All at Sea by Chris McDonald

Thank you to Sean at Red Dog Press for the invitation to join the blog tour for the latest novella in The Stonebridge Mysteries series by Chris McDonald. This is the sixth book in the series (and the sixth book in the series I’ve reviewed). To read my last review, visit



Adam and Colin are aboard The Elysian, cruising towards Italy to see Adam get hitched, and are determined to stay out of trouble…

On the first night, a priceless piece of art is stolen from an eccentric old lady. Adam and Colin offer to help recover it, and are convince the thief was one of their fellow dinner guests from earlier in the evening.

Can the amateur sleuths reunite the painting with its owner before they dock in Venice? And, with danger lurking around every porthole, will Adam even make it to the altar?

All at Sea is the sixth 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:

Regular readers of my reviews will know that I have been enjoying the Stonebridge Mysteries series over the past few months. So what did I think about book 6 in the series?

I’m pleased to say that this was an excellent continuation of the series. Life for Adam and Colin has changed drastically since book one, The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello, when the two amateur sleuths had their first success at solving a crime.

This time Adam and Colin are leaving Stonebridge on a cruise ship, heading to Adam’s wedding location. Instead of a relaxing week, the friends find themselves embroiled in an art heist. Will they be able to work out who is the culprit? Will they arrive safely in time for Adam’s wedding? Will this be the last book in the series?

I recommend reading the book (and the whole series) to find out more. I’m looking forward to my special order paperback holding all six of the books arriving next month. I believe that the special edition is now sold out, but the individual books can be purchased directly from Red Dog Press or Amazon.

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


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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