Mistletoe and Crime by Chris McDonald

Format: Hardback, Paperback and ebook

Published by: Red Dog Press

Just oozes Christmas

Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

For novellas Chris McDonald sure packs a lot in, Mistletoe and Crime is no different as Adam discovers a body which the Police dismiss as an accident, Adam and Colin are soon on the case.

There is something about the way the author writes the characters that just resonates, we all know an Adam and Colin, in someways we all want to be them, they are instantly relatable to, they have a genuine friendship which come across so well on the page, you can also the way they have developed and grown as people in each book. The author creates characters which are well rounded, the main suspects each have something which they are hiding, which Adam and Colin in their inimitable style have a way of unpicking and unraveling, however, two standout character’s for me are Barry and Doris you can really imagine them creating mischief. Stonebridge itself as a location reveals more of the town in each book given a real sense of place

The book is wonderfully plotted and moves in real time, the pace slick, the twists are there and your never quite sure whodunnit. A book set in the modern day so risks have to be taken and some unsavoury characters quizzed, however as amateur sleuths Adam and Colin have a certain charm and manner which gets people talking often without them realising they are.

Taken everything in, combined with a wry humour which had me laughing out loud, cosy crime at its best.

In style like Christie the clues slowly reveal themselves with a denouement to match

A perfect Christmas read, sit down Christmas Eve, mince pie, mulled wine and Adam and Colin

You can imagine these books making for wonderful Radio 4 plays

Cannot recommend these books enough, building up into one terrific series, don’t miss out start with book one and indulge yourself

5*

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