Happy hump day!!  Today I’m delighted to be one of the stop opening the blog tour for St. Benet’s by David Blake….another absolutely gripping fantastic crime thriller!

the blurb

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.

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

St. Benet’s is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the second 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 Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.  

Where to buy: Amazon UK

my review

Wow! Another absolutely stunning crime thriller from David Blake!  I absolutely loved the first book in the Detective Tanner series so literally couldn’t wait to read this and I wasn’t disappointed!  I described Broadland (Book 1) as one of those books where you don’t want to go to sleep, but you have to to because it’s a school night……and THIS is exactly the same!

We’re back with DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans who appear to be enjoying some relative peace after the ending to Broadland.  That is until the grusome discovery of an old man in the the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey.  Although the old man appears to have suffered a horrific death, suicide is suspected with the official verdict being death by misadventure….

But then more bodies turn up; all linked to the Church and all who have died under horrendous circumstances.  Although Tanner has suspicion’s of the cases being linked from the beginning, his superior dismiss his suggestions….with dire consequences.  Will they find the killer in time before more die? Are the deaths really linked to a rape and murder forty-three years ago? And are people really what they seem?

I was thoroughly gripped from start to finish and absolutely over the moon to be back with Tanner and Jenny who I both love.  The storyline keeps you guessing and is so well written and easy to read, that you genuinely don’t want to put it down.  There are more murders, and OMG twists and turns throughout which will have you gasping!  I had my suspicions about 3/4 of the way through but had no idea if I’d be right until nearly the end….and then at that point things take a drastic turn and I wanted to leap in to the story and help!

As I say, I love Tanner and Jenny and the supporting cast are all fantastic too.  And I was absolutely over the moon to learn that they’ll be a third book and I CANNOT WAIT!!

If you haven’t read Broadland, I would highly recommend it (my review is here) as you get to know the characters from the beginning BUT you could read this as a standalone without a doubt.  Either way I highly recommend both the DI Tanner books!  David Blake is fast becoming one of my favourite crime authors….roll on Book Three!!!



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.

Where to find David online: Website ~ Amazon ~ Facebook Readers’ Group ~ Facebook ~ GoodReads

tour hosted by:

Book On The Bright Side

Thanks so much to Sarah for inviting me on to the tour and to David and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review. All views are my own and are unbiased.

Have a brilliant day all!

Chelle x

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