Michael Fowler

Author of the DS Hunter Kerr series and the DS Scarlett Macey series and Chasing Ghosts
With two compelling series and now a standalone thriller Michael Fowler is carving a name for himself as one of the most popular writers in the genre today.
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Born in 1957, Michael grew up in the once industrial heartland of South Yorkshire, where he still lives, with his wife and two sons.

He served as a police officer for thirty-two years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, Vice Squad and Drug Squad.  He retired in 2006, in the rank of Inspector, finishing his career in charge of a busy CID Department.

Heart of the Demon - DS Hunter Kerr Volume 1

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Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr and his partner DC Grace Marshall are called to the scene of a brutal slaying; the victim is a 14 year-old girl. The killer has been disturbed but he has left behind a puzzle. What is the significance of the marks gouged into the girl’s torso and why has a playing card been left with the body?

As Barnwell Major Investigation Team struggle to resolve the mystery they are confronted with another gruesome discovery; the mummified remains of a teenage girl are unearthed from the slurry of a former colliery site. This corpse bears all the hallmarks of the first slaying and yet this body has been buried for well over a decade.

They soon realise that a savage killer is stalking Yorkshire,
preying on young girls, and with the discovery of the bodies comes a series of revelations about the past.
For Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr and his team, the race against time to prevent further murders is complicated by the fact that several of his men have been involved on the periphery of earlier crimes, without even knowing it. And as the death toll mounts as more bodies are unearthed and new victims succumb to the murderer’s sick appetites, he finds that this case comes very close to home.

Very close indeed...

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Cold Death -
DS Hunter Kerr Volume 2

Taking a well-earned break from the ‘Dearne Valley Demon’ case, Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr’s rest is suddenly shattered when he witnesses a violent argument involving his father, shortly followed by a
murderous road-rage attack upon his parents.
As he delves deeper, Hunter uncovers disturbing facts and suspects that his father is harbouring a sinister secret from his past; a secret, which he is desperate to keep buried.
In his father’s native Scotland a sadistic and violent killer is on the rampage. Three retired detectives are found tortured and butchered. Is there a link? Or, is it someone who just likes killing cops?
Hunter pushes and pushes to learn the truth, never realising just how much danger he was placing himself,  and those around him, in.
In Barnwell, Hunter’s working partner, DC Grace Marshall, recovering from her own psychological problems arising out of the ‘Demon’ serial-killer investigation, is ‘acting sergeant’ in his absence and soon finds herself in charge of her first major incident; a young woman’s battered body is dragged from the freezing waters of the
local country park.

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Secrets of the Dead - DS Hunter Kerr Volume 3

“I need to tell you about the murder of Lucy Blake-Hall. I know who killed her!”
Those were the last words uttered by retired detective Jeffery Howson, in a chilling late night phone call, to Barnwell’s Major Investigation Team’s Civilian Investigator, Barry Newstead; the next day he was found brutally murdered. And so begins, not only an investigation into his slaying, but the opening of a ‘cold case’ review into the murder of twenty-two year Lucy
Blake-Hall, who vanished without trace on August Bank Holiday, 1983, and whose body has never been found.
Yet a man has already admitted to killing her and is currently serving a life sentence. Is he innocent?
From the outset of the enquiry DS Hunter Kerr and his team uncover a 25 year old hidden secret. Once revealed it sets in motion a dramatic chain of events; someone is going to horrific lengths to keep the truth hidden and no one is safe.

'MJ Fowler has written another page turner. This latest DS Hunter
Kerr is police procedural at its best: dark, engaging and compelling.'

                                          Danuta Reah, Author, Bleak Water
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Coming, Ready or Not -
DS Hunter Kerr
Volume 4

DS Hunter Kerr has always been riddled with guilt over the vicious and brutal death of his first girlfriend Polly Hayes. That fateful day has haunted him for a lifetime and was the reason why he joined the Police – to make amends and track down her killer.
Yet none of the murders he has investigated have remotely resembled the killing of Polly, so when a woman’s brutally battered body is discovered wearing an item of his girlfriend’s clothing his life is suddenly turned upside down.
Is it a cruel trick, or has Polly’s killer returned to haunt Barnwell.

Shadow of the Beast -
DS Hunter Kerr
Volume 5

‘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.
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Scream, You Die -
DS Scarlett Macey
Volume 1

From the author of the best-selling DS Hunter Kerr series comes a new series featuring DS Scarlett Macey.
Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s troubles started in 2002, when her mother and father were murdered on their wedding anniversary, and her younger sister, Rose, fled the scene.
Since then she’s spent half her time chasing away her personal inner demons and the other half chasing villains.
She has always been determined to find out if her sister was responsible for killing their parents, and whilst she searched for her, she also had her job to do in The Homicide and Serious Crime Unit of The Metropolitan Police.
Her latest case follows the discovery of a headless, handless corpse dumped in the river Thames.
As the investigation unfolds, a truly brutal and shocking discovery of human tragedy is unearthed.
Determined to bring the cruel killer to justice Scarlett stumbles across a bizarre twist during her hunt – a twist that, chillingly, opens the door to her troubled past.
As she gets closer to discovering the truth the  investigation takes a violent, sinister turn, plunging her, and those close to her, into extreme danger.
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Chasing Ghosts

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Mathew Tobias Alexander has a past. A troubled past. A past he has chosen to hide.
So the disappearance of his girlfriend following a vicious argument, cause him all kinds of dilemmas.
While he battles to keep his secrets hidden the appearance of a mysterious Stalker, and Detective Jack Buchan, who is grappling with his own personal demons, add to his woes.

Will they also be Toby’s undoing?

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You're Next - DS Scarlett Macey Volume 2

From the author of the best-selling DS Hunter Kerr series comes the second in a new series featuring DS Scarlett Macey.
It is the opening day of Detective Sergeant Scarlett Macey’s biggest case of her life – ‘The Lycra Rapist’ is standing trial for a series of brutal rapes.
But things don’t go according to plan – the trial collapses – and James Green is freed.
Scarlett is determined his freedom will not last long and immediately begins planning his downfall.
Meanwhile James Green has his own plans for revenge, and driven by feelings of hatred begins to pick out those who brought about his downfall – priming them for the kill.
Scarlett has faced many villains in the past, but never one quite as terrifying as James Green…
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