Meat is Murder by Chris McDonald (The Stonebridge Mysteries 3)

Today I’m delighted to be joining the Red Dog Press blog tour for the latest book in The Stonebridge Mysteries by Chris McDonald. Regular readers of my book review blog will know that I enjoyed reading books 1 and 2.


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.

Meat is Murder is the third book in The Stonebridge Mysteries series of Cosy Crime novellas.

My thoughts:

Thank you to Meggy for the invite to join the tour and for sending me a digital review copy. I added the Mobi file to my kindle and decided to start the book that night (apologies to the other 100+ books waiting patiently to be read).

It was good to find out how Adam and Colin were getting on with their lives, and to see how they cope with being asked to investigate yet another potential murder.

The story starts with Tyler trying to encourage “his” protest group to annoy the McNulty brothers. By the end of the day, Tyler is dead, but was it his own fault or had someone killed him.

When Adam and Colin are asked by Tyler’s distraught mum to investigate, they quickly discover that Tyler had upset many local people, creating a number of suspects who may have had the motive for murder.

This is a non spoiler review, so I’m not sharing any hints about the story, but I enjoyed the twists in this well structured story. Another great cosy mystery and I’m hoping there will be another in the series soon.

About the series:

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 thing, then, that Adam Whyte and Colin McLaughlin call Stonebridge home.
Armed with an encyclopedic 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…

Author Bio:

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, published by Red Dog Press in 2021. 

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Publication date: 8 June 2021


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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