Mistletoe and Crime by Chris McDonald

Another fabulous cover design!

Thank you to Sean and Red Dog Press for the invitation to join the blog tour for book 5 in The Stonebridge Mysteries series on the first day of the blog tour. Regular readers of my book review blog will know that I have enjoyed reading this series – please see my review for book 4 at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/09/28/the-case-of-the-missing-firefly-by-chris-mcdonald/. This book will be published on 7th December 2021.


It’s Christmas!

A year since their last case, and Adam and Colin are pulled 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.

Mistletoe and Crime is the fifth 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…

Please check out the other reviews on the blog tour too

My thoughts:

It was good to be back in Stonebridge again. Although this book is being published a couple of months after the last one, the story has moved on almost a full year.

Adam and Colin have had a quiet time in terms of mysteries to solve during the intervening year, but their work lives have continued to evolve and Adam is ready to make some changes to his personal life.

However, Adam finding a dead body one evening means that Adam and Colin are caught up in another mystery – one involving the new local Department store Santa.

This is a no spoiler review so I’m avoiding sharing too many details, but this is another fantastic mix of mystery, death, friendship, awkward moments and humour. Our modern day ‘Hardy Boys’ are on the case again and I’m hoping there will be another book or three in the series.

Author Bio:

Chris McDonald grew up in Northern Ireland before settling in Manchester via Lancaster and London.

He is the author the DI Erika Piper series A Wash of Black, Whispers In The Dark and Roses for the Dead. He has also recently dabbled in writing cosy crimes, in the shape of The Stonebridge Mysteries, as a remedy for the darkness.

He is a full time teacher, husband, father to two beautiful girls and a regular voice on The Blood Brothers Podcast. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs.

Find him on twitter @cmacwritescrime

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-914480-88-1

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-914480-09-6

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

Publication Date: 07 December 2021

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Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Chris_McDonald_Mistletoe_and_Crime?id=pCVOEAAAQBAJ&gl=GB

Also available on Amazon from 07.12.21


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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