#BlogTour

#BlogTour #Broadland by David Blake @DavidDBlake @BOTBSPublicity

It’s my stop on the blog tour for David Blake’s Broadland today and I’m delighted to share my review with you all.

First, here’s the blurb … 

Black Oak Publishing (5 April 2019)

A girl’s body found mutilated by a boat’s propeller, another dumped at the bottom of a slipway, and a disused Norfolk mill, hiding the secret to both.

A COLD DENSE shadow fell over Jane Richardson as she hurried along the concrete towpath. To her left, moonlight danced over the River Bure’s untroubled surface as it slipped silently past, heading back the way she’d come. A low-hanging branch scratched at her face as she ducked underneath. From somewhere far behind her came the shriek of laughter, slicing through the air, only to fall silent a moment later to leave nothing but the sound of her high heels, click-clacking out a stark but steady beat.

When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.

As a more romantic relationship develops between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Broadland is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the first in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

My thoughts … 

This is my first read of Blake’s work and I enjoyed the book.

First in a new series, Broadland is a good start. DI John Tanner is new to the Norfolk Broads having recently quit the Met for personal reasons and he isn’t met with a great reception.

The local force are a tight-knit team and the newcomer, with his fancy London ways to show up their backward methods isn’t welcome. Tanner knows he needs to get them on his side and makes a start by teaming up with the young and beautiful DC Jenny Evans. As they are placed on the murder enquiry, they form a more than platonic bond.

Although sometimes a bit too stereotypical in terms of the way Tanner’s experience is detailed, the reactions of the local force to his arrival, and the seasoned but damaged senior officer falling for the gorgeous, young, new girl on the squad, for my liking, Broadland is a decent start to a new series. The characters are likeable and frustrating at the right times, the plot well-thought-out and doesn’t leave anything hanging that shouldn’t be.

Broadland is a twisty murder mystery that will appeal to those who like a slower paced read than a high-speed rollercoaster but with a bit more to it than a ride on the teacups.

Crime thrillers and police procedurals are a step away from the norm for this author. His previous works have been descripbed as zany and humorous and I think this style is evident in Broadlands.

I did have one niggle with this one; the overuse of the !. It kinda drove me mad at times as almost every sentence spoken was shouted, even when the dialogue tag said the person was whispering. I had an early ARC copy though so hopefully the author’s editor will have removed them all before publication 😉

Other than that, a decent start and so it will be interesting to see where he takes the next book when there isn’t so much world building to be done.

Huge thanks to the author and Sarah at Book on the Bright Side Publicity for my review copy and place on the blog tour.

Bookworms, make sure you keep up with the rest of the tour:

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About the author … 

David Blake

David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fourteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his fifteenth, St. Benet’s, which is the follow-up to his debut crime fiction thriller, Broadland.

When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

Now available for pre-order
BROADLAND: A CHILLING NORFOLK BROADS CRIME THRILLER
When a girl’s body is found horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, newly arrived Detective Inspector John Tanner is asked to assist with the investigation.

At first, all the evidence points to a man who had a multi-million pound reason to kill her. But when an alibi is produced from an unexpected source, and another body appears at the base of a slipway, Tanner finds himself turning to local girl, Detective Constable Jenny Evans for help.

As a more intimate relationship begins between them, they find themselves facing a race against time to identify a lethal adversary, one with a lust for blood and a mind set on revenge.

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