The Blood in Snowflake Garden



❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ The Blood in Snowflake Garden Author D. Alan Lewis – E17streets4all.co.uk Can murder happen in the jolliest city on Earth During the early months of , Vladimir Volsky, the Premier of Santa s city at the North Pole is shot and killed in a city where firearms are forbidden Ma Can murder happen in the in Snowflake Epub µ jolliest city on Earth During the early months of , Vladimir Volsky, the Premier of Santa s city at the North Pole is shot and killed in a The Blood eBook Ç city where firearms are forbidden Max Sneed, a retired Police chief finds himself reluctantly drawn back into service to investigate the murder For Max, exploring the dark seedy side of the jolliest city on Blood in Snowflake PDF Ë Earth is nothing compared to facing the demons of his own past He is joined by a young British journalist, Robert Watson Rob finds himself disillusioned by the short comings of the North Pole as well as how the turbulent events of thes are echoed in Santa s city The men soon learn that this is far than just a simple killing As the list of suspects grows, the murder becomes intertwined with cold war politics, corporate espionage, labor disputes and a growing civil rights movement that threatens to destroy everything that Santa has built.The Blood in Snowflake Garden

As a child of the in Snowflake Epub µ sixties and seventies, D Alan Lewis grew up watching the US space program in its heyday His fascination with the space race developed a love of science fiction The Blood eBook Ç His interest in horror came about later in life as the result of multiple marriages D Alan Lewis is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee who now resides in Nashville with his children He has Blood in Snowflake PDF Ë been writing technical guides and manuals for various employers for over twenty years but only in recent years has branched out in to writing fiction In , Alan took the reins of a Novelist Writer s resource in Nashville where he has been working to with aspiring writers The manuscript for his first novel, The Blood in Snowflake Garden, was a Top Ten finalist for the Clay Dagger award in He is currently working on several other projects including a follow up to Snowflake Garden.

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  • Paperback
  • 350 pages
  • The Blood in Snowflake Garden
  • D. Alan Lewis
  • 12 March 2017
  • 1937035344

10 thoughts on “The Blood in Snowflake Garden

  1. says:

    I will never see the Night Before Christmas in the same light.I m not one for mysteries, but the story that Lewis puts before his reader is farthan just a simple whodunit In his alternative universe , he uses history and human nature that we are all too familiar with to pull you in We soon forget the mythical North Pole that we have all grown to love as a child, and like any celebrated city, we find out that this place too has a dark underside We find ourselves not unlike Robert Wats I will never see the Night Before Christmas in the same light.I m not one for mysteries, but the story that Lewis puts before his reader is farthan just a simple whodunit In his alternative universe , he uses history and human nature that we are all too familiar with to pull you in We soon forget the mythical North Pole that we have all grown to love as a child, and like any celebrated city, we find out that this place too has a dark underside We find ourselves not unlike Robert Watson, a visiting English Journalist, whose images of Santa, Mrs Claus, and even the elves are turned inside out as he finds out that they are human, with all the weaknesses and issues that occur in our day to day lives When I first picked up this novel, it was out of curiosity to see if Lewis could pull off a crime novel in a place that we think of as a dream land He doesthan simply pull it off He transports the reader to a place that becomes one of the characters itself and he keeps you guessing until the very end

  2. says:

    This is a great book to lose yourself in, especially with the holidays here The story opens with Max Sneed, a retired police detective being informed of the murder of Vlad Volsky, the Premier of the North Pole and Santa s right hand man From there, we start digging into the mystery which quickly turns out tothen anyone expected What makes this story so much fun is that the North Pole isn t what we expect Dark and dirty The book takes a serious look at life at Santa s city, but has so This is a great book to lose yourself in, especially with the holidays here The story opens with Max Sneed, a retired police detective being informed of the murder of Vlad Volsky, the Premier of the North Pole and Santa s right hand man From there, we start digging into the mystery which quickly turns out tothen anyone expected What makes this story so much fun is that the North Pole isn t what we expect Dark and dirty The book takes a serious look at life at Santa s city, but has so much humor and charm and never takes its self to serious.The list of suspects is wde ranging and all have motives The characters are well rounded and believable The conspiracies and motives all are sound and well explained The story has a number of well executed flashbacks which show the readers Santa s backstory and Max Sneed s past problems with the victim.This is really a great book and a must read for the holidays Not your typical christmas story but certainly one of the best

  3. says:

    The North Pole politics, power struggles, affairs spawning illegitimate children, drugs, alcohol abuse, and murderlike Sin City than the happy place most people picture when they think of Santa s home The author, Alan Lewis, does a good job of taking an imaginary land and bringing it to life through a mixture of humor and sarcasm while incorporating some of the not to pleasant characteristics of modern day life Santa Claus history of how he came to be the jolly fat man delivering pr The North Pole politics, power struggles, affairs spawning illegitimate children, drugs, alcohol abuse, and murderlike Sin City than the happy place most people picture when they think of Santa s home The author, Alan Lewis, does a good job of taking an imaginary land and bringing it to life through a mixture of humor and sarcasm while incorporating some of the not to pleasant characteristics of modern day life Santa Claus history of how he came to be the jolly fat man delivering presents is dark and fits well into the story as a whole a children s storybook character brought to the adult level

  4. says:

    In a world where Santa Claus appeared before the House Un American Activities Committee and Russians have at least partial control of the North Pole, D Alan Lewis tale dances through time In the far reaches lie the origin of St Nick himself The first World War leads us through to the Cold War and the final decision to forbid Santa from entering United States territory The tale is darkly nostalgic, somewhere between a supernatural mystery and the year you discovered there is no Santa Claus In a world where Santa Claus appeared before the House Un American Activities Committee and Russians have at least partial control of the North Pole, D Alan Lewis tale dances through time In the far reaches lie the origin of St Nick himself The first World War leads us through to the Cold War and the final decision to forbid Santa from entering United States territory The tale is darkly nostalgic, somewhere between a supernatural mystery and the year you discovered there is no Santa Claus Read the full review at

  5. says:

    I loved this book, a quirky, yet delightful humorous noir Christmas fantasy Lewis s world building is spot on, his characters believable and complex We are drawn, along with his reluctant hero, into North Pole politics, the affairs of disgruntled elves, and an understanding of a disillusioned, broken Santa who is nonetheless sympathetic Lewis strikes exactly the right balance between humor and suspense, then adds a sprinkling of magic to the mix The cover is beautiful too.

  6. says:

    Provocative, colorful plot twists Could easily see this made into a movie Good book

  7. says:

    I bought a copy of this book from the author at Hypericon a couple of years ago It was worth the purchase Even though I suspected a thing or two as far as motive and character movements, in the end I wasn t spot on the nose and that s excellent when it comes to a decent murder mystery.Lewis writing style is fresh and articulate not dry and boring Running gags and witty banter gave what could have been a very dour story that lighthearted spice needed to make things evenentertaining A I bought a copy of this book from the author at Hypericon a couple of years ago It was worth the purchase Even though I suspected a thing or two as far as motive and character movements, in the end I wasn t spot on the nose and that s excellent when it comes to a decent murder mystery.Lewis writing style is fresh and articulate not dry and boring Running gags and witty banter gave what could have been a very dour story that lighthearted spice needed to make things evenentertaining And the characters with all their secrets moved and breathed in the detailed political and social world Lewis created with his idea of the land of Father Christmas.There were only a couple of minor things The book s formatting made me wince sometimes Now I only believe in taking away review points when formatting is severe, and in this case it only made me lose suspension of belief once or twice But then again I come from an age when books used smaller typesetting and also had the occasional typo error, so I wouldn t be so petty as to knock a book down for these common things They ve been around since the start of the printing press, and they may be around for years to come But speaking of typesetting, it did annoy me that this book relied on what people are coming to think of as a normal size.The cover for the book I admit was fitting and you come to realize just how fitting theyou read of the story but it also left a bit to be desired I felt But this is also a minor detail and is only getting mentioned because the thought didn t leave me throughout reading the book.The only thing that actually marred the experience was the idealistic behavior of at least one of the characters if not two or three Without spoiling the plot there is a military figure in the book that acted like something from a 1950 s movie or kid s TV show and not how they re trained to act in real life when it comes to a particular scenario This threw me out of the story, but I understood why things played out the way they did Also don t think I didn t notice the careful Sherlock Watson pattern between the principle characters Well done, and it was most amusing when one referenced it at least twice.I m giving this baby five stars I m glad I bought it, and so glad I finally found where I d tucked it so I could read it at last It s a recommended read for lovers of a good murder mystery

  8. says:

    Amazing Twisted Satisfying.Lewis lays out a murder, adds the backstory for Santa and twists the clues until he unveils them in true mystery solving style Awesome

  9. says:

    Do you believe in Santa In an alternative universe the North Pole is not the enchanting frosted Christmas card place everyone would like it to be In this reality, the North Pole is an industrial complex of dingy factories, churning out masses of toys Elves have no rights and are basically the worker ants of society not many reindeer can fly and those that can are worked every inch of their short lives And as for Santa, think again Santa is a grief stricken, guilt ridden, sentimental old dr Do you believe in Santa In an alternative universe the North Pole is not the enchanting frosted Christmas card place everyone would like it to be In this reality, the North Pole is an industrial complex of dingy factories, churning out masses of toys Elves have no rights and are basically the worker ants of society not many reindeer can fly and those that can are worked every inch of their short lives And as for Santa, think again Santa is a grief stricken, guilt ridden, sentimental old drunk who has let the reins of command slip from his hands His territory is riven with racism, human elf conflict, labor problems and worker revolts, and a faltering economy While Santa surveys his life through the bottom of a bottle, power has surreptitiously been transferred to a shadowy figure, someone who has other ideas for the North Pole, including contracts with major U.S armaments manufacturers Detective Max Sneed is dragged out of retirement when Vlad Volsky, the much loved Premier of gun free North Pole City, is mysteriously shot to death in Snowflake Garden He is joined in his investigations by Robert Watson, a journalist for a London newspaper, who is keen to help Max untangle the intricacies of this far from simple murder The novel echoes the political turmoil of the sixties, in a different kind of Cold War with Santa being the victim of McCarthyism and banned from U.S airspace for his so called Communist tendencies delivering toys to children in Russia and the Eastern Bloc countries The author succeeds admirably in creating a kind of parallel universe in which the reader can totally believe The politics, internal bickering, dissatisfaction, dark secrets, and failed lives and loves all serve to enhance the image of a truly dystopian fairy tale gone horribly wrong The various characters have complex motives and underlying reasons for their strange behavior This includes Santa, who might just be the murderer Max Sneed and Robert Watson find themselves in a veritable labyrinth of conflicting facts and stories The main characters share a common dark history in which the seeds of the current situation were planted many years ago The author uses several flashbacks to introduce this backstory but I found this device bogged the story down The novel would flow better and faster without so much often extraneous detail behind it The author has a mordant wit and uses black humor and satire to highlight the sad reality behind the tinsel empire An enjoyable, thought provoking read for detective novel fans looking for a different kind of murder.First reviewed for Readers Favorite by Fiona Ingram

  10. says:

    Different but sure a good Xmas read I think I ve enjoyed this book the most of all my Xmas reading so far this year It sure gives a different picture of the whole Santa Claus scenario and, as I see mentioned by another reviewer, makes you think of The Night Before Christmas in a whole different way Even being quite dated and showing it s age with all the Cold War and Anti Communist stuff didn t detract from a good mystery and lot s of scary fun especially with Reggie and the police car And t Different but sure a good Xmas read I think I ve enjoyed this book the most of all my Xmas reading so far this year It sure gives a different picture of the whole Santa Claus scenario and, as I see mentioned by another reviewer, makes you think of The Night Before Christmas in a whole different way Even being quite dated and showing it s age with all the Cold War and Anti Communist stuff didn t detract from a good mystery and lot s of scary fun especially with Reggie and the police car And the social and economic satire is still very relevant at the present time Oh yeah and the vodka is good too

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