AUDIO REVIEW: THE CURIOUS DISPATCH OF DANIEL COSTELLO (The Stonebridge Mysteries book 1) By Chris McDonald @RedDogTweets @CMacWritesCrime #TheCuriousDispatch @IsisAudio @_DanielleLouis_

Now available as an audiobook as well as /ebook / Hardback / paperback/


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.


I absolutely loved this first book in the Stonebridge cozy mysteries so when I was offered the chance of being on the audio tour for this how could I resist. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed, the voice of the narrator is perfect. I listened to it at night and the voice has a very soothing lilt to it. I thoroughly enjoyed listening back to where this series started, having read the following books it’s interesting to see how much the characters have developed. So if you prefer to listen to a book rather than read then I definitely recommend this one.

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?

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.

The beauty is if you are only just finding this one there are another 4 to follow. A definite 5⭐️ listen


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. Chris is also the author of the three DI Erika Piper novels.

This is the first audiobook of this series hopefully the other 4 will be following shortly


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