MEAT IS MURDER (The Stonebridge Mysteries 3) by Chris McDonald @RedDogTweets @cmacwritescrime #MeatisMurder #StonebridgeMysteries #bookblogger

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SYNOPSIS

Stonebridge is a small town on the north coast of Northern Ireland. Most of its inhabitants are friendly, happy people. Most of them….

Because bad things happen even in the happiest of places. It’s a good job, then, that Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin call Stonebridge home.

Armed with an encyclopaedic knowledge of detective shows, a misplaced sense of confidence and a keen desire to see justice done, these two are the closest thing the town has to saviours. Which isn’t that reassuring…

McNulty’s Meats, one of Stonebridge’s oldest businesses, is about to be taken over in a lucrative deal that would make brothers Ron and Kevin very rich men indeed. Unfortunately for them, local activist Tyler Love has other ideas. Convinced that the deal would be bad for the town, he burns the place to the ground and inadvertently kills himself in the process. At least,that’s what the police think.

Tyler’s mum disagrees, and pleads with amateur sleuths Adam and Colin to investigate. Although, going up against the psychopathic McNulty brothers, a rival businessman, a group of hippies, and a girlfriend with secrets of her own might not be such a good idea…

Someone has something to hide, and will go to great lengths to keep that secret buried.

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MY REVIEW

The boys are back, I would say the men are back but I think boys sounds better especially when referring to Adam and Colin. Although if you compare them to book one it seems they are both now starting to get their lives together or should I say grow up a little! Adam has now left his mother’s home and is renting his own place, has his own gardening business which seems to be doing well. Colin also has his own place and is continuing to work in the Stonebridge Retirement Home a job he loves. Colin and Adam have been friends since primary school. Since solving a couple of crimes one of the Colin’s residents Barry now spends time scouring the newspaper looking for more crimes for the boys to work on, despite Colin telling him they have had all the excitement that they can handle. After all their only crime solving knowledge comes from television drama’s such as Sherlock.

Protestors calling themselves The History Makers decide to protest outside the local abattoir demanding change, each wearing a t.shirt saying MEAT IS MURDER, they are claiming animal cruelty, poor working conditions and unfair redundancies. But worst of all the owners Kevin and Ron McNulty are looking at selling the place to a multinational company. Tyler Love is trying to take charge of the protest as he speaks through the megaphone after chaining himself to the fence. The aim is to send the investors away. It’s not long before the McNulty brothers arrived, some of the protestors decided this was the time to leave. With the brothers is the potential investor who doesn’t seem impressed by the protest. The McNulty’s told him not to worry, to give them a couple of hours and everyone will be gone. It’s not a good idea to mess with the McNulty’s but Tyler still chained to the gate doesn’t back off easily, despite most of the other protestors starting to leave. When the police arrive Tyler has to leave, but he seems convinced that phase one has been successful, but has it?

As Adam and Colin sit playing FIFA they are disturbed by a bright flash followed by a loud noise, as they look out the window they can see a fire, as they jump into their car to see where it is they reach the industrial estate which is blocked by a variety of emergency vehicles, but it’s clear that the building burning to the ground is the McNulty’s abattoir. Within minutes the two McNulty brothers arrive in their black cars. Could this be to do with the hippies Colin questioned?

When back at work it’s Barry who tells Colin that a body had been found in the burnt down abattoir, the body of Tyler Love, the police were claiming he had set fire to the building and accidentally got stuck in there himself and died. Colin had know Tyler they had been in the orchestra together Tyler was a couple of years younger. In the meantime Adam heads out to see a potential new client, but when he gets there the client is Jennifer Love and it’s not gardening that she wants Adam to do. She wants to hire Adam and Colin to look into the death of Tyler, she doesn’t believe he would have set the fire, or killed himself in it either accidentally or any other way, could she be right?

Adam and Colin begin their investigation, as they question Tyler’s girlfriend, other members of The History Makers, sadly not many of them have good things to say about Tyler, in fact most believe he would have set fire to the building. Can Adam and Colin find anything to prove everyone wrong? Is this a case they can’t solve? Have the police got it right this time? I love how the boys muddle there way through their investigation.

As usual Chris has written a good cozy crime mystery, these books at 90 pages come in perfectly for a quick read of an evening curled up, or whilst waiting for an appointment, or a journey to work or holiday. They are always enjoyable reads, with a few little chuckles thrown in. I loved some of the titles to the chapters. I have read all of Chris’s books so far and haven’t been disappointed in any of them. I now look forward to book 4 in the Stonebridge Mysteries, could there be romance in Adam’s life?

Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️read

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris McDonald originally hails 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.

He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.

Other books written by Chris are the three DI Erika Piper novels

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