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Ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows, unwarranted confidence and a crime investigating duo…. The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello by Christopher McDonald, Narrated by Stephen Armstrong @IsisAudio @CMacWritesCrime @RedDogTweets #TheCuriousDispatch #TheStonebridgeMysteries

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello: A modern cosy mystery with a classic crime feel (The Stonebridge Mysteries Book 1) by [Chris McDonald]
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 wedding guest and groomsman, Adam Whyte.

Armed with an encyclopedic, but ultimately ridiculous knowledge of television detective shows and an 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.

Welcome to the first Reading Closet review of the year, it’s been quite a dry time but I’m hoping to kick start my love affair with my blog with an Isis Audio produced audiobook; The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello, written by Christopher McDonald and narrated by Stephen Armstrong. Thanks goes to Isis Audio and Aimee for the opportunity to not only organise the tour for the first in The Stonebridge Mysteries, but also for the gifted audiobook to listen to in preparation for today’s review.

The Curious Dispatch of Daniel Costello was published on the 1st of January 2022, what a way to kick of the year, with a listening time of 2 hours 56 minutes, it’s the perfect audiobook for commutes, that new year’s resolution gym trip or just for a wind down before bed! You can grab yourself a copy here!

So, what did I think? That’s why we are here isn’t it?
Well, I loved, no, ADORED, this slice of Irish cozy crime mystery. I loved it the first time around, when I got to read the words but the narration by Stephen Armstrong brings not only the story Christopher penned to life, but also the characters. Adam and Colin, our protagonists, are positively the duo who you can’t help but fall in love with and face palm over occasionally. With wit and their interest in crime solving, our brilliant duo go Poirot and Marple (which one is which though?!) to investigate the death of Daniel Costello, the best man at a wedding they’re both attending. With a number of threads dangling, who? When? Why? Where? How? Christopher Macdonald ravels a tale together, one that will have you sinking deeper and deeper into the storyline, working you like a puppet until the final reveal of this classic-meets-contemporary who-dunnit is resolved. Entertaining and fun, with equal sprinklings of suspense and compulsion, this series is one to dive right into, especially with the helping hand of the talented narrator, Stephen Armstrong – he carefully and perfectly embodies Christopher’s characters, enveloping their personalities and just getting the essence of the storyline spot on. Incredible!

I have loved this series and I can’t wait to experience them in the audiobook format! Christopher’s writing goes from strength to strength – Go and check out all his books!

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