DEAD IN THE WATER By Chris McDonald (The Stonebridge Mysteries#2) #DeadintheWater @cmacwritescrime @ RedDogTweets #bookblogtour

Available to purchase direct from RedDogPress or other reputable book retailers from 27th March 2021 | paperback | ebook

Thank you to Meggy Roussel for my spot on this blogtour.


The Stonebridge Regatta is looming. The town’s annual face-off against neighbouring Meadowfield is usually 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?


Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin are back for book two in the Stonebridge series. Full of knowledge from their favourite detective shows, they are confident they can crack this case, if there is a case to crack of course! After all the police have ruled the death as an accident, so how will the boys prove the police wrong?

Did Matthew Henderson accidentally fall? Or was there something more sinister going on? The police believe he slipped. But his wife thinks different and approaches Adam and Colin to look into the death, after all they did solve the last case. I love this series and we are only on book 2 Adam and Colin are not exactly the smartest detectives, after all their experience all comes from watching their favourite television detective shows such as Sherlock, 24, and many more.

Matthew was team captain at the rowing club and the team are due for the big race with a prize of £5,000 to the winning team, but the money is not divided equally between the team, the captain always gets a bigger share! Could this be a motive? I know it’s not Oxford v Cambridge but this race seems to be important to the teams.

As the boys are investigating, they get a little embroiled in a couple of things that they aren’t comfortable with, well Colin does mostly. As they try to question the other rowers on the team. Who stands to gain the most? Who is Matthews wife seeing? Is she hiding something? If so why ask them to investigate?

Another cosy read from Chris McDonald I love these characters, love seeing them develop. I really can’t wait for more in this series, so roll on book 3.

If you are looking for a book you can read if an evening curled up in a chair or in bed then look no further, I would say to start with book one, but this book can be read as a stand-alone novel

A firm 5⭐️ cosy read thank you to #reddogtweets for an eARC if this book for me to read for the blog tour all views expressed are my own.


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 his 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 instalment in the DI Erika Piper series, and Chris is currently working on his latest series, The Stonebridge Mysteries, published by Red Dog Press in 2021.

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