Happy Sunday everyone! Today I’m sharing my thoughts on Chris McDonald’s Dead In The Water, the second in the Stonebridge Mysteries series.
My thanks to the très belle Meggy of Red Dog Press for my e-copy of Dead In The Water.
The Stonebridge Regatta is looming. The town’s annual face-off against neighbouring Meadowfield is usually a weekend filled with sunshine, laughter and camaraderie.
This year is different.
A week before the race, the body of Stonebridge team captain Matthew Henderson is found dead in the water. The police file his passing as a tragic accident however, his grieving widow disagrees and suspects foul play is involved. She enlists the help of Adam and Colin, the town’s amateur (self-proclaimed) private detectives to unearth the truth.
Did Matthew simply slip and fall into the water, or is there more to his death below the surface?
What Did I Think?
Who on earth would want to kill a passionate, (some might say) dictatorial captain of a rowing team just a few weeks before their biggest race of the season?! Who indeed? Time to call in Adam and Colin, Sherlock and Watson wannabes
Who knew rowing could be so rowdy?
Approached by the wife of the recently deceased, Adam and Colin have a case on their hands. Their detective skills are put to the test and even developed further as Colin goes undercover. I was keen to find out whether he was rumbled in his deceptive role.
As the story went I crossed paths with so many suspects, my mind felt like it was on a dodgem ride. Each character had a motive, I suspected them all. I even headed back to the police finding of accidental death. Could this have been just a tragic accident??
McDonald creates a world of possiblilities. Who could possibly kill the clean cut captain? Is the captain clean cut? Are his nearest and dearest clear cut? McDonald led me up so many garden paths as I followed the amateur Sherlock and Watson looking for clues. This is a short sharp investigation for Adam and Colin, brilliant addition to the Stonebridge Mysteries. Looking forward to returning to Stonebridge soon when Meat Is Murder.
Who Is Chris McDonald?
Chris McDonald grew up in Northern Ireland before settling in Manchester via Lancaster and London.
He is the author A Wash of Black, the first in the DI Erika Piper series, as well as the forthcoming second – Whispers In The Dark. He has also recently dabbled in writing cosy crimes, as a remedy for the darkness. The first in the Stonebridge Mysteries will be released in early 2021.
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.