Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review for the Devil Wore Black by Mark L. Fowler, which is the third book in the Tyler and Mills series.
The Devil Wore Black by Mark L. Fowler
Release Date: 22nd of March
Format: Kindle Format
Pages: 455 pages
Publisher: Self Published
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When a priest is found crucified, following the desecration of local churches, hysterical media coverage focuses on terrorism, and a satanic cult operating out in the wilds of North Staffordshire. Panic grips the city. DCI Tyler and DS Mills are under pressure as the toxic atmosphere deepens. One line of enquiry, involving historic allegations against the murdered priest, is close to home for Tyler and threatens to tip him over the edge.
But Mills has a hunch that could lead the investigation in a different direction, until a serious complaint is made against him. The investigation appears to have stalled, when a second ritual murder is discovered. The pressure to find the killer mounts, and as winter closes in the detectives find themselves pushed to the limits.
I first came across Mark’s work through a Facebook group, but I had yet to read any of his novels. When he reached out to see if I would like to review one of his books, I took the opportunity and here I am now about to review The Devil Wore Black, the third book in the Tyler and Mills series.
I was not familiar with this series not having read the first two books, but there is no problem reading The Devil Wore Black as a standalone. When I get the chance, I would love to go back to read the other two books to gain more insight into the leading men Tyler and Mills.
For The Devil Wore Black, Mark has crafted a thrilling plot, with an opening not for the faint-hearted. Its controversial subject matter is interwoven with cult overtones, which not only makes for an intriguing read but also an interesting one. It was also refreshing to read something different in this genre and not of the norm.
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Tyler and Mills and they work really well together despite there differences in personality. I loved their interaction and the banter between them that was scattered throughout made for light-hearted moments with a story that is quite dark. They have been written extremely well and are brought to life through the pages beautifully and I look forward to reading more of them.
The ease of Mark’s writing makes for a pleasant read. The story moves at a steady pace and to be quite honest I was disappointed when it ended I was enjoying it that much. With a strong plot and well-developed characters, it is a contender to be part of my best books for 2020. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Devil Wore Black which I highly recommend.
This review will be added to NetGalley, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia and Amazon US. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Mark
Mark is the writer of the crime series featuring Tyler and Mills. The first book to feature the detectives, RED IS THE COLOUR, was shortlisted for the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize. The second book, BLUE MURDER, can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
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.
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