Please find my stop on the brilliant The Man Upstairs blog tour by Mark Fowler.
Frank Miller, hero of the best-selling mystery novels written by The Man Upstairs, works the weird streets of Chapeltown as a private detective. During the legendary case of the Black Widow everything changed when Frank became aware of his fictional existence. Proclaimed at the time as a work of genius, Frank wonders if it was the first sign that The Man Upstairs was sick. This latest case, involving the death of a care worker, and coinciding with the appointment of Chapeltown’s first elected mayor, has Frank baffled. The Man Upstairs appears to be losing the plot, giving the womanising Frank a steady girlfriend, Marge, who warns him that to survive he must change from the tired cliché that he has become. As the case darkens Frank recognises the depth of his creator’s sickness. His days are numbered as clearly as the pages in the books in which he features. The looming battle with the Mayor of Chapeltown is nothing less than the battle to save himself, Marge, the series – and the mind of The Man Upstairs. The Man Upstairs is plotting to kill Frank Miller and take Chapeltown to hell.
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I can’t believe I have never read any of mark Fowler’s books before but after reading this one I will definitely be getting the rest of them. the book follows Frank who is a private detective, similar to the ones from the 50s noir genre, who knows that he is a character in a book written by the man upstairs from the title of the book.
He is hired to find out what happened to a woman who was killed in a hit and run, which the police haven’t got any leads. the book reads like the Lazlo Eoodbine series by Robert Rankin and I absolutely loved it. the book is written in the first person so is always from his point of view, which I like because it means we learn everything at the same time he does.
The story flows beautifully and leads up to the final showdown with a lot of intensity.
I would recommend this to everyone who likes the 1950s detective genre and mystery and crime books. definite 5 star book from me.
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 (which I have reviewed previously), 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.
His new book, Red is the Colour, is being published at the end of May and I will be reviewing it and appearing on the blog tour on the 31st July