Fame. Fortune. Murder.
Johnny and the Swamp Seeds are on the cusp of success when singer Johnny Richards goes missing. The body of a young man is found in the local canal.
But the dead man is not Johnny Richards.
DCI Jim Tyler leads the investigation into the brutal murder of Adam Lane, ex band member and friend of Richards since schooldays. Is the disappearance related? Is Richards alive or dead? Was he responsible for the death of his friend?
DS Danny Mills has concerns for DCI Tyler. The demons from Tyler’s past have caught up with him, threatening to tip him over the edge. Meanwhile, news of the singer’s disappearance has gone viral, sending the band to the top of the charts and turning a national spotlight on the case. Tyler is under immense pressure and Mills can see the cracks spreading.
Will Tyler and Mills find out what happened to Johnny Richards, and who killed Adam Lane – or is catastrophe looming for the stricken detective?
Much to my shame prior to reading ‘Blue Murder’ , I had never picked up one of Mark’s books. Now I ask myself why the hell have I not discovered his books before? I absolutely loved ‘Blue Murder’ but more about that in a bit.
The main characters in this book are the detective partnership of Detective Chief Inspector Jim Tyler and Detective Sergeant Danny Mills. It took me a little while to take to them but take to them I did. I love the working relationship they have with each other and how at ease they are with each other. I just loved the sarcastic comments that went back and forth between them. Tyler is a damaged soul in that he has problems within his personal life that threaten to impinge on his work life. The other main characters are all in a band, but just because they are in a band it doesn’t mean that they get on with each other. In fact they can’t stand the sight of each other by the time of the disappearances and murder. It isn’t exactly clear to start with why relationships within the band have broken down but bit by bit the truth starts to emerge.
Blimey oh riley it didn’t take me long to get into this book. I love discovering a new series and I love discovering new police duos. Pretty much by the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I was hooked on this story. I was addicted to reading the book and I just had to find out who had committed the murder and why. The more I read, the more I got into the story and the quicker the pages were turning. I didn’t notice how quickly the pages were turning until I looked up to check on my progress and I was surprised to learn that I had read 40% of the book. ‘Blue Murder’ is very well written and the author certainly knows how to grab your attention from the first page onwards. He has one of those writing styles that ensures that you keep turning those pages and keeps you coming back for more. He certainly knows how to ramp up the tension levels too. Whilst I was reading certain parts of the book I could feel my heart rate increase and I found myself holding my breath in anticipation of what was going to happen next. I find that if I enjoy reading a book, I immerse myself into the book and I begin to ‘live’ the story and interact with it. I know it’s a fiction book but I really did feel as though I was an extra member of the investigating team. Reading this book was much like being on a scary, unpredictable rollercoaster ride with twists and turns aplenty.
Oh my word ‘Blue Murder’ was certainly a read and a half. I loved it and I would definitely recommend this author and his books to anybody. I can’t wait to read what comes next from this author. Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait. In the meantime I will seek out his other books and make reading them one of my top priorities. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.