De(e)lighted to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Man Upstairs by Mark L. Fowler today! Thank you, Caroline, for inviting me to take part! As always, I’ll be sharing my review after the all-important bookish information.
Author : Mark L. Fowler
Title : The Man Upstairs
Pages : 250
Publisher : n/a
Publication date : September 29, 2015
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 cliche 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.
Frank Miller is a detective in Chapeltown. But there’s a twist. Frank isn’t actually real. He’s a fictional character in a long running series created by The Man Upstairs. Frank became aware of this uncomfortable truth during the legendary case of The Black Widow. And now he wonders if maybe his creator isn’t sick and losing the plot.
Frank has always been a ladies man and prides himself on that fact. So when he suddenly can’t stop thinking about a certain lady in blue pyjamas, he knows something isn’t quite right and The Man Upstairs is changing things up. Are his days numbered? Will Frank make it to book 21 in the series?
There’s a fair bit going on as not only does Frank need to save the town from the horrible Mayor, but more importantly he needs to find a way to convince his creator not to kill him off. I soon found myself immersed in a delicious film noir sort of vibe and Frank makes a fabulous narrator, complete with cliché raincoat and cynicism. I loved that he thinks so much of himself that he missed clues in previous stories involving characters hiding in the background.
This is quite an original story with a brilliant concept. Ultimately it’s a battle of good against evil but with such a unique twist. I admit I wasn’t sure about this one at first but the description intrigued me enough to pick it up and I’m glad I did. The chapters just flew by and I thoroughly enjoyed my first introduction to this author!
The Man Upstairs is available now!
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.
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.