MISTLETOE AND CRIME BY Chris McDonald @RedDogTweets @cmacwritescrime #MistletoeandCrime #Bookblogtour # Bookblogger.

Available to purchase from 7th December 2021 | Hardback | paperback | ebook | support Indie Publishers and Indie authors but buying direct from @RedDogPress | It can also be purchased from other good book retailers.


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.



Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin are back, it’s been a year since their last case. So both have been doing their everyday jobs Adam with his gardening business although being winter he isn’t as busy, Colin is still working in the care home, he has been acting manager of it and has loved it.

Adam is out at the cinema with his girlfriend Helena, when they take a shortcut home through a back alley they stumble upon what at first they think is just a pile of rubbish but as they get closer they realise it’s a body. Adam recognises it is Gerald Agnew, a homeless man who is well known in Stonebridge. When DI Whitelaw comes out to the scene he isn’t impressed that it was Adam who found the body, he soon dismisses it as an accident it had snowed and Whitelaw claims he probably slipped on the snow after having to much to drink. The Stonebridge police force had been investigated after they had made a couple of previous blunders.

It’s only when a friend of Gerald’s approaches Adam and Colin to investigate that the boys begin to look at the circumstances around the death a little more closely. At times the boys feel the police could be right and Gerald fell, as the more they investigate the more dead ends they hit. One of the service users at the care home, Barry, pushes Colin to keep going as he loves listening to the stories of the Boy’s antics. Helene pushes Adam to keep going. But they are finding this case a bit tougher than previous ones.

I am loving this series if you have followed Adam and Colin from book one you will have seen the budding detectives grow they have learnt what detective skills they have from their favourite crime shows mainly Sherlock. I will say this can be read as a stand alone novel, as can all the other Stonebridge books.

Adams relationship with Helena is getting more serious, whereas Colin is still single, could there be a chance of a girlfriend in this book? Not only are the characters believable and likeable but they add some bits of humour, I chuckled at a couple of things Adam did in this one.

If you like a cozy crime story, one you can read curled up on a comfy chair on a cold blustery evening, then this is perfect for you at around 90 pages these are fairly quick reads, you will chuckle, you will try and work out who the killer is, but can you guess? What I have really loved so far in this series is the characters grow. I think Adam has changed the most in book one he wasn’t working, was living at home with his mum, just wasting his life on video games, now he has his own business, a girlfriend, who he now lives with. Colin has bought his own property and is continuing to do well in his job that he loves in the care home. These are such likeable, three dimensional, believable characters.

As this one is set at Christmas time I did wonder if the Mayor of Stonebridge Jonathon McClane, was a nod to John McClane in the Die Hard movies, after all some people see those films as Christmas movies. I may be wrong, I may be reading too much into that.

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas present for someone who enjoys cozy crime mysteries then you definitely can’t go wrong with this series. Chris McDonalds writing just gets better and better, and this is a brilliant series. Worthy of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ thank you to @RedDogPress for an eARC of this book in exchange for my unbiased, honest and fair review, all thoughts and opinions are my own, I can’t wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive to add to my collection. Go on check out these books if you order direct from the publishers your order will come beautifully wrapped.


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


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-914480-88-1

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-914480-09-6

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-914480-51-5

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Also available on Amazon from 07.12.21

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