The Case of the Missing Firefly by Chris McDonald

I’m thrilled to be joining the Red Dog Press blog tour for the latest book in the Stonebridge Mysteries series by Chris McDonald, The Case of the Missing Firefly. Regular readers of my blog will know how much I enjoy reading this series (see my last review at Thank you to Sean at Red Dog Press for the invite.


The notoriously hard-drinking, backstabbing Stonebridge Radio crew are having their Hallowe’en party on Winkle Island, rumoured to be the most haunted place in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, Adam and Colin are there too, having accepted an easy payday from Colin’s event organising mother.

At dinner, a shocking announcement is followed by an even more shocking murder, and the theft of a priceless Firefly necklace. To top it all, thanks to a raging storm, everyone is trapped on the island.

Faced with devious radio presenters, a strange tour guide, and a rampaging murderer, Adam and Colin are back in business.The Case of the Missing Firefly is the fourth in the Stonebridge Mysteries series of cosy crime novellas


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…

My thoughts:

I’m pleased to say that Chris McDonald has created another entertaining cosy crime story with Adam, Colin and Halloween at the centre of it. A perfect mix of mystery and humour, that can be read in one sitting.

This story follows on from book three, in terms of how Adam and Colin have evolved / grown up, but the other characters are new to the story. I enjoyed the story, and I’m happy to recommend it.

This would make a fabulous Halloween TV episode, with the fancy dress costumes, a ‘haunted’ island with a spooky graveyard, being cut off by a storm, and a murder with a missing valuable necklace.

This cosy mystery series continues to evolve and I look forward to reading more Stonebridge mysteries in the future. Thank you to Chris and Red Dog Press for an early preview read. My thoughts are my own and not influenced by the gift.

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. 

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


Cosy Mystery; Mystery & Detective; Amateur Sleuths

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-914480-06-5

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-914480-49-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-914480-07-2

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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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