THE MAN UPSTAIRS by MARK L FOWLER #Book Review @MFowlerAuthor



Frank Miller, hero of the best-selling mystery novels written by The Man Upstairs, works the weird streets of Chapeltown as a private detective. During the legendary case of the Black Widow everything changed when Frank became aware of his fictional existence. Proclaimed at the time as a work of genius, Frank wonders if it was the first sign that The Man Upstairs was sick. This latest case, involving the death of a care worker, and coinciding with the appointment of Chapeltown’s first elected mayor, has Frank baffled. The Man Upstairs appears to be losing the plot, giving the womanising Frank a steady girlfriend, Marge, who warns him that to survive he must change from the tired cliche that he has become. As the case darkens Frank recognises the depth of his creator’s sickness. His days are numbered as clearly as the pages in the books in which he features. The looming battle with the Mayor of Chapeltown is nothing less than the battle to save himself, Marge, the series – and the mind of The Man Upstairs. The Man Upstairs is plotting to kill Frank Miller and take Chapeltown to hell.”



How I love Mark Fowler’s books as I know that he just simply has his very own distinctive style of writing and well, here we go again, this is a little gem. What do the characters of books do in between the author having breaks? As a book lover I often think of characters I read about as people I care for, especially in a series. So what if they all have their own little lives? The author to Frank Miller, the main character in his book, is known as The Man Upstairs or TMU. There is that comparison of course that I couldn’t help but make between Frank’s concern of his fate being in the hands of his creator and me being in the hands of mine. Both our destinies controlled by our makers.

Frank soon becomes aware that things have changed that haven’t been written about and he has to investigate the possibility that his own existence may be on the line, especially after the election of a corrupt Mayor he knew nothing about. Being the star of 20 books in this series, Frank isn’t going to go easily.

It all sounds so very intriguing and to be honest it is. I liked Frank and his special lady in the blue pyjamas, it all just made me smile. It was like watching an old Bogart and Bacall movie play out, the sort of 1940’s spiel  of how they use to talk to each other, the characters names and of course the raincoat that just topped it all off. This is just the cherry on top type stuff, if of course you love the old Private Eye type detectives. Simply spiffing old boy! But will Frank make it to book 21?





Born and raised in the Domesday village of Penkhull, Staffordshire, I graduated in Philosophy at Leicester University. I spent a few years as a singer/songwriter in an indie band before concentrating on writing fiction.

I’ve been writing fiction for many years, but my novel writing really took off when I attended writing workshops run by Peter James, Andrew Taylor, Graham Hurley and Laura Wilson. I have a particular interest in psychological thrillers, crime fiction, contemporary and gothic fantasy and horror. A dark streak of humour runs through everything I write.

In 2014 I published COFFIN MAKER, a gothic novel/dark fable in which Death is sent two apprentices amid rumours that the Devil has arrived on Earth. On and off I must have spent about 20 years writing this book until I finally let it go.

In 2015 I published THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring the hard-boiled detective Frank Miller. Frank discovers that he is the hero of a series of best-selling detective mysteries – but that his author, The Man Upstairs, is planning to kill him off and end the series. I’m hoping to write a second in the series before long.

In 2016, SILVER, a psychological crime thriller, was published by Bloodhound Books. SILVER is a thriller with an edge of horror and the occult, and at the same time a satirical novel about the publishing industry.

At the end of 2016, my short crime story, OUT OF RETIREMENT, was included in the DARK MINDS collection, featuring a number of well known authors. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to charity.

Dark Minds: a charity collection of short stories from some of your favourite authors by [Authors, Various, Ron Nicholson]
Silver by [Fowler, Mark L.]
Coffin Maker by [Fowler, Mark L.]
The Man Upstairs by [Fowler, Mark]


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