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Title: Dead In The Water by Chris McDonald

Publisher: Red Dog Press

Date Published: 27th March 2021

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Description:

The Stonebridge Regatta is looming. The town’s annual face-off against neighbouring Meadowfield is usually a weekend filled with sunshine, laughter and camaraderie. 

This year is different.

A week before the race, the body of Stonebridge team captain Matthew Henderson is found dead in the water. The police file his passing as a tragic accident however, his grieving widow disagrees and suspects foul play is involved. She enlists the help of Adam and Colin, the town’s amateur (self-proclaimed) private detectives to unearth the truth.

Did Matthew simply slip and fall into the water, or is there more to his death below the surface?

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon: mybook.to/DITW

The Red Dog Shop: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/dead-in-the-water

Review:

I want to thank Red Dog Press for providing me with a copy of Dead In The Water in exchange for an honest review.

I’m so glad to be back with Adam and Colin for the second in the Stonebridge mysteries. If you haven’t read the first, The Curious Case of Daniel Costello, Dead In The Water can be read as a standalone, but I would personally recommend reading the first as it’s such a good novella!

If you don’t know this series, they are cozy mysteries set in the small Irish town of Stonebridge following two amateur sleuths and best friends Adam and Colin.

A grieving widow comes to Adam, convinced that her husband didn’t drown by accident. Adam is busy with his new gardening business but the lure of a mystery is too much for him to turn down, even roping poor put upon Colin to help.

As I said in my previous review, both Adam and Colin are very likeable sleuths and I enjoyed the fact Colin got a more central role in this book rather than just being a sidekick type character.

This story has a snappy pace and even though it’s only a short book, there’s still plenty of suspects, clues and red herrings to keep you guessing.

I felt the actual mystery wasn’t quite as funny as the first, but of course that’s just my opinion.

Dead in the water is a well-written whodunnit with likeable sleuths underpinned with some subtle humour. I’m looking forward to more Stonebridge mysteries in the future!

About the Author:

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. 

#BlogTour #Review Dead In The Water by Simon Bower @SimonBowerBooks @MiddleFarmPress #damppebblesblogtours #DeadInTheWaterBook

I was lucky enough to read this book earlier this year and today I’m re-sharing my review as part of the damppebbles blog tour. First a little about the book: 

Title: Dead In The Water by Simon Bower

Publisher: Middle Farm Press

Date Published: 9th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Was it murder, suicide or an accident? Who will be next to die?

Six international friends all appear to be successful, albeit to different levels. A human rights’ lawyer, an IT geek, a businessman, a waitress, a phone guy and a physiotherapist. None of them are known to the police.

One of them must know what happened that fateful night on the catamaran.

Agent Georges Fournier is assigned the case in the French resort town near Antibes. He’s short on time, with a growing health problem and a District Attorney who just wants the case closed as accidental. But he’s not letting go.


Chrissie is a single mother and respected flight attendant in New York. When she finds out who her father is, she’s ecstatic and wants to meet him.

But within a week she’d wish she’d never known.

Published by Middle Farm Press in May 2018 and only 99p to download on Kindle for a limited time!

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Water-Simon-Bower-ebook/dp/B07CVQH56L/ref=la_B07CVX87L6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529592666&sr=1-1

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Water-Simon-Bower-ebook/dp/B07CVQH56L/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1529592739

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/dead-in-the-water/simon-bower/9780992889692

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/dead-in-the-water,simon-bower-9780992889692

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Review:

I have to say this book turned out to be not quite what I expected. From the synopsis, I thought ‘Oh, yes this going to be the usual murder mystery,’ but there was kidnapping, blackmail with plenty of twists and turns and a little bit steamy to boot.

The prologue to the book starts off quite intriguing with an unidentified woman just on the edge of consciousness about to drown. Then it travels back five months and we meet the rest of the cast. Charlie, a bit of a chancer always bemoaning his luck. Ana, a seductress and Charlie’s girlfriend. Scott, Charlie’s brother, trapped in a loveless marriage, a bit jealous of his younger brother. Len and Mia Hubbard, Charlie and Scott’s aunt and uncle, Len is a bit of a dodgy business man and Mia is a human rights lawyer. Chrissie, a flight attendant, who wants to find her father. And lastly Agent Fournier, a policeman used to dealing with small crimes but he’s determined to prove his worth. I didn’t find most of the characters are overly likeable but I thought they were very realistically portrayed.

I think this is the most I’ve travelled within one book! There’s New York, Los Angeles, Switzerland, London, France, Holland, Monaco…phew I just thought of all the air miles these characters must have clocked up!

Unfortunately, I found the time line bounced around quite a bit and I felt there may have been a plot hole or two. Also a bit confusing at times as the cast was large and with each one having their own chapters it was hard to keep track of.

I’d recommend this for fans of fast paced, character driven thrillers.

About The Author:

Simon Bower is a British and Canadian author born in Berkshire in 1973. Since 1998, he’s36222877_10156287174578828_4215712758408151040_o adopted a global lifestyle, setting up home at times in Europe, Africa and North America.  In 2016 Simon turned to writing full time, which led to his first published work, Dead in the Water, being released in paperback and eBook by Middle Farm Press in 2018. Simon currently lives in France, near the Swiss border, where his young family, mountains, acrylic paint and sharpened skis keep him in regular mischief.

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#BookReview Dead In The Water by Simon Bower @simonbowerbooks

Title: Dead In The Water by Simon Bower

Publisher: Middle Farm Press

Date Published: 9th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

THE HOT NEW INTERNATIONAL CRIME THRILLER THAT YOU CAN’T PUT DOWN!

Was it murder, suicide or an accident? Who will be next to die?

Six international friends all appear to be successful, albeit to different levels. A human rights’ lawyer, an IT geek, a businessman, a waitress, a phone guy and a physiotherapist. None of them are known to the police.

One of them must know what happened that fateful night on the catamaran.

Agent Georges Fournier is assigned the case in the French resort town near Antibes. He’s short on time, with a growing health problem and a District Attorney who just wants the case closed as accidental. But he’s not letting go.


Chrissie is a single mother and respected flight attendant in New York. When she finds out who her father is, she’s ecstatic and wants to meet him.

But within a week she’d wish she’d never known.

Review:

I have to say this book turned out to be not quite what I expected. From the synopsis, I thought ‘Oh, yes this going to be the usual murder mystery,’ but there was kidnapping, blackmail with plenty of twists and turns and a little bit steamy to boot.

The prologue to the book starts off with an unidentified woman just on the edge of consciousness about to drown. Then it travels back five months and we meet the rest of the cast. Charlie, a bit of a chancer always bemoaning his luck. Ana, a seductress and Charlie’s girlfriend. Scott, Charlie’s brother, trapped in a loveless marriage, a bit jealous of his younger brother. Len and Mia Hubbard, Charlie and Scott’s aunt and uncle, Len is a bit of a dodgy business man and Mia is a human rights lawyer. Chrissie, a flight attendant, who wants to find her father. And lastly Agent Fournier, a policeman used to dealing with small crimes but he’s determined to prove his worth. I didn’t find most of the characters are overly likeable but I thought they were very realistically portrayed.

I think this is the most I’ve travelled within one book! There’s New York, Los Angeles, Switzerland, London, France, Holland, Monaco…few I just thought of all the air miles these characters must have clocked up!

Unfortunately, I found the time line bounced around quite a bit and I felt there may have been a plot hole or two. Also a bit confusing at times as the cast was large and with each one having their own chapters it was hard to keep track of.

I’d recommend this for fans of fast paced, character driven thrillers.

About The Author:

Berkshire born Simon Bower has spent his adult life global living. In 2018, his debut fiction work Dead in the Water was published in paperback and eBook by Middle Farm Press. 36222877_10156287174578828_4215712758408151040_o

He picked up many of the stimuli for Dead in the Water from his periods living in France, Holland and North America. An unfulfilled love of sailing inspired the fateful catamaran scenes on the Côte d’Azur, although in real life that was set on Australia’s East Coast, and no-one died. Time in the Philippines helped develop the Boracay chapters while the Oxford and London venues are his bread and butter.

Simon’s a keen home chef and adores a slow cooked red curry – hot from the outset with a surprising kick in the tail. He despises being served up literary ready meals – warmed up quickly and predictably bland throughout…

Simon currently lives in France, near the Swiss border, where his young family, the mountains, acrylic paint and sharpened skis keep him in regular mischief. His influences and favourite authors include: Iain Banks, William Boyd, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Terry Hayes, Peter James, Dean Koontz, Peter May and Stieg Larsson.

Simon loves hearing from readers, through Amazon and Goodreads reviews, and @simonbowerbooks on Facebook and Twitter.