Firstly I wish to thank Simon Leonard for inviting me on this Blog Tour for BLUE MURDER by Mark L. Fowler
April 2003. Johnny and the Swamp Seeds are on the cusp of success when singer Johnny Richards goes missing. The body of a young man is found in the local canal.
But the dead man is not Johnny Richards.
DCI Jim Tyler leads the investigation into the brutal murder of Adam Lane, ex band member and friend of Richards since schooldays. Is the disappearance related? Is Richards alive or dead? Was he responsible for the death of his friend?
DS Danny Mills has concerns for DCI Tyler. The demons from Tyler’s past have caught up with him, threatening to tip him over the edge. Meanwhile, news of the singer’s disappearance has gone viral, sending the band to the top of the charts and turning a national spotlight on the case. Tyler is under immense pressure and Mills can see the cracks spreading.
Will Tyler and Mills find out what happened to Johnny Richards, and who killed Adam Lane – or is catastrophe looming for the stricken detective?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have to admit to being a little partial to Mark Fowler books, having read all of his previous books before. This one didn’t disappoint either. Blue Murder is the second in the Tyler Mills series where a little more is found out about this chalk and cheese pair of Detectives. Set in 2003 there is a little more to the interview side of investigations rather than the scientific side. The story opens with a murder where the victim clearly knows the killer so it gives the reader a bit of a heads up. Mark Fowler doesn’t cloud the water of the investigation either as it is kept to quite a small group of suspects as to who the murderer is.
The victim, uni student Adam Lane, was a talented young man, an ex-band member of an up and coming pop band and with a complicated love life that involves estranged sisters and best mates from school, so plenty to go on for an investigation. This story takes the reader into the seedier side of the pop industry as well as internal battles of some of the testosterone fuelled group members.
I really loved the continuing development between Tyler and Mills with the story set in Stoke on Trent, a town very close to where I live. Mills is a London man in a small town and still fighting demons that re-surface in violent out bursts. There are some cracks appearing and I have warmed to this man tremendously. The dry humour is something that I am loving along with Tyler’s answer to most things, a nice cuppa tea, biscuits and cake.
Very much looking forward to more from Mark Fowler and this super duo.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
He is also the author of THE MAN UPSTAIRS, featuring hard-boiled detective Frank Miller, and SILVER, a psychological thriller. Mark’s first book, COFFIN MAKER, continues to defy any attempts to categorise it.