Thanks to RedDogPress for gifting me a copy of Chris McDonald’s new murder mystery novella, The Case of the Missing Firefly and for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful book tour.
The notoriously hard-drinking, backstabbing Stonebridge Radio crew are having their Hallowe’en party on Winkle Island, rumoured to be the most haunted place in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, Adam and Colin are there too, having accepted an easy payday from Colin’s event organising mother.
At dinner, a shocking announcement is followed by an even more shocking murder, and the theft of a priceless Firefly necklace. To top it all, thanks to a raging storm, everyone is trapped on the island.
Faced with devious radio presenters, a strange tour guide, and a rampaging murderer, Adam and Colin are back in business.
This whodunit has everything you could want. From the spooky, coastal/boat setting, the building of tension and suspense to the unique and quirky characters who are all suspects. The Case of the Missing Firefly is perfect to read on a crisp autumn night under a fluffy blanket in front of the fire with a nice hot drink.
I loved the fact it was set just off the coast of Northern Ireland as it is a place very close to my heart and where my dad’s side of the family are from.
From the quiet, hardworking, elderly boss, Albert to your typical, egotistical, arrogant prime time dj, Drive Time Dave, you are introduced to a whole variety of different personalities which each lends their own spin on events and predich who they think really did it. Then you have your typical young tech nerds, Colin and Adam, who are simply meant to be there to set up the projector for the presentation. They think it will be the easiest £100 earned for 2 minutes work, but suddenly they are thrust into the middle of a murder investigation. With no police able to make it to the scene they don their detective hats and go all Sherlock and Watson to help solve the mystery.
This was an easy, quick and fun read. Although I guessed about halfway through who the murderer was, there were still a few twists I didn’t see coming which made it all the more exciting at the end.
Overall, I thought it was a great cosy murder mystery. It also happens to be the 4th in the series of the Stonebridge murders so I will certainly be looking out for the first 3. However, these can be read as standalones.
If you are looking for a fun little novella full of crime, suspense, murder and a bit of geekiness I highly recommend this book. Also I love the cover, it is very reminiscent of traditional murder mysteries.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a fun, cosy murder mystery novella perfect for the season
You can purchase the novella from the links below:
Available in paperback, hardback or eBook direct from Red Dog Press: https://bit.ly/missingfirefly
ABOUT THE SERIES:
Stonebridge is a small town on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Most of its inhabitants are friendly, happy people. Most of them…Because bad things happen even in the happiest of places. It’s a good thing, then, that Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin call Stonebridge home. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of detective shows, a misplaced sense of confidence and a keen desire to see justice done, these two are the closest thing the town has to saviours. Which isn’t that reassuring…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally hailing from the north coast of Northern Ireland and now residing in South Manchester, Chris McDonald has always been a reader. At primary school, The Hardy Boys inspired his love of adventure, before his reading world was opened up by Chuck Palahniuk and the gritty world of crime.
He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.