#BookReview #RosesForTheDead Chris McDonald @cmacwritescrime @RedDogTweets

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Source: Purchased via Amazon

I’m late to the party sharing my review of this cracking read! It’s been on my TBR for way too long but it was well worth the wait!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:


Rockstar Johnny Mayhem sits on his bed, holding a bloody baseball bat. On the floor, clutching a lavender rose in her fist, is his wife, Amanda, who he has just beaten to death. Erika Piper knows this because she is one of the first on the scene. Mayhem is arrested and led away, screaming that they’ve got the wrong man. But the evidence is irrefutable and when Mayhem is sentenced to life in prison, no one is surprised.

Thanks to new evidence, Johnny Mayhem is a now free man. During a television interview, he issues a thinly veiled threat to those involved in the original case before seemingly disappearing off the face of the Earth. When the body of Mayhem’s dealer is found, Erika Piper is pulled from the safety of her desk job and thrown into the hunt for the Rockstar. Can she find Mayhem before he can enact his revenge on everyone involved, including Erika? Or, has he been telling the truth all along? Did the police really get the wrong man?

My thoughts:

First of all, can we give praise to the cover! Just cast your beady eyes over this! Isn’t it just stunning! But what’s inside the pages is every bit as wonderful!

Going in for the kill, Chris McDonald nails the opening of Roses for the Dead, ensuring that “just one more chapter” was the mantra for my reading of this book!

Erika Piper has just returned to work and has promised her partner she will “take it easy” and accepts a desk bound job…now knowing Erika from Chris’s previous books, I’m reading this and shaking my head at her…Oh no you won’t Erika!

When convicted killer Johnny Mayhem (FANTASTIC name!) issues a warning to Erica Piper via a TV show, blaming her for his wrongful conviction in the run up to his appeal, Erika cannot help herself and soon finds herself completely embroiled in the case. The question is, will she be able to keep her promise to her partner and stay safe and take things easy…

Told from Erika’s point of view in first person, I really got inside her head and having a background understanding of what she has gone through professionally and personally it meant I was completely invested in her story. But don’t worry, you can read this as a standalone, but seriously why would you!

Set in Manchester and exploring the world of celebrity and substance misuse, Roses for the Dead has an energetic and urgent city vibe about it and the author paces the book accordingly.

In amongst the darkness there are flashes of humour and as such he brings. A real sense of authenticity to the book, reading it you feel part of the scenes, a part of the team and the investigation.

It’s hard not to feel for Erika in this novel, those who have read the others know the trauma she faced and how it had impacted on her role and to see her wrestle with the desire to be back on the action versus her family was expertly written.

Full of twists and turns, expertly plotted and perfectly paced, Roses for the Dead,  kept me on my toes all the way through.

Roses for the Dead is available to purchase via:

Red Dog Press




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