Blog Tour: A Wash of Black by Chris McDonald


Anna Symons. Famous. Talented. Dead.
When 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 must find the culprit; the media-dubbed ‘Blood Ice Killer.’
Having recently returned to work after suffering a near fatal attack herself, she must once again prove her worth. But when another body is found, and the killer issues a personal threat, Erika must put her demons aside and crack the case, or suffer the deadly consequences.


Blog Tour

The Blog Tour is arranged by the Red Dog Press who tweets at @RedDogTweets


Chris McDonald – The Author

ChrisMacDonaldOriginally 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.

He tweets at @cmacwritescrime


Here is what I though of it

As I have mentioned my pet peeve many times before, every one just knows. This one, too, had that going for it. You guessed it right. The book is in the first person narrative!


  • The story was intriguing enough for me to continue and overlook the pet peeve. I was rooting for this character (Erika) as she puzzled the pieces together.
  • The structure of the novel was  well formed with the characters showing more dimensions to them as the story progressed despite it all being from the perspective of just one character.
  • The pace of the story was a tad bit slow for me but the situations fit in the arranged timeline of the story.
  • The writing style needs a little more development as that will put better clarity on the prose and enhance the visuals in a reader’s mind without using many words.
  • Some characters, in my opinion, were not really needed as they did nothing for the plot or the lives of the characters as far as I could understand.

To end with, I’d say that whenever book 2 comes out, I am definitely reading it because I want to see Tom following up on what his last words have been in this book. Nope, not telling anything about those words or the context.

A solid three stars from my side.

Definitely give it a read.

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