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The Curator


It’s nearly Christmas (not that anyone needs reminding), and if – like me – you’re a bit overwhelmed by the festive cheer and desperate gift-hunting, then this week’s Friday Read will be great catharsis; M W Craven’s brilliant The Curator follows Washington Poe as he tries to catch a gruesome serial killer, at Christmas no less. Body parts strewn across Cumbria? With bizarre notes at each scene? Definitely the perfect way to relieve yourself of the oppressive merriment of Christmas. You might not have found a great gift for your mum yet, but at least you’re not hunting a serial murderer.

This, like all of M W Craven’s books, is completely fantastic – compulsive and intelligent writing with a perfect mix of gore and wit. I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll burn through it in no time, and by the end, will be feeling far more grateful that the only mystery you must solve is how to return another ugly jumper from a distant aunt.

And if you’re really feeling like treating yourself this Christmas, then don’t just get a regular copy of The Curator – buy yourself the Tesco special edition, which features an exclusive festive short story (complete with Christmas trees, tinsel, baubles and a murder mystery party. Something for everyone.)

Chris Sturtivant