McNulty’s Meats, one of Stonebridge’s oldest businesses, is about to be taken over in a lucrative deal that would make brothers Ron and Kevin very rich men indeed. Unfortunately for them, local activist Tyler Love has other ideas. Convinced that the deal would be bad for the town, he burns the place to the ground and inadvertently kills himself in the process.
At least, that’s what the police think.
Tyler’s mum disagrees and pleads with amateur sleuths Adam and Colin to investigate. Although, going up against the psychopathic McNulty brothers, a rival businessman, a group of hippies, and a girlfriend with secrets of her own might not be such a good idea… Someone has something to hide, and will go to great lengths to keep that secret buried.
Meat is Murder is the third book in The Stonebridge Mysteries series of Cosy Crime novellas.
About the series:
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…
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. A Wash of Black is his first attempt at writing a book. He came up with the initial idea whilst feeding his baby in the middle of the night, which may not be the best thing to admit, considering the content. He is a fan of 5-a-side football, heavy metal and dogs. Whispers in the Dark is the second installment in the DI Erika Piper series, and Chris is currently working on his latest series, The Stonebridge Mysteries, published by Red Dog Press in 2021.
Another fantastic instalment in the Stonebridge Series.
Adam and Colin are developing as characters and it clearly shows how life has moved on, and things are changing for them. Both characters are well rounded and likeable, making you want to invest your time in them.
These are short reads, so perfect if you only have time to read something quickly, or a full length novel isn’t your thing.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you get short changed on a short story. These have to be some of my favourite books. Cosy crime has become something I now enjoy, and I’d say that was solely due to the writing of Chris McDonald.
There’s always humour and real down to earth things in the pages, although there’s a great balance of escapism too.
If you’ve not yet read any of these books, I’d strongly suggest you put that right quickly. I also have to save the covers of these books are fantastic. Very classic Agatha Christie mixed with up to date design.
With thanks to the publisher and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.