THE CURIOUS DISPATCH OF DANIEL COSTELLO (The Stonebridge Mysteries book 1) By Chris McDonald #TheCuriousDispatchofDanielCostello @cmacwritescrime @ RedDogTweets #bookblogtour

Available to purchase from the 12th January 2021 direct from Red Dog Press or any other good book retailer.


Wedding bells are chiming in the idyllic, coastal town of Stonebridge. For Sam and Emily, it should be the happiest day of their lives. But, on the morning of the ceremony, the best man is found dead. The police quickly write his death of as a tragic accident, but something doesn’t seem right to wedding guest and groomsman, Adam Whyte. Armed with an encyclopaedic, but ultimately ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows and an unwarranted confidence in his own abilities, Adam and his best friend (and willing Watson) Colin, set out to uncover what actually happened to Daniel Costello.


Sam and Emily were getting married at Milton Manor, one of the most exclusive venues in the area, a whole weekend to enjoy. Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin have been friends since early childhood, now in there mid twenties both still single, Adam out of work unsure of what he’s going to do with his life, Colin had finished a degree and whilst studying had got a job at weekends in a retirement home, he enjoyed it that much that once he had finished his degree he had applied for a full time position and got it. Adam was at the wedding as one of the groomsmen, Colin was his plus one. After the wedding rehearsal it was onto drinks and dancing, or for Adam and Colin drinks followed by more drinks. Although Adam had noticed some disagreement between Sam and the best man Daniel, but when mentioning it to Colin they decided probably down to drink and wedding nerves.

The following morning with slight hangover’s, there was no sign of Daniel at breakfast, Adam offered to go and give him a wake up call, but it ended up Adam getting a bit of a wake up call, finding Daniel dead in his bed in his room wasn’t what Adam had expected to find at all.

The police had put the death down, to too much alcohol choking. But Adam thought different, after all he had watched enough episodes of Sherlock to know a crime scene when he saw one! Adam was convinced that this was Murder, was he right or was it too much Sherlock?. The investigation began. Adam was going to be Sherlock and Colin was to be his Watson. But who would want Daniel dead? Why?

Having read the first two books in the DI Erika Piper series by Chris McDonald I was interested to see what this cozy mystery series would be like, we are so used to cozy mysteries being set in earlier years this was a fresh look at something being set now, with two of the least likely amateur detectives. There are several times I chuckled at a couple of things Adam especially does, still living at home with his mum, dropped out of university and doesn’t have a clue what he is going to do with his life.

The relationship between Colin and Adam works well, they both loved their detective programmes, and worked well together on their investigation, each complimenting the other with bits of information as they gathered and collated it together. The story is fast paced, light hearted, and perfect if you are just looking for something you could read in an evening. I definitely want to learn more about Adam and Colin to see where this leads, could Adam have found his vocation at last as a private detective, or amateur detective. They are so different from each other in so many ways but the differences seem to work well together.

A great start to a new cosy crime series, I for one certainly will be looking out for the next book in the series, A 5⭐️ read, When is book 2?


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.


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Publication date: January 12th 2021


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