Seamus Connolly: Black Is The Colour

Today I’m helping to close the blog tour for Black Is The Colour. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at SpellBound Books for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


It has been almost three decades since the brutal murder of a young father took place on the streets of Glasgow.

Fleeing the country as a child Cal Lynch returns to Scotland a man, a lawyer, determined to exact vengeance on the gangster who killed his father and tore his family apart.

His desired retribution would be complex and challenging. He had dreamed, trained and prepared for the day of his return.

Falling in love was not part of the plan.

As Cal’s revenge on Eddie Quinn draws ever closer, what happens next will leave him broken and fighting for his very existence.

Black Is The Colour is a gritty gangland tartan noir thriller set against the turbulent backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.


Connolly sets the scene – Paisley in 1984 – really well in Black Is The Colour. He captures the lifestyles, the habits and the hardships of those, who, for the most part, are struggling in Thatcherite Britain. I found this really vivid picture, which is not so different for families today, helped me to immerse myself in the lives of the characters. 

For the first part of the novel, the story is quite character driven as we learn about the people who live in the area and the dynamic between them. I really enjoyed this aspect of it as the characters and their back stories are fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the dark humour which is sprinkled throughout the novel as this made their stories seem much more realistic and relatable. 

In terms of the plot, Black Is The Colour does take some time to spark into life, but when it does, there is lots of tension and I really wanted to know what would happen next. There are a few twists and turns as we reach the ending that kept me guessing until the last page. 

Black Is The Colour is available from Amazon.

You can follow the rest of the blog tour here.

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