Mistletoe and Crime by Chris McDonald @cmacwritescrime @reddogtweets #blogtour #bookreview #publicationday

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO CHRIS MCDONALD ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„ Yes Mistletoe And Crime is out today!!! and Iโ€™m delighted to be part of the closing ceremony for the blog tour and to be posting my first Christmassy review!!

Massive thanks to Sean Coleman of Red Dog Press for inviting me on the blog tour and for my advanced e-copy of Mistletoe And Crime.

The Blurb

Itโ€™s Christmas!

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.

What Did I Think?

Itโ€™s Christmas on Stonebridge and what better a present for my favourite amateur detective duo, Adam and Colin, than a murder and whatโ€™s more Adam actually finds the body!!! Local legend Gerald found in the snow and the police decide itโ€™s an unfortunate accident. But was it? Adam isnโ€™t so sure and he drags willing partner in crime detection Colin along for the ride. Was Geraldโ€™s death drugs related, a disgruntled Santa, or something wholly more sinister and very unchristmassy??

Intermingled with their detecting skills is the backdrop of the gentsโ€™ personal lives. I loved the efforts Adam went to his personal mission completed and I felt all warm and fuzzy when he finally did. Colin is gaining confidence in the day job, he just needs to share the ups and downs with someone, will he find the right one?

As for a suspect in this dastardly crime (whoโ€™d kill Santa??!), I struggled to settle on an individual. Maybe my crime solving mojo is on the blink or McDonald managed to hoodwink me into chasing my own tail – whichever it is, I suspected all on the gentsโ€™ list of possibilities and I was reluctant to remove anyone until just before the grand reveal!

This is a light hearted cosy crime novel that was a delight to read. McDonald has added another wonder investigation to The Stonebridge Mysteries series, just in time for Christmas. If you want a spot of crime this festive session but nothing to dark, you canโ€™t got wrong spending an afternoon in Stonebridge with Adam and Colin and some Mistletoe And Crime.

Who Is Chris McDonald?

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