The Case of the Missing Firefly by Chris McDonald

Format: Paperback, Hardback or e-book

Published: Red Dog

The Case of the Missing Firefly is the fourth in the Stonebridge Mysteries series of cosy crime novellas.


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 pay day 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.

Now, faced with devious radio presenters, a strange tour guide, and a rampaging murderer, Adam and Colin are back in business.

My Thoughts:

Spoiler Free:

This is a novella, which maybe short in length, but boy does it pack it all in. Murder, theft and mystery abound. Adam and Colin are not you average amateur detectives, trouble just seems to find them as is the case here set on Northern Ireland’s most haunted Island.

The writing is always on point, fresh, sharp and always packs a punch, but In amongst this just a wry sense of humour and some genuine moments and lines which make you laugh out loud.

Fast paced, the author manages to keep you guessing, red herrings abound. You get a real feel for the location mixed with the characters and the way the authors makes them come alive of the page, Damien was a definite favourite you can almost picture him in your head

The plotting of the story as with the others in the series is ingenious, and the reveals are almost Christieesque

This is the 4th in the series and so you can see how Adam and Colin have grown and developed as character’s as much as they are individuals it is the way they spark of each other, there is a genuine friendship and thanks to the authors writing you can see them starting to mature.

The author has a knack for giving the reader a real sense and feel for the location combined with characters that are fully formed

As a series it has TV written all over it

This is a highly enjoyable read, the series has been a breath of fresh air and a delight to read, whilst each easily read as stand-alones , read them in order. Highly recommend, however you like your crime fiction

I’ve read a lot of crime fiction over 50+ years and discovering the novels of Chris McDonald has been a real joy, an author to watch out for


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