A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald #blogtour @RedDogTweets @cmacwritescrime

Today I’m really excited to be kicking off the blog tour for A Wash of Black! I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved so a huge thanks go to Red Dog for my blog tour invite and my review copy of the book.

What’s the book about?


Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.
The body of a famous actress is found mutilated on an ice rink in Manchester, recreating a scene from a blockbuster film she starred in years ago.
DI Erika Piper, having only recently returned to work after suffering a near-fatal attack herself, finds she must once again prove her worth as the hunt for the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer’ intensifies.
But when another body is found and, this time, the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must do more than put aside her demons to crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.

If you like Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Cara Hunter, you will love this.

My review

Oh I did love this book! I was attracted to it originally due to the setting of Altrincham, and surrounding areas in Manchester, as it’s an area I know well but I really hadn’t expected to become quite so utterly gripped by DI Erika Piper and her team.

A Wash of Black had a brilliantly addictive storyline with a protagonist you could really care about as her private life became as intriguing as her professional one. A past tragedy has changed Erikas perspective on life but it’s time to put everything behind her when she is given a high profile murder case for her return to work. A famous actress has been found murdered on an ice rink in a copy of one of her most popular movie scenes but when a second body is found, Erika finds herself on a very personal hunt for a serial killer.

Chris McDonald has written a gutsy and gruesome crime thriller with so many twists and turns I had no idea who the killer was or their motives for the shocking ways in which they dispatched their victims. The local settings were used to great effect especially The Trafford Centre cinema which will never be the same again for me after what happens there!

Erika herself was a likeable character and the way in which her story was unravelled kept me on my toes throughout. And so I’m thrilled that this is being marketed as DI Erika Piper #1. I definitely feel there is more intrigue to come from her so can’t wait to meet her again. The last page gave me a glimpse into her future and it’s one I definitely want to be a part of!

A brilliant start to this series and highly recommended for crime fans!

Meet 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.

He’s a fan of 5-a-side football, has an eclectic taste in music ranging from Damien Rice to Slayer and loves dogs.



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Buy Links:

The buy link for Amazon is: mybook.to/AWOB and people can also buy the paperback and hardback editions direct from us on www.reddpgpress.co.uk/shop 

Also available in all Libraries and Bookstores – Independent or otherwise!

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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