#BlogTour #Review ~ Shadow of the Beast by Michael Fowler


‘A new terror is sweeping Barnwell and Hunter faces a killer whose evil surpasses all others.’

The discovery of a skeleton buried beneath the altar of an old chapel should not have raised an eyebrow, but this one was different. This one had been savagely murdered, and all the evidence points to the blood-thirsty killer the press have dubbed ‘The Beast of Barnwell’; a killer who has already served time for the brutal murder of a young girl and is now free.

Is this his handiwork?

In the midst of the enquiry, a 22 year old woman is abducted on her way home from work. Is there a link?

To add to Hunter’s workload his former boss, Michael Robshaw, is deliberately mown down and left for dead.


In his search for the truth Hunter returns to his undercover roots – with deadly consequences.

  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English

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About the Author


Michael Fowler was born and brought up in the Dearne Valley area of Yorkshire where he still lives with his wife.

At the age of 16 he left school with the ambition of going to art college but his parents’ financial circumstances meant he had to find work and so he joined the police.

He has never regretted that decision, serving as a police officer for thirty-two years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, and undercover in Vice Squad and Drug Squad, retiring as an Inspector in charge of a busy CID in 2006.

Since leaving Michael has embarked on two careers: he is an established author with two crime series to his name: DS Hunter Kerr and DS Scarlett Macey, and he has also co-written a true crime story.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

Michael has also found considerable success as an artist, receiving numerous artistic accolades. Currently his work can be found in the galleries of Spencer Coleman Fine Arts at Lincoln and  Stamford.

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My Review

This is the first book I have read by this author although there are others available in the series featuring  DS Hunter Kerr. I in no way felt as though I was floundering, it worked well as a standalone.

Human remains are found as the contractors are demolishing an old church. The search begins to find out who the skeleton/s belong to and what relevance the addition of an extra ‘head’ has. In past years a killer known as The Beast of Barnwell had worked the area but following his imprisonment it’s unlikely to be him .. so is there a copycat killer at large?

I really liked the writing style, some police procedural books can get far too weighed down and lose the reader, this one manages to keep the reader enthralled at each level, makes the whole incident interesting and drips clues throughout. It’s also a pleasant change to have a down to earth British setting, makes it easier to identify with the era/fashions etc.

Hunter is a very realistic cop, he works hard, isn’t afraid to show his passion for the job or frustration when things don’t go according to plan. His relationship with his wife Beth portrays a softer side in comparison.

As the body count rises it becomes imperative to close the case, there is a great side story whereby a colleague Michael (ex boss) is run over .. this pulls the team together while Dawn Leggate splits her time between working the case and spending time at her partner Michael’s bedside. 

I was very quickly absorbed in this story, thought I knew who had ‘dunnit’ a few times (wrongly) it certainly kept me gripped until the end. What I would call a good tale, lots of interweaving and likeable characters along with the not so pleasant ones!

Based on this I will be looking at the previous books I think I may have found a new ‘hero’ in Hunter.

Many thanks to the author and Caffeine Nights Publishing for my ARC stars-4-0._V192197091_

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