With thanks to Red Dog Press and for the review copy.
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.
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…
This was my introduction to the Stonebridge series. I found it very enjoyable. Adam and Colin are likeable characters and the cast of Stonebridge are similar to your neighbours you see round the supermarket. I love a Christmassy theme too!
The novel is short and part of a series. It was easy to catch up on the characters with no previous knowledge, although I would like to know more about the problem DI Whitelaw has with Adam and Colin. The mystery is solved satisfactorily amongst the problems of everyday life. If you enjoy cosy crime, then you will enjoy this book.
The Stonebridge Mysteries #5
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-914480-88-1
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-914480-09-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-914480-51-5
Publication Date: 07 December 2021
Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Chris_McDonald_Mistletoe_and_Crime?id=pCVOEAAAQBAJ&gl=GB
Also available on Amazon from 07.12.21
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.
Find him on twitter @cmacwritescrime