A mysterious welcome to the Book Blast for The Case of the Missing Firefly by Chris McDonald! I just HAD to sign up when I got the invite. This book sounded right up my alley and I can tell it that it also actually was. Yep, I also got the chance to read it!
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I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange of an honest review.
I just cannot resist a good murder mystery… especially when it takes place on an island in the middle of a fierce storm so that they are disconnected from the mainland! Perfect setting for a murder!
In this book a group of workers (and their boss and his wife) are going for a BIG Halloween party over at an island. A storm is brewing and it isn’t just the weather. I loved reading about the island, about the characters (and not all of them were my cup of tea, Damien for instance was just creepy and annoying (though the ending made me like him more). Then there is a big reveal, the boss is quitting and everyone is fired. You can imagine that there is a better time to make announcements for that kind of stuff, and an island with a storm raging is not one of them. But hey, it made the pool of suspects bigger when things did happen.
I really liked seeing our duo (whose POV I kept mixing up as they were quite similar) sleuth and puzzle and see if they could figure out the whodunnit. They definitely make a good detective duo, maybe time to make it their real job? I did think it is funny that, just like many detective books I read, that death/murder/mystery follows these people. Just like how Poirot, no matter where he ends up, gets involved or how our girls from Murder Most Unladylike always find a dead body.
I absolutely LOVED how this book was set in the now but it felt like it was set in earlier times (like 1900-mid-1900s). It was just fab and it made the story even better~
The whodunnit? Well, I had a couple of people on my list, definitely also that person. I loved seeing our duo try to figure out who was the murderer and I loved following the hints and clues they found.
All in all, I really had fun reading this fun and exciting novella and I definitely will be checking out more of these by Chris McDonald.
About the author:
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.
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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.