David Blake: Moorings

I can’t believe we have reached Book 3 in the DI Tanner series already, and it’s my pleasure to be sharing my review of Moorings. It’s 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 via the publisher.



A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and that the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a cozy 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.


I love this series and it just goes from strength to strength  It was great to spend time with DI Tanner and DC Evans again. The way they spark off each other is brilliant and the witty sense of humour between the Murders prevents the novel from getting too dark too quickly. In the first two novels in the series, there is a sense that a part of Tanner’s past is hidden, and I am glad that this is explored in much more detail in Moorings. 

The setting on the various boats, the river and its surroundings make Moorings wonderfully atmospheric and I enjoyed being able to immerse myself in the setting which is unusual for novels in this genre.

The beginning of Tanner’s investigation moves quite slowly as there are a number of suspects that Tanner and his team want to look at more closely. None of these characters are particularly likeable; in fact,, there are a few who made my skin crawl. Blake does a great job of making the reader wonder who has done what and this creates a lot of intrigue that made me full of excitement for what was to come.

As Tanner and his team close in on answers, the tension increases tenfold and there is a huge sense of danger in the closing scenes. I was holding my breath until the very last page!

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Moorings is available from Amazon.

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