Blog Tour & Review – Red is the Colour by Mark L. Fowler

Welcome to the next stop on the RED IS THE COLOUR blog tour!

Big thanks to Bloodhound Books and the author, Mark L. Fowler, for the advanced copy and blog tour spot in exchange for my honest review.

The tagline instantly drew me in – “Bullying. Corruption. Murder”

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Book Description:

 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?


My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Another good crime book with Bloodhound Books and I’m excited to be apart of the blog tour! RED IS THE COLOUR by Mark L. Fowler is book one in a new crime series the follows Detective Tyler and Detective Mills. With a tagline like, “Bullying. Corruption. Murder.” how could you not be intrigued?

After a body is discovered, Detectives Tyler and Mills are called in to work on this formerly cold case. The body is that of a missing 15 year old boy, Alan Dale. Only thing, he’s been missing for thirty years. Understandably so, the Chief wants this case solved as quickly as possible.

In their investigation they talk with Alan’s sister, she describes her brother as a bright kid who kept to himself. She tells them of the horrific bullying he endured and she gives Tyler and Mills some names. Only problem is that some of these names are now very important people with big connections. However, with the case progressing, one of the bullies is murdered. What is the connection between the murder of Alan Dale in 1972 and this new murder?

This was very interesting to read because of the relationship between the two detectives. They didn’t get along very well, but they had to work together. It’s very different having the two detectives in a crime series not mesh well – typically they’re very close and are on the same page. Well, not these two. It’ll be interesting to see where they go in future books.

The topic of bullying is in the forefront of this novel. An always present topic it seems. What Alan endured in school is unfortunate, and Fowler does a great job capturing how school was in the 1970’s. Bullying was looked upon differently then compared to now. I really enjoyed Fowler’s writing style, the only issues that I had was the flow/pacing of the book, and then the ending. After all of the build up throughout the book it didn’t feel climatic enough (if that makes sense!)

Overall though, I really enjoyed the read and the characters. I will definitely be looking forward to the next novel in the Tyler and Mills series! If you want a good police procedural with a tense dynamic between the characters and a very relevant and present topic, then this is the next crime book for you!


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.


Thank you for this great read and having me be apart of the tour! Have you read any of his other books?



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