Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Books On The Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for BROADLAND by David Blake
“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
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Whoa the opening was one that really made me sit up, take notice and raise my heart rate like that of Jane Richardson as she is faced with a choice, one similar to the one I had to make late at night after work too. Should she take the short cut home, a much darker and deserted way that cut precious minutes from an already very long day or walk the safe but long way home? Believe me it isn’t common sense that makes the choice, it is your feet after a 14 hour shift. Her feet won and my nightmare became her reality.
This is the first book in a new series set on the beautiful Norfolk Broads. DI John Tanner has transferred from London because of a personal tragedy, in the hope that the pace is much slower and the day-to-day problems much smaller. He is paired with DC Jenny Evans to find his feet and get to know the locals and area, with the first case they are to follow-up on being that of a missing woman.
Evans is a speak first think after sort of young woman, with her tongue in cheek remarks that give her and Tanner perfect banter. They have a real ease with each other making some light-hearted moments with such an intense story but the perfect working team for the job too. Not everyone at the station are happy with Tanner’s position.
This is a real who dunnit and why? especially when a second murder takes place and what begins as a shocking start slows down to the ground work of investigating and the thought of 4 mph police chases taking place on the Norfolk Broads bringing a smile to my face, before going to full throttle with a ‘I didn’t see that coming ending’. What a tremendous story, I was totally caught out and for once speechless. Belting. Bring it on!
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