Wednesday 29 January 2020

BLOG TOUR: A Wash of Black (DI Erika Piper Book 1) - Chris McDonald

It's a fabulous Red Dog Press blog tour today and not only do you get to read my review of this AWESOME book, but there's an amazing giveaway to win your very own signed copy (along with a tote bag and a bookmark).  Make sure to enter as this is one book you definitely do not want to miss!


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.

What did I think?

Wow, what a debut!  A Wash of Black is simply outstanding and there's a lot of buzz on social media about Chris McDonald's debut; so take my advice and believe the hype!  Even better, it's the first in an exciting new crime series and I, for one, can't wait for the next DI Erika Piper instalment.

Stronger than the World's Strongest Man, A Wash of Black has an amazing strong female lead in DI Erika Piper.  I love how we meet her on her return to work after a year off following a traumatic incident; a year off that she refers to as 'enforced', which immediately gives us a sense of her character.  Erika's incident has damaged her more deeply than she is willing to admit but she's a tough cookie and plans to get on with her life after cutting out the rot that has infected her.

The storyline itself is sublime and deserves a virtual round of applause; with jaw dropping, unprecedented crime scenes and grisly eye-popping murders, it's a crime reader's dream!  Set in Manchester, it's Northern crime with a hint of Hollywood and with murders literally out of the movies, it would be a travesty if this isn't picked up by Netflix.  I was completely hooked and had my eyes glued permanently to the page, unable to put it down for a second, until I had devoured every single perfectly crafted word.  

I think I was starting to get a little oversaturated and bored with crime writing but Chris McDonald has made me fall back in love with the genre with his perfectly plotted and highly original debut.  This is a cracking piece of crime fiction and I know I'm going to be recommending A Wash of Black for a long time to come.  Seriously, you really don't want to miss this one!

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating:

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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.

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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Rafflecopter Giveaway:

Details: The prize is a signed Hardback edition of A Wash of Black, along with a Go Away I’m Reading Tote Bag and a Luxury Bookmark.

The giveaway runs from 28th Jan to 11th Feb, and we (Red Dog Press) will announce the randomly chosen winner on the evening of the 11th Feb (GMT)

Routes to entry are all on the giveaway link, but basically, sign up to Red Dog Press Reader’s Club (which also gets you discounts in our store, a free eBook, and latest news from us), following us on twitter. Entrants who tweet our promo tweet get two bonus entries.

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