Second post of the day and I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Broadland by David Blake, a brilliant gripping crime thriller.

the blurb

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 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. 

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 Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.  

You can purchase Broadland on Amazon here.

my review

Wow! I absolutely loved this book! This was one of those where you really don’t want to go to sleep at night, but you know you have to as it’s a school night!

Detective Inspector John Tanner has just moved to the Norfolk Broads after a bereavement in London.  On arriving at his new job, I think it’s fair to say, he’s not particularly welcomed!  So much for thinking he might have a quiet life here, he’s assigned to Missing Persons. But his first missing person turns into a murder!  Then one murder turns into two…..

He gets paired up with DC Jenny Evans and it’s so lovely to watch their relationship develop….it’s one of those where you find yourself REALLY routing for something to happen!

I’m not going to give the story away but this is full of twists and turns.  I was completely gripped and on the edge of my seat wanting to see what happens next.  I was convinced so many times that I’d guessed who the killer was, but this really will have you guessing till the end!

Blake’s writing style is brilliant.  I found it really enjoyable and easy to read, and found the characters really easy to get to know and to build my own opinions of.  So much so that I literally cannot wait for the next book to come out in June so I can see what Tanner and Evans are up to!

If you love a book that will keep you gripped, with twists and turns, great characters and a great storyline then you should definitely check this out!



about the author

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.

Social Media Link: Website ~ Amazon ~ Facebook Readers Group ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads

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Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

As usual, make sure you check out the other fab bloggers on this tour.

A massive thanks to David and the publisher for providing me with a copy of Broadland in return for an honest review.  Also thanks to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour.  All views are my own.

Any comments, give us a shout below.

Have a great day (nearly the weekend!)

Chelle x

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