David Blake: Horsey Mere

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Horsey Mere. My review is written with thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour.


The remains of a 17th Century witch, an MP found hanging above a five-pointed star, and three girls with powers beyond anyone’s control.

As DI Tanner and DS Evans endeavour to make plans for their big day, the chance discovery of Norfolk’s last known witch, tried and hanged by Norfolk’s infamous Witchfinder General, sparks a chain of the most horrific events, none of which Tanner seems able to stop.

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

Horsey Mere is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the fifth 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 J M Dalgliesh into David Blake devotees.


I have really enjoyed the previous books in this series and Horsey Mere continues this tradition. Detective Inspector John Tanner is an interesting character and I was happy to spend time with him and his team once more. He is a bit of a maverick, which means we are never far away from some drama and I love his relationship with his team, especially Jenny, who also happens to be his fiancee. 

As with all the novels in this series, Horsey Mere is set in Norfolk and Blake, once again, uses the setting to create atmosphere very effectively. I’m not familiar with the area but I was able to picture everything perfectly which made me feel as though I was part of the story. 

Throughout Horsey Mere, Blake takes the investigation down a number of paths, which makes the plot quite complex. I found the witchcraft aspect of the plot particularly interesting. There are lots of red herrings and twists which kept me engaged the whole way through. The chapters are quite short and the novel is very fast paced which keeps the story exciting until the end. 

There is a moment in Horsey Mere which absolutely broke me. I don’t want to say any more for risk of spoilers, but I did finish the novel feeling very emotional.

Horsey Mere is available from Amazon.

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