Today I am pleased to be on the blog tour for Red Is The Colour by Mark Fowler. Thank you to Sarah Hardy for the copy and for swapping days with me.
A GRIPPING NEW POLICE THRILLER
Bullying. Corruption. Murder.
It is the summer of 2002. The corpse of a 15 year old boy, who has been 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, which puts important careers at stake.
Then one of the bullies is found brutally murdered and when 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.
This is quite an old fashioned type of crime book. It isn’t fast paced and there aren’t a lot of twists or sudden reveals in it. Instead the policemen set about unraveling the story slowly through face to face interviews and research rather then relying on crime databases and forensics.
At it’s heart, is a very poignant and real issue that can effect everyone in their lifetime – bullying. As the story unravels and you discover more about the victim, you can’t help but feel sorry for the lonely boy and the suffering he experienced. It also helps raise some important issues like who should have stepped in to stop bullying and why didn’t they. This is a continuing theme throughout the book with hints as to a cover up often mentioned.
The book also highlights the difference in the methods used for discipline and punishment in the 1970’s compared to now. I think it’s fair to say some of them would definitely not be allowed now!
The central partnership of DCI Taylor and DC Mills was an fraught and interesting one. The two men are very different from each other with different methods of doing things. They dislike each other almost instantly which makes having to work together quite hard. Their banter or arguments did help provide some much needed comic relief throughout the novel.
This is Mark L. Fowler’s fourth book, but it is the first that I have read. I do wonder if there will be a sequel to this book using the same characters as I would like to follow their story more.
Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the ARC and the chance to be on the blog tour.
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.
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