Harehills Primary School:

This book was full of murder and mystery. It took me on a journey of suspense and adventure. I couldn't put the book DOWN!! It was to good!

Aleesha gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Manya from Allerton C of E Primary:

I rate this book 4 and a half because it was full of suspense and was exciting.

Manya gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Oscar from Crossley Street primary school:

My favourite part of the book is when the police where looking for the murderer and that's why this book got me excited for the rest of the book. It got me worried for Zarha and Maya .

Oscar gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Emma from St Urbans:

I Really enjoyed this book.It was very intriguing and it always made me want to read more!I gave it a five because it was imaginative and realistic.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventures but if you don't you will still really enjoy it.

Emma gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lucy from Southroyd:

This book was great I really enjoyed even though there was a few scary parts in it. Excellent story line.

Lucy gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Hannah from Alwoodley Primary School :

I love this book it's such a cliffhanger . Read it ,it's so good.

If you love mystery it definitely for you.10 and over

Hannah gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Amelia from Alwoodley Primary School:

An amazing book about mystery and murder when Maya is on the run and is hiding from a killer when she takes a picture from the bus and trouble comes her way ... I recommend this book to over 9 year olds and onwards. Well done Fleur Hitchcock.

Amelia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Arina from Alwoodley Primary school:

I love this book!!!!!It's full of mystery and excitement that makes the book really AWESOME! My favourite character was maya because she is so enthusiastic and really wants to know more ,like me. I would give this book definitely 5 of 5. It could be one of my best books I've ever read!

Arina gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ayesha from Alwoodley Primary school :

I love this book it's definitely a must have. My favourite character was Zahra because she was always supporting Maya my favourite part was when Maya said Zahra only liked nail polish and ice skating. I found the end quite confusing as I think it was going a bit fast. Apart from that I think it's an absolutely amazing book.

Ayesha gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Olive-May from Beeston Primary :

At first, the book took a slow start, but after it got moving wonderful, cleverly plotted twists and surprises were lying in wait around every page. An incident along a crowded street turned you against a red-headed character. Having to take refuge, unexpected visits turn into murderous schemes. A tragic ending to Auntie Vs hospitality. A huge plot twist gives the story credit and tops it like icing on the cake. I had butterflies turning over every page, I literally crossed my fingers for their safety. Such a cleverly, produced book!!

Olive-May gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Chanelle from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

There were parts of this book I enjoyed, especially when there was lots of action and tension. A character saw something she shouldn't have seen and it led to her having to move away. What I didn't like about the book was the repetition. The same line was repeated a lot and it became boring.

Chanelle gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lucy from Alwoodley Primary School:

I loved this book and I thought it was amazing. It is like a rollercoaster of emotions, and I just couldn't take my eyes off it. I definitely recommend this book, therefore I give it 5 stars!

Lucy gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

liana from beeston primary school :

The reason I gave this book a 5 out of 5 is because of the language used in the book and when something drastic happened I felt like it was happening to me personally. I love the characters in it because they were really interesting and relatable. I would recommend this book to someone aged between 10 and 14 because I think that age of people they would like it so thank you Fleur Hitchcock, it was a pleasure reading your book .

liana gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Michelle from Holy Rosary & St Annes :

I found this book very difficult to understand at the beginning because everything was muddled up. The action was moving too quickly from scene to scene.However at the end it became touching.When a character had to make a difficult decision at the end,it broke my heart.

Michelle gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sara from Alwoodley Primary School:

Murder in Midwinter was an exciting, fast-paced book that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved reading it! All of the characters, from Ollie to Maya, were unique and I loved them all. This book had an unexpected story plot with lots of twists and turns, leaving me at amazing cliffhangers after every chapter. Murder in Midwinter has been a exciting, action-packed book and has made it to my long list of favourite books! Well done Fleur Hitchcock!

Sara gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Freddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

Murder in midwinter is an intense book which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I didn't give it a 5 because something about it made it seem a bit girly however it is full of action which I really like.My favourite part is when she gets chased. Overall this was a great book

Freddie gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ellen from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really like this gripping book! It was really good. My favourite character is Maya because she is determined to solve the mystery. I think it would be cool if it was made into a computer game. I like the scenes in this book. There are lots of exciting parts. This is my favourite Leeds Book Awards book so far. Well done Fleur Hitchcock!

Ellen gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Zoe from Crossley Street Primary School:

I really enjoyed reading it.I liked the thrill and adventure of the book.My favorite character was Maya because she was very brave when she thought she was being followed by a murder.

Zoe gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Abigail from Crossley Street Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book. My favorite character is Ollie because he loves horses and likes to fix things.

Abigail gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jay from Colton primary School:

This book is outstanding! The mysteries and problems just keep coming.The book grips you in so much so when you start you can't stop reading it. I prefer this book to Max Helsing because there are alot of the same monsters in Max Helsing, whereas in Murder in Midwinter in the last 33 pages there are 2 twists that made my mouth drop open.This is nearly my favourite book

Jay gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Lydia from St Matthews C of E Primary School:

I really like Murder stories,Murder in Midwinter is definitely in my top three.Maya, the main character,is extremely anxious about small things but by the end she gets better at dealing with her feelings.I really recomend this book, any age could read it(if they dare!!)

Lydia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

olivia from horseforth st magarets:

I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting and I would like to read another one of her books.This book had a lot of drama in it,it was exciting and I didn't know what was going to happen next. It was compelling, I just wanted to read more. I would definitly recommend this book to my friends.

olivia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jonathan from St.Margaret's :

This book is very enjoyable and I liked it A lot. I would defiantly recommend this book

Jonathan gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Lilia from St Margarets:

Murder in midwinter is an interesting, mysterious and absolutely fabulous book. I really enjoyed the dramatic storyline and the adventurous characters and every chapter persuaded me to read on and on.I definateley would recommend this book and hope whoever reads it next enjoys it.:)

Lilia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Lily from ST. Margarets:

It was a slow start, but once I read a little more, it it was a great book

Lily gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Isobel from Great Preston C of E Primary:

A girl and a picture she should not have taken.Chased by murderers and a horrible truth.Maya will have to gain trust with her rude cousin and ride and face her fears ,horses.

This is a blood curdling book and you have to think to understand it.I would recommend it to strong readers.

Don't read this under the covers at night or you will get a murderous fright.

Isobel gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Scott from Great Preston C of E primary School:

I did not like Murder in Midwinter much.It was a good book but it wasn't my type of book because I like more fantasy stories but this was a bit to realistic for me. This was an adventourous book and I liked that she was running from a murderer.Well done Fleur Hitchcock!

Scott gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Sophia from Great Preston C of E Primary:

I didn't really like this book although it was a first person.And every time I read it it was a bit boring to be honest. It was very confusing as at one point a bad thing happend to Maya and some people set their house on fire and when the barn sets on fire I didn't t get what was on fire. And the tension was too much and I wish Fleur didn't take it to an extreme level.Never the less it is an good book but with some changes it will be better. But well done Fleur!

Sophia gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Poppy from Carlton Primary school:

Murder in Midwinter starts the action at the very beginning unlike the others although it is still very good.Ollie was mean at so i did not like him at the beginning but he soon changed his personality and became my favorite character. This book is AWESOME!

Poppy gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Amy from Pudsey Waterloo Primary School:

I liked this book a little bit as I thought the plot was very good but I think that it went a little bit fast. I really liked it at the end when something happened you didn't think would. I liked all the characters and their personality but I think that there could of been more to it

Amy gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Elizabeth from Carlton Primary School:

Murder in Midwinter is an exciting book where there is a turn around every corner. My favorite character is Zarah because she is sweet and has a twin just like me. This Murder book stands out from the rest because of it's amazing story line and real emotions. I loved the book because the drama that starts straight away and never ends. I can imagine every detail and every deepened moment in my head, its just like being in a cinema!

Elizabeth gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Maria from Harehills Primary School:

The book had lots of tension and fear. It took my imagination to places that caused me to shiver. Highly recommend this book.

Maria gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Arazo from Alwoodley Primary School:

I liked this book it was all about mystery, which I like. Also, Murder In Midwinter is a book that's about a girls life who suddenly goes totally wrong when her phones flash goes off. My favorite character in this book is Maya because she's kinda enthusiastic and she's always on the run. I would recommend this book to people who like short chapters. I rated this book 4 because at some places it jumped to another thing really quick but otherwise I liked this book.

Arazo gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Molly from Raynville primary school:

This book gets very exciting in the end and my favourite character is Zahra because she is very kind especially when ..............

Molly gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Noah from Shire Oak Primary School:

MURDER IN MIDWINTER

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was a confusing but an exciting book to read as it was scary(a bit) as well as the other things that I just said. Both ways I loved the book and I think anyone from the age 9-13 would find this book hard but enjoyable to read as I said it gets confusing.

Noah gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

lewis from shire oak primary school:

I really enjoyed Murder in Midwinter because its exciting and enjoyable . Its quite scary at times and a bit confusing.I would recommend it for ages 9-12 because as I said it can be quiet scary.

lewis gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Nina from Colton Primary:

I loved this book it was full of adventure and surspence

Nina gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Hannah from Colton Primary School:

Wow so gripping! I love a good murder story. This leads you to the end, this book has a twist in the tale right at the end. Maya must be brave but leaving to go from London to Wales is just, I cant think for words, it isn't violent, well just a bit, with the gun. It makes me feel older just with the murder story. Amazing! Imagine if there was a sequel to this story. Peter Romeo just changed my views coming in right at the end and telling them what really happened on that day when she took a picture from the bus.

Kids under 9 should not read this book. Other than that this is fantastic. I read it non stop

Hannah gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Mae from Oakwood primary academy:

I loved this book because I just love murder mysteries! I particularly liked this one because of the plot twist! I rated this book 4 out of 5 because of the fact that it is a MURDER mystery.

Mae gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Isabel from Shire Oak Primary School:

I loved this book because it was unpredictable and exciting. It was a great book about a girl-Maya- that had a white streak in her hair which means she can easily be recognized.When her sister is kidnapped she is sent away to live with her aunt where they think shes safe when shes not. This is a tale of wits and determination That i would definitely recommend to any one aged 9-12

Isabel gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Felix from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

i loved this book about the mystery and how Maya is on the run.

Felix gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Khadesja and Scott from Great Preston C of E Primary School:

We did not like this book very much

Khadesja and Scott gave Murder in Midwinter 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Tom from Great Preston c of e primary school:

Lately,I have read this book and loved it.This has made me think again about crime thrillers!. Say hello to Maya one ordinary girl who's life is about to change... drastically.she takes a photo and see's something suspicious. I would rate this 5/5 and this would be for 10-12 thank you for listening.

Tom gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Sophia and Ella-may from Great Preston C of E primary:

We really enjoyed this book because every time you read some of it, it left you over the edge thinking: What will happen next?

We also enjoyed it as it builds up tension and suspense and just when you think everything is ok BAM! Something bad happens.

We rate this book 4 out of 5 and the one problem is you can't put it down.

Sophia and Ella-may gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ben from Gildersome Primary School:

It was a great book and I just love books about mystery and murder it's gives me quite the entertainment.13year old Maya comes across a man with a gun and takes a picture but then it's bad news!How could just a few flashes of a phone lead to such horrible events?First losing family then much worse!I would like to ask the author if they had anyone to inspire her in her career of being a writer.Overall it was a great book and I had lots of fun reading it!I would recommend people who like mystery to read this book by Fleur Hitchcock she's a fabulous author!

Ben gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Josey from St.Matthews CofE primary:

I really enjoyed this book! I defiantly recommend to boys or girls. it was gripping and as soon as I got the book I did not want to put it down, the plot twist at the end was very unexpected but it was defiantly worth the read. It has been one of my favourite books so far! I will defiantly look out for some more of Fleur Hitchcock's books!

Josey gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Esme from Carlton Primary School:

Murder In Midwinter

Murder In Midwinter is a book filed with crime, romance and spies. When Maya is taking pictures of the beautiful Christmas lights she accidently sees a couple who look like they want to kill each other! When a murder is in the town the police said that Maya had to stay with her Aunt V and her cousin Ollie. Maya is distraught when she has to leave her sister Zahra. My favourite characters are Ollie, Maya and Sampson.

Esme gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Megan from Kippax green field primary school:

Murder in mid winter is a very good book and that's why I gave it a 5/5.This book is very mysterious and always keeps you hooked in, you never know what's going to happen next.Murder in mid winter has a lot of twists and turns and that's why I love it.I recommend it to people that like books with cliff hangers where ever you stop in the book.

Megan gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Rhona from Rawdon ST. Peters:

I absolutely loved this book and definitely recommend it. It was really exciting to read and lots of brilliant twists to it and just when you think everything is going okay, something happens. This was one of my favourite books and I would read it again.

Rhona gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Melita from Shire Oak:

I think this book has an interesting story line to it. It is riveting to read and as you go on, you realise that around every page you turn, it has some sort of a upsetting or joyful moment in the page. I can't wait until I can read Cogheart and find out what moments will be cast in the book.

Melita gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Arzoo from Harehills Primary School:

By the illustrations it looked fascinating. It was a book that lead to murder and mystery.

Arzoo gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Victor from Victoria Primary Academy:

I think this book was amazing because it had adventure and crime and that's amazing for because I love both of them and it very creative and I wont change a thing. this book is the best

Victor gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

katie from westgate primary school:

Murder in midwinter is for girls or boys and it is overflowing with emotions and at one point it made me cry and sob.

I would fully recommend it to 9-11 readers so i give it a 5/5 hope you read it.

katie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Grace from Pudsey Southroyd:

I liked this book and it was good but it scared me a little bit.

Grace gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

erin from southroyd:

I have given this book a five because it is really intriguing and has a lot of unexpected twists eventhough I wouldn't normaly choose this type of I now will explore fleur hitchcocks books

erin gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Niamh from Waterloo Primary :

I really liked this book and i would recomend this book to other

children.Also this is my favourite book so far and i really liked the plot twist at the end of the chapter.

Niamh gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Evie from St Matthews C of E primary school:

Murder in midwinter is a good book but not my type. The author did a great job.

Evie gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

lily from greenhill primary:

a brilliant book the characters are so brave.

lily gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Molly from Beeston Primary:

Murder in midwinter was such a good book. Definitely worth 5 stars. I finished 2 days before the deadline and couldn't wait to read the sequel(if there is one). It is full of suspense and cliff-hangers. this murder mystery is a must-read. There is always a good part on every page. A perfect ending that will make you realise how good the book actually is. I think I relate to the main character a lot because of her personality.

Molly gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lauren from Beeston primary:

This is an amazing book. There is always something good or bad just around the corner and always a surprise or suspense. This winter murder mystery makes you want to read on and wish there was more at the end!

Lauren gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Teija from Alwoodley Primary School:

I kind of liked this book but at the beginning some parts weren't very interesting until a got close to the end.My favourite parts of the book was at the beginning when they were texting in slang.At some points of the book I actually thought the I actually witnessed it.I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading mystery, adventure and crime stories.

Teija gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Beth from Alwoodley Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book and think it builds suspense making me want to read it all in one go. In the middle I found it a little bit confusing but at the end,when it was all explained, I found it all came together. This book is one of the best I've read with a very good twist at the end.I definitely recommend this book to everyone who likes mystery and adventure.

Beth gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Maddy from Alwoodley primary school:

I tend to stick to books by well known authors eg. David Walliams or Roald Dahl but this story made me want to read more books outside my comfort zone like this one.Im going to try read more of Fleur Hitchcock's because I think that she is a very talented author and I would really like to read her book Saving Sophia as it looks really fun and exciting. I would recommend this book for people who like mystery as it is a Very mysterious book . I think that the age suitable for this book is 10 as it might be quite confusing for ages under that.

Maddy gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Grace from Alwoodley Primary School:

I absolutely loved this book. This book is full of adventure and mystery. At one point of the book it got so scary, I felt as if I was actuallly in the book and was Wittnessing the entire thing. This book is about a young girl called Maya, who was casually on the normal bus when she spots a tall, thin man with a gun pointed at a woman. They both looked very angry. Unfortunately, Maya's camera flashed and the two people spot her both looking even angrier than ever. The police think it best that she goes and live somewhere remote and far away. Although, out of the blue something terrible happens just before she leaves. What will happen next well you will just have to read this book and find out.I definitely recommended this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery and crime.

Grace gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Eliza from Otley All Saints:

This is an incredible book full of tension, crime and suspense. I had high expectations for this book. But I did not expect it to be this good.

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I love drama (in a book), and I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much. I recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, drama and tension.

Eliza gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Jazz from ST Margaret's c of e primary school Horsforth :

This book in three words: dramatic, incredible and completely surprising!

Jazz gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Stefania from Victoria Primary Academy:

I liked the book however the blurb gave to much of it away so I wasn't surprised. I love crime and adventure so it made me read on. It also had a lot of twists so at one point I thought differently. Over all I gave it a 3/5.

Stefania gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Fatima from Victoria Primary Academy :

I liked this book because in the starting bit it was a little bit excited but at the ending bit is getting boring.

Fatima gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Callum from Victoria Primary Academy:

If you enjoy puzzles and short book I would recommend this book for you. I rate this book a 3 because the scene and drama was excellent! The twists and turns were all unexpected but it just wasn't for me. I am looking forward to reading more books in the future. :-)

Callum gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Alicia from Victoria Primary Academy:

I really didn't like this book it because I am not in to murder books, I like adventure books. I would recommend this book to people who like murder and mystery books, I think this book would be for 11 to 14 because e it is a bit dark for 9 to 11.

Alicia gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

chevelle from victoria primary academy:

I liked this book much better than Cogheart, because at the start is was getting boring and then good again. At the end I realised what it was all about and that made me know that's why is was like that. I rated a 3 out of 5 because of the boring parts I would of rated it higher if it had more description about the snow blizzard.

chevelle gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Alex from Victoria Primary Academy:

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Callum from Victoria Primary Academy:

This book wasn't as good as Cogheart but I would recommend it to older people.

Callum gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Evie from Victoria Primary Academy:

I didn't really like this book as it wasn't for me and I couldn't get into it. The sentences are very short and don't get fully descriptive until the end. I would recommend this to people who like a mystery story but didn't think it was for 9-11 years as it was quite simple. I would give this a 2 stars.

Evie gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Macy from Victoria Primary Academy :

I really didn't like this book because I just couldn't get in to it. I didn't want to read on like I did with cogheart but I would recommend it to people who love a bit of each genre. It wasn't for me and I don't think its for 9-11 year olds, more for 7-9 year olds. So overall I gave this book a 2 out of 5.

Macy gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Joshua from st. benedicts:

this book was... AMAZING! I rated this 5 out of 5 because this book is probably the best book I have read so far I would buy this book and read it again

Joshua gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Kyrah from St.Benedicts Catholic Primary School:

I am rating this book a five because it was amazing. I loved the fact that there was always something going on and even though at some parts it was confusing the author managed to some how manipulate the words to make the book make sense. I would recommend this book for people who love adventures. thanks fleur hitchcock

Kyrah gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Ellida from st matthews c of e primary school:

it is amazing and always has a new twist

Ellida gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Tom from otley all saints C of E primary school:

Brilliant . I enjoyed it right the way through there are twists all through the book it is amaizing so good that i read it 3 times! It is full of suspence. And DANGER!

Tom gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Arthur from Otley All Saints:

This was a really great book!!It is also Got loads of suspense a great setting , awesome characters and a great twist !!That is why I rate it 5 out of 5!!

Arthur gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

solomon from Otley all saints:

This was a gripping book full of suspense and twists,I loved the rural setting and the variation of characters personality .I couldn't put it down.A great read! 5/5

solomon gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Samuel from Carlton Primary School:

I think that Murder in Midwinter is a cracking book because it is exciting and action packed. It has a twist around every corner. The question is where did Peter Romero get his rifle(will you find out the answer to this).It is an amazing book and I think that everyone should read it.

Samuel gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Olivia from Carlton Primary School:

Murder in midwinter is an amazing book full of tension, crime, adventure. This book is about a girl called Mae who lives in London with her Mum, Dad, sister Zahra, her granddad and her little sisters called Precious and Ishan. This book is about when Mae saw something mysterious happening on Regent Street. I highly recommend this book to people who like books filled with mystery.

Olivia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

sabriya from Kirkstall St Stephens C of E:

This book is amazing. When I start reading it is so intriguing I just can't stop. With all the mysteries you always want to know what happens next but at the same time you want to keep it a mystery so when you read it the wonders in my head can be finally answered. In my opinion I believe Fleur Hitchcock is a fantastic author.

sabriya gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Emma from Green Lane Primary Academy:

The reason why I liked this book is because I like books with mystery endings and cliffhangers. My favourite character was a boy named Ollie who is Maya's cousin, I liked him because he is like me and looses his temper quite easily. All of the characters felt real to me and even though there were no pictures in the book, I could picture the scene around me. I started to guess what was going to happen next every time there was a new chapter. My favourite part of the book was the murder because it kept me wondering about what was going to happen to Maya. I liked the scene where Maya and Ollie have to escape from a fire and make their way down a mountain to go to a village which is three miles away in a blizzard. That scene felt really real to me. The book was quite funny at times because the twins were running around in their nappies at various times. I did not dislike anything about Murder in Midwinter.

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I absolutely LOVE this book and would certainly recommend this book to my best friend Lily because she likes adventure and cliffhangers. I rate this book 5 out of 5 and would keep it in the 9-11 category.

Emma gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Brooke from shire oak primary school:

I think the book was good but I wouldn't give it a 5 out of 5. I think the book was adventurous and sad because Maya's sister Zarah goes missing and that's what made me sad. I liked all of the book.

Brooke gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Brooke from shire oak primary school:

I think murder in midwinter was good but I Wouldn't give it a 5 out of 5 i think the book was

Brooke gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Phoebe from Shire Oak:

I enjoyed this book and I will recommend this book for people who enjoy thriller horror and tense stories.This story was sad but eventually turned happy.I mostly enjoyed this book because I felt sorry for the characters especially Maya and Zara.

Phoebe gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Fatima from Harehills primary school:

It is a very good book and I recommend this book to other children. It was the best book I had ever read it was thrilling and exiting book.

The author used adjectives and short sentences that created suspense and drama.

Fatima gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Maddie from Alwoodley Primary School:

I would say Murder in Midwinter is a mystery/action and adventure story and would recommend it for children over the age of 7 or 8 because of the twisting and sometimes confusing plot. It has a gripping and gut-wrenching storyline, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. There are a lot of interesting characters, including Maya and her cousin. The author, Fleur Hitchcock, includes cliff-hangers and short sentences to create tension, and, all in all, it's a very well-written story.

Maddie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Lydia from Oakwood primary Academy:

murder in midwinter was a good book a thought some of the parts I did not understand but I do recommend you read murder in midwinter. I would like to read more of Fleur Hitchocks books.

Lydia gave Murder in Midwinter 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Phoebe from Gildersome primary school :

I liked it a lot it was scary at times it also was a bit strange but it didn't stop me from loving it.I would like to ask the author why she wrote this style of book and if th rest of her books are like that one.I would recommend this book to anyone who's over 8 or 9 because younger readers might not understand it

Phoebe gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Daniel from St Roberts catholic primary school:

Murder in Midwinter is one of the best mystery stories i have ever read {but i have only read about 3} you never know what is going to happen next. I recommend this book for 9-10 year olds: it is quite an easy read. i would recommend this to my friends.

Daniel gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Sarah Imane from Ebor Gardens Primery Academy :

This is the greateat book of all time. I just can't explain it in words the plot is amazing everything is amazing you a t point out the problem about the book I would love to see another book like this on but for now it's unic.

Sarah Imane gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

ETASH from EBOR GARDENS PRIMARY ACADEMY:

THE book is AMAZING, IT HAS SUSPENSE AND ALSO MYSTERY AND ITS KIND OF HORROR, THIS IS THE BEST SUSPENSE BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. It makes you waNT TO READ MORE. EVEN THE WORDS CANT DESCRIBE THE BOOK IT IS JUST AMAZING, SPECTACULAR AND CREATES A IMAGE IN THE READER'S MIND. JUST READ THIS BOOK YOU WILL FIND IT AMAZING.

ETASH gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jack from Thorner C of E Primary School:

Murder in Midwinter is a slightly better than average book. It is well written but a bit strange. The way the story totally changes is unexpected and I am not sure I like it. It has a gripping start and a descriptive middle but the end is a bit bizarre. The character Maya is strong with her sister and is totally spooked by some events in the novel. The title is not really linked to the book so I was a bit confused.

Jack gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Shanice from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy :

I absolutely enjoyed this book. I just can't explain it in words. The plot fits in together with the descriptions. I also love the fact that ......the author was trying to get a new twist.

Shanice gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Lily from Gildersome Primary School:

This book tells the story of a protected witness who has to leave her family because she takes a photo of a couple who look like they are about to kill each other. When she looks at the photos the man is holding a gun and the next day a body is found.

I loved the book because the characters came to life, you could feel if they were scared even if they didn’t say so. Also, the story pulled twists, making you rethink what you already know. In parts of the book the author made vivid images in my head of the setting around the characters.

Parts of this book got a bit complicated for my liking, with a couple too many characters. You have to properly concentrate while reading this book.

I would recommend this book to older readers for the reason younger readers may not understand everything that is written.

Lily gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Daisy from Kippax greenfield primary school:

I really enjoyed "murder in mid winter" beacause it is a very good murder mystery book, and it really got me intrigued.I wanted to read it all the time, I really think you should read it!

Daisy gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ella from Calverley CofE primary school:

I think that this book was amazing.I was intrigued instantly and could not put the book down.I would highly recommended this book to other readers since it is a fantastic mystery story.I could give many reasons why I loved this book, but not many about why I didn't.I absolutely loved this book and it was a great book to add to the Leeds book awards shortlist.I hope everyone else that reads this book enjoyed it as much as I did.

Ella gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

James from Calverley CE Primary School:

An enthralling plot with death, adventure and mystery. This is a great, fast-paced crime novel that I would definitely read again and would recommend for anyone. An great twist at the end. A true masterpiece - I loved it!

James gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Caitlin from Beeston Primary School:

I think that this is a great novel to read. I love this book, because it contains lots of suspense throughout. When I had to chooses which book I wanted to read, this book stood out from the rest. The title of this book was a bit confusing, since it isn't really based on the title, but I understand why it is called what it is. This is an excellent book.

Caitlin gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Keira from Beeston Primary School:

This is a spine-chilling book, filled with drama, suspense and mystery. I was drawn to this by the title as it is so bold on the cover. it looked like an amazing book and I clearly wasn't wrong. I loved that every time the characters felt safe something dangerous, dramatic and frightening would happen. My favourite part was when there was a twist at the end.

Keira gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Keira from Beeston Primary School:

This is a spine-chilling book, filled with drama, suspense and mystery. I was drawn to this by the title as it is so bold on the cover. it looked like an amazing book and I clearly wasn't wrong. I loved that every time the characters felt safe something dangerous, dramatic and frightening would happen. My favourite part was when there was a twist at the end and the bad guy came on Maya's side.

Keira gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isobel from Kippax Greenfield primary school:

This book is amazing! I would recommend this to people who like a good mystery and a good page turner. There was so many things that I could not see happening and that's what made me love it even more.

Isobel gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Oliver from Churwell Primary School:

Murder in midwinter is a fantastic murder mystery and action book. It's a bit slow at the start but after about 50 pages it's great. It will always keep you wanting to read on and the plot creates suspense. Also, what i imagined Auntie V to look like is what the author- fleur hitchcock looks like.

Oliver gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

favour from ebor gardens primary academy:

I can not speak fleur 1 word WOW!

favour gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

jamie from ebor gardens:

its mysterious a guy with a gun shoots someone

jamie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Aaron from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I kind of liked the book.The characters' personalities were really entertaining

Aaron gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Amgad from Ebor Gardens Primary Academy:

I really like this book because in the first place Maya was on a bus and on the bus she saw a group of people in the snow and she spotted a large tall man in the snow. the next day she saw him with gun, she thought he was after her but when her mother knew that someone was trying to chase her she decided to go to wales. At the end she remembered that peter Romeo was going to come to her on Saturday to kill her. But the truth was when it came to that day he was nice and friendly and did not dare touch her

Amgad gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Maisie from St Benedict's:

I loved this book because there was a phenomenal amount of drama and excitement throughout the whole story. I loved how from the minute I began to read there was always a hint of fear [or should I say feary]. I also adored how Fleur described every part of Maya's terrifying adventure and I loved how Samson's death was described and because he was one of my favourite characters I could feel Maya's pain at that moment in time. The whole story was filled with my favourite feature of a story - drama - all the way through it and all in all, this thrilling book deserves a 5/5. Thank you Fleur Hitchcock!!!

Maisie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Maisie from St Benedict's:

I loved this book because there was a phenomenal amount of drama and excitement throughout the whole story. I loved how from the minute I began to read there was always a hint of fear [or should I say feary]. I also adored how Fleur described every part of Maya's terrifying adventure and I loved how Samson's death was described and because he was one of my favourite characters I could feel Maya's pain at that moment in time. The whole story was filled with my favourite feature of a story - drama - all the way through it and all in all, this thrilling book deserves a 5/5. Thank you Fleur Hitchcock!!!

Maisie gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Kavan from St Benedicts:

This was an amazing book at times it was tense and sad but it was amazing the best part was when Peter Romero came into the room and Maya and Ollie were hiding also the worst bit about it was when Samson died it was very emotional. This book is the best book I have seen in a long time.

Kavan gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Anas from Oakwood Primary Academy:

This wasn't the best book, but not the worst either. The plot line was great but some of it didn't make sense sometimes. Overall I think this wasn't the best book, but your opinion is different.

Anas gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Frahnaz (Fa-ra-naz) from Oakwood Primary Aceademy:

I enjoyed the book but it not the best book I've read. The plotline was great. I think the author has done a really good job.

Frahnaz (Fa-ra-naz) gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Samantha from Oakwood Primary Academy:

I enjoyed this book at the start, but as it came closer to the end I lost interest because the ending was too predictable. On the other hand the book is exciting and adventurous. I think I might give Fleur Hitchcock`s books another go in the future.

Samantha gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Esther from Westgate primary:

This book is action-packed and breath-taking. I couldn't put this wonderful book down. You never no what's coming next- and whatever is happening next is sure to be brilliant! I love the fact that this book has a mixture of murder mystery and unexpected drama. This is definitely one of my favourite books!

Esther gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Liam from Middleton St Marys C of E Primary School:

I really like this book because it's really good and I really like because it's all about this horse and a girl who is living with her auntie.

Liam gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Madina from Ebor Garden Primary Academy:

I LOVE MURDER IN MIDWINTER . IT gave me a shiver at one point. It made me feel warm hearted when thay had CHRISTMAS dinner together

Madina gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Freya from Waterloo Primary:

Wow just wow this has been my favorite book so far. I really like how at the end the plot twists completely. It is very realistic and easy to read.My favorite character is Zara as she is a very kind sister.

Freya gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Amelia from Carlton Primary School:

I liked Murder in Midwinter because as soon as you read the first page you can’t put the book down. I disliked Ollie at first but then when his personality changed he was my favorite character. I rate this book 5 out of 5 because it is adventurous and mysterious and the drama starts straight away which most books don’t. I would recommend this book to anyone because it is fun and exciting. I would love it if this book was at the cinema I think it would be wonderful.

Amelia gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Reece from Holy Family Catholic Primray School:

I found this book interesting because it didn't give anything away .My favourite character had to be grandad because he was always helping Maja in sticky situations .This book kept me turning, pages guessing what was going to happen in the next chapter even though the blurb gave it away.My favourite part of the book was when Maja was going to Wales.The front cover really made me to read the book. I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes thrillers .

Reece gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Isaac from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

This is an amazing book.Its an easy read.Chapters are short and the font is large.This book kept me turning pages the front cover it's very intriguing and attractive.It kept me reading until I was so tired my eyes shut purposely.The start and climax were excellent but the ending didn't feel like it connected with them.I would recommend this to people who like a good mystery,murder and thriller.

Isaac gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Hope from Holy Family Catholic Primary School:

This book was a great and easy read. It was very interesting and made you want to read more. The front cover pulled me in, and was actually in the story. I believe the book was slow pace up until Maya travelled away, when she got to te farm, it started to be predictable and boring. The ending seemed rushed but the twist was very interesting.

My favourite character was Ollie as he appealed to me very much. He had human emotions, not like many books where the people don't react at all, and I liked his boisterous attitude.

I suggest 9-12's would love this book.

Hope gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Aine from Holy Family Cathlic Primary School :

This book is a very good easy read and the chapters are nice and short. I really enjoyed the start and the middle but the end was confusing and long. I would recommend this book to someone who likes mysteries and adventours. I think some parts of this book were not needed. Maya is a girl you can learn to love and realate to. The front cover caught my eye because it is very mysterious and the words in the branches were very smart. I think the blurb gave away to much of the story it made it a bit predictable. Altoghether I think this is a good book.

Aine gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Noah from Holy family catholic primary school:

I found this book very intresting however it was a big stretch to finish it , was also rushed at the end.I found the charecters in this book very easy to relate to for example Maya is a very strong and bold charecter I feel it is very easy.The font is very easy to read the chapters are really small which I find easier to read it keeps me guessing and makes me want to read more.I would recommened this to someone who is just strting to read and loves thriller.I also think the blurb gave to much about the story away.

Noah gave Murder in Midwinter 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Eva from Carlton Primary school:

Murder in Midwinter: Book Review

Murder in midwinter is a brilliant book to read because it is so exiting and mysterious therefore it makes you want to read on. My favorite character in the book is Maya because she is brave and strong and is determined to do the right thing. She wants to solve problems all the time. The best part of the story is the ending because there is a lot of tension and you do not know what is going to happen next. I give this book five stars because its exciting and makes you sit on the edge of your seat. I recommend other children to read this book because it has got an incredible story line that a lot of people will love to read this book.

Eva gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.

Kian from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Murder in Midwinter is about a girl who sees a man on a bus with a gun. When she found out she knew the murderer wanted to kill her so Maya goes to her Auntie V's house. She was feeling safe until she knew where he lived.

I would recommend this book to people who likes murder suspense story as the story is about a girl who tries to live in peace. Unfortunately, the murders keep on coming. I think it is 12+ as it is sad and really intense at some points in the book. 5 stars from me!

Kian gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Callum from Five Lanes Primary School:

It is amazing epically when Maya fighting a fire at Auntie V's house. It was quiet scary when Peter Romero was in her room. It could improve about the description on Maya's surrounding also about what the mountain and the police station. What over things does Ollie do? His friend has a dad what animals does he have on his farm and does Megan like playing with Samson ore the other horses. In the end I love the story!

Callum gave Murder in Midwinter 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Max Helsing, Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling.

Sukhi from Grange Farm Primary School:

I loved reading Murder In Midwinter as soon as I read the first chapter I was hooked. I liked this book because I enjoy mystery books and it was very tense. The book made me feel like I was with the characters. My favourite characters were: Ollie, Auntie V and Samson. I would recommend this book as it is fun, exiting and enjoyable.

Sukhi gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard.

Aminah from Grange Farm Primary School:

I absolutely loved this book! This book has now turned into one of my favourites as it was full of suspense and kept me wanting to read. Fleur Hitchcock has written this book in such a way ,that I felt as if I was experiencing the situation itself!I would definitely recommend this book and trust me, you wont be able to put it down!

Aminah gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Cameron from Grange Farm Primary School:

I think Murder in Midwinter is the best murder book I have read ever. Fleur Hitchcock has done extraordinarily well with this book.My favourite characters are Peter Romero and Maya.If i could, I'd recommend this to people who like: brave girls,mysteries,and a change of heart.

Cameron gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Christopher from Grange Farm Primary School:

I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed the part when there was the big tense gunfight between...it would have been better if Samson (the horse) didn't die and Zahra (her sister) got kidnapped for the whole of the story well, most of it. If a film was made of this I would cast: Chris Hemsworth as Ollie ,fleur Hitchcock herself, as auntie v, Quvenzhan'e Wallis as Maya and Johnny Depp as peter Romero.

Christopher gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Caleb from Grange Farm Primary School:

I think Murder in Midwinter is a excellent,fast-paced book. Fleur Hitchcock has perfected and defined crime for beginners.Murder in Midwinter is a adventure of danger and daring.I recommend this book to 9-11 year olds, because I found it hard to put the book down.

Caleb gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Kamiyah from Grange Farm Primary School:

I quite enjoyed this book a lot. I enjoyed this book because it is action filled and always seems to leave you left on a cliff hanger giving you the great urge to read on. This book has completely changed my perspective on murder and mystery books. It is filled with tension and each day I couldn't help but read an extra chapter. I would proudly recommend this book and describe it as: 'The best book I have read by far!' I would love this book to be re-made as a film including the characters: Lindsay Lohan, playing as Maya and Zahara,Cameron Diaz playing as Auntie V, Alexxandra Daddario playing as Mum and Zac Efron as Ollie.

Kamiyah gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Dan from Grange Farm Primary School :

Without a doubt i would rate this book 5 out of 5.I very rarely read these types of book but this book was very intriguing and it built a lot of tension. The best part of the book for me was when Maya is reunited with her family. The only thing I would change is if Zarah was captured for longer. I would happily read more books by Fleur Hitchcock. I would happily see this book made as a movie.

Dan gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

Jacqueline from Middleton st marys c of e primary leeds:

I think this is a great book because I love murder stories. My favorite characters are Maya and Ollie because they might have not liked each other at first,but they worked together to survive. They feel real to me so that's why they are my favourites. I enjoyed the book so much I want more books from Fleur Hitchcock.

Jacqueline gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill.

Ella from St.Margaret's C of E primary school Horsforth:

I think this book is very emotional and dramatic, and people who love murder, mystery and brave little girls will definitely like this book. My favourite characters are Maya and Peter Romeo, as they stand out the most to me. This book is one of my favourites

Ella gave Murder in Midwinter 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Invisible Inc. by Steve Cole.