A fun and easy read.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Wedding bells are chiming in the idyllic, coastal town of Stonebridge. For Sam and Emily, it should be the happiest day of their lives. But, on the morning of the ceremony, the best man is found dead.
The police quickly write his death off as a tragic accident, but something doesn’t seem right to the wedding guest and groomsman, Adam Whyte.
Armed with an encyclopedic, but ultimately ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows and unwarranted confidence in his own abilities, Adam and his best friend (and willing Watson) Colin, set out to uncover what actually happened to Daniel Costello.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
The best man, Daniel Costello, is dead. The police write it off as an accident. But Adam is not convinced. He sets out to do some detective work of his own, inspired by his hero Sherlock Holmes. His best friend, Colin, aids him. Do they succeed? Read The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald to find out.
At first, I didn’t think Adam will succeed in his investigation. He cannot hold a job for a long time, lives with his mother, is socially awkward, and keeps on watching the Sherlock series. I was doubtful if such a nonchalant guy could carry out an investigation.
However, McDonald sprang a surprise on me. Adam and Colin diligently carry out the investigation, picking up the breadcrumbs of the case and piecing together the jigsaw puzzle one piece at a time. The fieldwork is done mostly by Colin and Adam is the brains behind the operation.
MacDonald does not deceive the reader. Both Adam and Colin are amateurs, and it reflects in the story. There is no attempt to pass them off as experienced detectives. The plot is deceptively simple, but the murderer was not easy to figure out. At least I could not.
I also liked the partnership of Adam and Colin. Both compare themselves to Sherlock and Watson, but, well, they get ahead of themselves a bit.
Moreover, the book is brisk paced. Short chapters and a lucid prose make it easy to follow Adam and Colin’s line of thought. I finished the book in three days and would have finished sooner if I my studies did not get in the way.
It was a fun and easy read. I would recommend The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Chris McDonald to lovers of old-fashioned detective fiction.
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Many thanks to Meggy @ Red Dog Press for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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, to be published by Red Dog Press in 2021.