Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for Red is the Colour by Mark Fowler.
Bullying. Corruption. Murder.
It is the summer of 2002. The corpse of a 15 year old boy, missing for thirty years, is discovered in Stoke-on-Trent. The city is on the cusp of change and Chief Superintendent Berkins wants the case solved quickly.
DCI Jim Tyler has arrived from London under a cloud, moving to Staffordshire to escape his past. He is teamed up with DS Danny Mills to investigate the case, but there is tension between the detectives.
When the dead boy’s sister comes forward, describing a bright, solitary child, she points a finger at the school bullies. Important careers may be at stake.
Then one of the bullies is found brutally murdered.
As Tyler and Mills dig deeper they start to suspect a cover-up.
What is the connection between the death of a schoolboy in 1972 and this latest killing?
With the pressure building, and the past catching up with DCI Tyler, will he and DS Mills be able to put aside their differences in order to catch a cold-blooded killer?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Having read Mark Fowlers first three books, which are all independent stand alone novels, I felt that I knew his style of writing but how wrong I was. His books for me have always had a quirkiness about them but this one conforms more with be it for a better word normality.
The grim discovery of a 15 year old boy’s skeletal remains, unearthed by diggers and found by a determined dog after a bone, would finally solve the disappearance, 30 years after the fact, of Alan Dale. This is such a sad story where pure detective work and the right questions gradually build a picture of this young man’s solitary life at school and at home but not like pieces of a jigsaw but more like a precarious game of jenga. This was a matter of finding out who the players had been and the same names kept coming up.
The story falls back to the 1970’s through the interview process which reveals an era of physical punishments by teachers and a very different outlook on bullying. This really is how it was and Mark Fowler captures it all perfectly. Will someone break and tell the truth after all these years?
Set in Stoke on Trent it brings together two unlikely detectives, DCI Jim Tyler and DS Danny Mills or as you could call them chalk and cheese because these two just don’t hit it off. It makes for an interesting partnership and I am really biting at the reigns to find out how these two fair in coming books. I am certainly loving this new Mark Fowler.
I wish to thank Bloodhound books for an ARC of this book for review purpose which I have done in an honest and unbiased way.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.
His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.
Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.
In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.
Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.
The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds will go to charity.
A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks.