A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald #BlogTour

February 7, 2020


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.


Thank you to the Red Dog Press and Chris McDonald for a copy of his debut thriller ‘A Wash of Black’.

When a famous actress is found, brutally murdered at an ice rink in a re-enactment of a scene from her latest movie, DI Erika Piper, a detective with a dark cloud hanging over her, investigates the crime.

What follows is a fast paced, twisty mystery that will keep you guessing and catch you out when the killer is revealed.

The main protagonists in Erika and her partner Liam are both likeable and believable which is no easy task, it’s very often I read a book and just can’t connect to the protagonist, but in DI Erika Piper, Chris McDonald brings a real authentic feeling character that you want to know more about and read more of.

The chapters aren’t overly long which helps the flow of this tale and it’s told in the first person by Erika which is always a style I like.

This is a very accomplished, well written and easy to pick up murder mystery that feels like it’s from a seasoned writer. So for me the fact it’s a first time author just shows how good Chris McDonald is likely to be.

This book feels like a story where the author enjoyed himself, and it’s a strong entry onto the crime thriller scene.

It’s a gripping, page turning tale. A great read and I would Highly Recommended to all crime fiction fans.

Chris McDonald is an author to watch out for..



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.

You can reach both Chris McDonald and the lovely people at Red Dog at the links down there 👇









You can buy the book by clicking the amazon link or go to www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

Or of course it’s Also available in all Libraries and Bookstores – Independent or otherwise!

And finally ...A giveaway!

 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.

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/YjU5MzljNjFlYTUzNDc2MTg3MzU5ZGUxYTgwMDU2OjI=/?

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