WHISPERS IN THE DARK (DI Erika Piper Book 2) By Chris McDonald @cmacwritescrime @RedDogTweets @RousselMeggy #WhispersintheDark

Available to purchase as from 14th November 2020 as hardback, paperback and ebook. Order direct from Red Dog Press or other good book retailers.


Who will heed the call when Death comes whispering?

Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end of that night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory.

DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide? As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macabre puppet show?

As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces begin to fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out if the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings.

A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too…..


An absolute 5⭐️ read from Chris McDonald who has proved that he is definitely a writer to watch, I loved book one in the series A Wash of Black, where we were first introduced to the kick ass detective Erika Piper. But this second book is so much better, not only do we see Erika the Detective who is capable of taking charge of situations but we see a more raw emotional side to her this time, she is growing and developing, you feel like she is becoming a friend as you get to learn more about her.

I love prologues to books and phew this one is no exception from the minute you start it you are drawn into the book, it is dark, gripping, and you just want to know what comes next. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough I was hooked.

Erika is still reeling from her previous case, but is it any wonder, it changed her life in many ways, some good some not so good, she is definitely not comfortable with some of the fame that it has brought her, especially when she gets asked for selfies with criminals.

She is attending a colleagues wedding and everyone is in high spirits, although Erika can’t drink as she is on call. Her phone rings and it’s her boss, she is called to a grisly crime scene, that initially looks like a murder suicide, but it makes no sense, how do these two people even know each other? But this is just the start, with more Murders, drugs, gangland rivals, suicide and the dark web. This story has so many twists and turns your head will be spinning.

The plot is beautifully crafted and despite some of the scenes being grisly it’s all handled in a sensitive way. You will feel your heart pounding, I was on the edge of my seat at one stage then in the next shouting NO, how could you do that Chris, I shed tears (yes I know emotions there is a rollercoaster of them) but it just got me, not sure I will forgive Chris that one, as it came so totally out of the blue. But if a writer can draw any of those emotions out of you for me I feel they have done a sublime job. You are relating to the characters, they are believable.

We are led into the underbelly of Manchester, there are lovable characters and some not so lovable. Just when you think you know what is happening, something else comes along and changes the whole perspective, and you find yourself having to think again.

This book has everything. Once you start it you will not be able to put it down, so clear a day, curl up in a comfy chair and read. It’s more than just a crime thriller/police procedural, it’s a;so a psychological thriller. There are references to book one, but this can be read as a stand alone novel, but I like to read books in order so you get to see those characters grow. In this book Chris has shown he should be up there with some of the top writers out there right now. I really can’t wait for book three in this series, to see which way Chris takes the characters next.

A truly gripping, engrossing, read. I would like to thank Meggy for inviting me on this tour and everyone at Red Dog Press. An easy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not be the best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs. Whispers in the Dark is the second installment in the DI Erika Piper series, and Chris is currently working on his latest series, The Stonebridge Mysteries, to be published by Red Dog Press in 2021.


Red Dog Press: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/whispers-in-the-dark

If you are purchasing this I highly recommend you purchase from Red dog in doing this you get your book beautifully wrapped, perfect for a gift to yourself or for a Christmas /birthday present. As well as supporting Indie publishers and the author.

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Format: Hardback, Paperback, Ebook

2 thoughts on “WHISPERS IN THE DARK (DI Erika Piper Book 2) By Chris McDonald @cmacwritescrime @RedDogTweets @RousselMeggy #WhispersintheDark

  1. Thanks Meggy, I wasn’t that happy with it, I had done a rough draft after finishing the book, then on Saturday I sat down and wrote my review and felt it was the best I had done, in other words I was happy with it, this morning I woke up and thought I better get it posted, but when I opened my blog all that was there was the basic bit I had initially done, so I had to sit and try and remember what I had written. So I’m glad it was ok. Xx

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