David Blake: Broadland.



It is my pleasure today to be taking part in the blog tour for Broadland. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


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 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.

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




I love starting a new series and being introduced to a new cast of characters, and Broadland was no exception  In fact, I quickly grew to enjoy spending time in the company of Detective Inspector (DI) Tanner and his team. I found it quite different to other police procedurals out there, particularly as Tanner, although experienced, is new to the area and beginning a new job. Blake refers to his history, but doesn’t really expand on it, so I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes. I loved his relationship with Jenny and I’d also love to see this develop further.

The setting of Broadland – the Norfolk Broads – is also important as it provides the atmosphere that gives the novel its underlying creepiness. The local knowledge of the officers also helps to build the scenes into which I was so easily drawn.

Once again, I must write that parts of Broadland are not for the faint hearted. The crimes in the novel are quite unusual but nevertheless horrific. However, the tension.rose as Blake and his team came closer to finding answers, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it as much as they did! I could not stop reading!

Broadland is available from Amazon.

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