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Whispers in the Dark

(The second book in the DI Erika Piper series)
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Who will heed the call when Death comes whispering?

Small time drug dealer, Marcus Stone and DCI Clive Burston had never met until one night in August. By the end of that night, both had been shot dead in a small bedroom in the heart of gang territory.

DI Erika Piper is called to the scene but is at a loss to explain what’s happened. How did these two even meet, let alone end up dead in what appears to be a strange murder-suicide? As Erika leads the investigation, another two bodies are found, killed in a similar fashion. One murder, one suicide. But who is controlling this macabre puppet show?

As Erika delves deeper into the lives of the dead, the pieces begin to fit together and a number of nefarious characters crawl out of the woodwork – one of whom is almost certainly pulling the strings.

A catastrophic event and a personal miracle threaten to derail the investigation. Erika must find the strength to continue, before the whispers catch up with her too…


‘A gritty, chilling, gut-punch of a novel. Chris McDonald’s star is on the rise and DI Erika Piper is a masterful creation. Brilliant.’ Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End.

‘McDonald proves once again that he is not just one to watch, but a brightly emerging star of UK crime fiction.’ Rob Parker, author of Far From The Tree.

‘Wow! Chris McDonald has written a book that will make your heart and head spin!’ S.E. Moorhead, author of Witness X.

‘Emotive, real, compulsive and thrilling! Chris McDonald demonstrates what an accomplished author he is with the latest in the DI Erika Piper series’ Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson series.

‘Not only a thrilling mystery, but in the way it delivers its thrills becomes an exploration of grief, and of how past pain can be reclaimed into future joy.’ Dominic Nolan, author of After Dark.

’DI Erika Piper is a great addition to the crime fiction family, and deserves a place on everyone’s reading pile.’ Rob Scragg, author of the Porter and Styles series.

Dark, visceral and a worthy sequel to A Wash of Black. Neil Lancaster, author of the Tom Novac series.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Chris McDonald's Whispers in the Dark

Hardback Editions

November 2020 : UK Hardback

Title: Whispers in the Dark (2) (Di Erika Piper)
Author(s): Chris McDonald
ISBN: 1-913331-38-5 / 978-1-913331-38-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Red Dog Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

October 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: Whispers in the Dark: 2 (DI Erika Piper)
Author(s): Chris McDonald
ISBN: 1-913331-23-7 / 978-1-913331-23-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Red Dog Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

November 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Whispers in the Dark: An action-packed police procedural thriller with a punch. (DI Erika Piper Book 2)
Author(s): Chris McDonald
Publisher: Red Dog Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU