RED Is The Colour By Mark. L. Fowler

Published 25/7/17 by Bloodhound Books. 

available as E Copy and Paperback. 

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?

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?

DCI Tyler and DS Mills have a fractious relationship to say the least. 

I found this brought a different tension to the story, but did not take away from the main elements of the uncovering of the crime...or if there had been one committed at all. This kepts me interested in watching there relationship develop while hoping they could work it out enough to focus on what had happerned previously, 30 years ago. 

When the layers of the story began to unfold, I found myself absorbed back in to the days of the 70's. Mark captured the era so well and being born in the early 70's, there was slight reminissing also. Bullying at school was different to now, but no less innocent, just because there wasn't devices. 

I found this a wrenching read to get to the heart of why? it was full of suspense with a touch of who done it nature, however this was cleverly balanced with newer up to date crimes. 
The timelines worked while reading and you weren't left floundering of where/when you were reading about. 

It is always uncomfortable to read about childhood deaths, as they are our future. Mark gave this story such believability it grabbed me heart and soul, and he was clever at holding his cards to his chest while revealing the information as we needed it. 

I am keeping this series on my radar and looking forward to where Tyler and Mills go on from here. A story to definitely invest your time in.