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Broadland

British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Broadland is the first in a chilling series of serial killer books which will rapidly convert followers of Faith Martin, Joy Ellis and Damien Boyd into David Blake devotees. 

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 romantic relationship develops 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.

©2019 David Blake (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Slow Burn

Covering everything you never, ever, wanted to know about wooden sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads! Whilst the prologue detailed the initial crime, it took several more waffley chapters of back-story about the main character (and the boat he was living on) before it got going. Once it did (meaning the story, not the boat as that stayed firmly where it was moored), the plot began to pick up pace and contained enough twists and turns to maintain interest.

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A great story to listen to

Some unexpected twists & turns from a couple of detectives with wry senses of humour. Most enjoyable.

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Good story and great narration!

This is easy listening although a bit grissly in some parts. The characters are likeable. Plus the narration was excellent. Well worth a listen.

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Loved it

Can't wait for the next one. if you like Peter James' you will love it as well.

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enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more in this series. great characters and well narrated.

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Boring

Boring, obvious plot, cliché and stereotypes. I was waiting for some twist, any twist... I do not recommend this book.

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loved the book

I enjoyed the book very much as the narrator doing a great job. I am looking forward to listen to other books by David Blake

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old school

A good quick read/listen but surprised me that it was written in 2019 as the potential relationship just felt a bit tone deaf. Very much a bloke's eye view but didn't mind the story

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Excellent ❤

Loved it and couldn't turn it off. listened to it all in one day 🤗

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This is the real deal. A perfect balance of interesting story, mystery, great pacing, satisfying conclusion, humour, excellent narration, and just the right amount of gore. Before buying, I was concerned at its short length, but found even that to be perfect. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Trish R.
  • 26-03-2020

Excellent..

A very good murder mystery about 2 women were who murdered and mutilated and Tanner and Jenny, his love interest, that had to solve it, along with the help of Burgess. I figured out who was doing it but it was fun to watch the others figure it out. There was no sex, and very little romance and the F-bomb was used 2 times. As to the narration: I really only bought this book because I love the narrator, Jonathan Keeble. He’s such a perfect narrator.

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  • Denise Dunham
  • 17-06-2020

As male authors age they become so pridictable..

If you enjoy no clues for the reader as to the perpetrator and obvious clues glaringly missed by the protagonists? This may be the book for you..Do you enjoy aging author wistfully romanticizing old men and young girl in his story?....its for you. Yuck.. not for me.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 14-10-2019

Better than expected

I didn’t know quite what to expect from this new-to-me author. I was more than pleasantly surprised. Tanner is an interesting character, having moved to the north from the Met in London. He had a tragedy in his past and the change of venue was probably necessary for him. But, of course, he’s looked at as the outsider and immediately forms a rivalry with one of his peers. They are forced to work together, sort of. Now, I did not like the sexual attraction than developed practically at once between Tanner and his Detective Constable. She’s a bit forward (a bit??) and it seems a bit creepy. And, it really shouldn’t be happening in the work environment. Other than that, the story was decent and I didn’t figure out the final resolution. The narration of the audiobook was very well done.

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  • Raymond
  • 13-04-2020

I loved this book and the performance

I like this quite a lot, look for forward to reading the next installment. Interesting characters, and an interesting place. Jonathan Keeble did his usual magnificent job

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  • Ted
  • 27-07-2020

Wonderfully Twisty

Now I crave another David Blake thriller. Best review possible... the next is downloading. Can anyone write a better endorsement?

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  • Rachel
  • 02-07-2020

Unsurprising

Great narration. No surprises in the plot, with clues obvious to the reader but not to the detectives. Really tired of the beautiful, young female subordinate becoming romantically involved with her much older boss at work. Ick.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-04-2020

Engrossing mystery with an excellent narrator

I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading more of the series.

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  • MC
  • 13-03-2020

Great Series

Entertaining new series, British police procedural. Highly recommend. Looking forward to future books. Have read three to date.

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  • John
  • 14-02-2020

Great New Police Procedural Series

It was a great start to a new series , and the narrator was filled with tremendous enthusiasm for his part.

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  • St.PeteRays
  • 24-09-2020

very good listen

loved this book. narration is excellent, story, plot, finish...all good. best I have had in a while.

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  • Daisy
  • 13-09-2019

Broadland

Great story thoughaly enjoyable.Brought to life by the inimitable voice of the one and only audio reader Johnathan Keeble

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  • janice
  • 10-11-2019

enjoyable new detective

loved it funny in places bit scary in others. some dialogue little bit strange in places.

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  • Teresa evans
  • 29-09-2019

Di tanner

I really enjoyed this story already ordered the next one. Narration was perfect as it all ways is with Mr keeble excellent.

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  • Anon
  • 19-09-2019

Brilliant.

More of these two please. Could be a great series. Keep em coming. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next one. Love Jonathan's voice, perfect

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  • lyndawilko
  • 11-10-2019

good thriller

Good story which held my interest. Jonathan Keeble was fantastic as usual - great voice

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  • Jacky
  • 13-11-2019

Brilliant listen

This is a new author for me and was hooked very quickly, love Jonathan Keeble's naration

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  • Terry Henderson
  • 08-11-2019

Great new series

I found this to be a really great new series. The narration was very good. I particularly really enjoyed the storyline set around the Norfolk Broads and hope a third book will soon be available on audible.

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  • George A Bear
  • 25-04-2020

from the reviews I expected more

From the many 5 star reviews I expected more. The story is reasonable, similar to many crime / police but set in the Broads. The main characters are fairly predictable set within a quite inept team. Some of the young constables flirtation comments are strangely out of place and almost cringe worthy. The DCI .... less said the better. Having said that, I will get the next book to see if the series develops. Jonathan Keeble's excellent narration is why I have given this book 3 stars.

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  • NHP
  • 23-09-2019

Excellent

Great read enough blood and gore for any serial killer lover with likeable characters too

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  • Patricia
  • 13-10-2019

an enjoyable short listen

I enjoyed listening to this so much I ordered the second in the series immediately. Good Story, excellent narrator.

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