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The Snow Killer by Ross Greenwood
Many of you will know that I’m an avid reader and I always love a good detective story (as can be seen by my Agatha Christie collection). Between December and March we have a series of anniversaries relating to Katie – wedding, Christmas, birthday, death, funeral, and 10th March this year would have been ten years since we said our final farewell to her at Fairford cemetery.
On the evening before this poignant date, I started a new detective book on my kindle – The Snow Killer by Ross Greenwood. A short while into the story, you learn about the main character’s police colleague, Zander, who is facing the unenviable struggle of trying to keep going following the death of his only child from carbon monoxide poisoning. The author goes into great detail about what happened – how “The neighbour’s ancient boiler had leaked carbon monoxide through the wall”, the “red hue” visible on the faces of some CO victims, the fact that it wasn’t really anyone’s fault because the landlord of the next door property had “provided a safety certificate from eleven months ago” and that “carbon monoxide alarms are only compulsory if you’re burning solid fuel, not gas”.
It seemed so strange reading this when the next day was Katie’s funeral anniversary and I was going to a CO stakeholder meeting– where I knew that mandatory carbon monoxide alarms for all rental properties was something everyone was campaigning towards.