A mother of two had the surprise of her life when she discovered a book her young sons received for Christmas had graphic descriptions of Santa Claus being murdered.
At first the gift looked harmless enough -- a book of short stories packaged in a mystery kit called Whodunit, that comes complete with a flashlight and magnifying glass.
A printed note on the box, purchased at a local Chapters book store in Maple Ridge, B.C., says it's appropriate for children over the age of seven.
The boys received the book from their grandfather who had no way of knowing the contents of the book because the package was sealed.
Krista Saunders said she won't be reading the stories to her boys anytime soon. She did however read a few passages to CTV during an interview.
"They discovered every child's worst nightmare, the lifeless body of Santa Claus," she read from a story titled, 'Who Killed Santa Claus'. "He was in a storage room his head bashed in by the butt end of a 44 revolver."
"It's not a book appropriate for kids of any age I would think," her husband Steve told CTV British Columbia.
Another passage described how the most famous chef in Texas was hacked to death with a meat cleaver. Another passage describes a child seeing bruises on his mother's arm.
Saunders was so upset, she went to Chapters to speak with the manager. The manager was shocked, she said.
The product is still being sold at the bookstore however and Saunders wants to see that changed.
"I want it pulled from the shelves," she said.
She received an email from a Chapters official saying the matter was being looked into.