Today I have the pleasure of hosting the next leg of Chris Mcdonald’s New Stonebridge mystery novella, Mistletoe and Crime which is out tomorrow (7th December)
I previously read and reviewed his last novella, The Case of the Missing Firefly which was a brilliant read so I was excited to read what happens next.
A year since their last case, and Adam and Colin are called out of semi-retirement when Stonebridge legend and regular town Santa, Gerald Agnew, is found dead in the snow.
The police believe his death to be a drunken accident, but evidence that our amateur detectives uncover points to something more sinister.
When DI Whitelaw dismisses their claims, Adam and Colin must navigate drug dealers, deception, and department store Santas to get to the truth.
Mistletoe and Crime is the fifth in the Stonebridge Mysteries series of cosy crime novellas.
This was a delightfully cosy murder mystery. Adam and Colin are back in action and this time it’s nearly Christmas.
I really enjoyed watching the progression of these two characters from the last book. They are both growing up, Adam in a long term relationship with Helena and crime fighting has taken a back seat in their lives. However when they come across homeless man, Gerald lying dead in the snow they know that he deserves for the truth to come out after they see footprints in the snow fleeing the scene.
Once again, the scene setting was wonderfully done and the festive atmosphere made it a perfect cosy read for the season. Northern Ireland is a special country to me as my father’s family are from there and I love visiting so it was great to revisit the country in the book. Plus I have a weakness for the Irish accent so the descriptions of this made it extra engaging. The writer really pulls you into the scenes and makes you feel like you are there solving the crime alongside them both.
If you are looking for a cosy winter murder mystery I would highly recommend this read.
These novellas can be read as a series or as a standalone as they are each a different case.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a wonderfully festive murder mystery, the perfect read the snuggle up with on a cold, winter night
Mistletoe and Crime comes out tomorrow (7th December) and can be preordered from the link below:
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:
Chris McDonald grew up in Northern Ireland before settling in Manchester via Lancaster and London.
He is the author the DI Erika Piper series A Wash of Black, Whispers In The Dark and Roses for the Dead. He has also recently dabbled in writing cosy crimes, in the shape of The Stonebridge Mysteries, as a remedy for the darkness.
He is a full time teacher, husband, father to two beautiful girls and a regular voice on The Blood Brothers Podcast. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs.
Much love 💘