David Blake: St Benet’s


Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for St Benet’s. My review is written with thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.


A girl thrown from a church tower, a man sacrificed to Satan, and a priest murdered at the hands of the Devil.

When the body of an old man is found lying in the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey, his throat cut, a knife resting in his open hand, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans are given no choice but to accept a ruling of death by misadventure.

But when the body goes missing from its tomb, after a priest is found nailed to a cross, and another impaled on a stake, everything begins to point back to the murder of a teenage girl, thrown from the top of a church tower, some forty-three years before.


I enjoyed being back with Detective Inspector John Tanner and. Detective Constable Jenny Evans for the second book in this series. The personal aspect of their relationship gives it an extra layer, but their partnership is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

The beginning of the investigation takes Tanner to the local church. Blake has researched the religious element brilliantly and there are lots of interesting facts in the description. In addition, I found the activities of the cult fascinating and I was keen to find out what role, if any, they had in the crimes that the detectives are investigating.

The plot of St Benet’s is very intricate and cleverly thought out, combining several lines of enquiry at Once. At times, there are some gruesome images, which may not suit everyone, but I loved it and was desperate to discover how the cases fit together. As the novel reaches its climax, there are many twists and turns, some of which are jawdropping. Tanner never shies away from danger so I was gripped to edge of my seat until the very last page.

St Benet’s is available from Amazon.

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