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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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Presumptive drivel

I wanted to listen through to the end to give it a chance but really struggled. The narrator does a good job but the characters are one-dimensional and the plot struggles. I may have watched too many Silent Witness and NCIS etc shows but procedurally, it doesn't ring true. It's not a terrible read (listen) but many of the characters, particularly the women, are written as cliches. I really struggled to listen to this drivel. I even googled the publication date - 2019! I think anyone who has an interest in this genre would be better looking elsewhere.

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Weak plot.

Annoyingly this was not all it was cracked up to be. The narration was good. The story weak and unbelievable at times.The police duo had feelings for each other right from the start. No development of that relationship. A blustering boss, a resentful colleague and idiotic policing.

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Great story, odd pace

This was a good, solid mystery with some tragic twists and turns as people assumed guilt where it did not lie. It was a shame that the author felt the need to shove in some sexual tension within about two minutes of the new detective joining the local force, taking an immediate interest in his much younger junior officer. It just wasn’t needed - added nothing and made him seem a bit creepy. So much was crammed into the last couple of chapters that the end result was a book which felt unbalanced. The narration was spot on for the book. The narrator sounded like I imagined the protagonist would sound.

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An exciting story

Loved it. Well written and presented. Exciting story that held your interest to the end

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Great Disappointment

After reading the reviews I was looking forward to listening to this book. However, it lacks the sophistication and suspense one might expect of a well written crime story. Characters are linear and the story is predictable.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ANN SWEENEY
  • 01-01-2021

Kept me guessing till the end

A bloody good yarn, pun intended. Looking forward to future stories of Detective Inspector Tanner and further development of his character and that of his new sidekick, Detective Jenny, as well as the Norfolk Broads communities.

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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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  • P1977
  • 06-12-2019

Not for me.

This probably has plenty of appeal for many but I found it cloying, like a creative writing course attempt that intends to tick boxes for fronted adverbials and noun phrases (of which there are too many).

The dialogue is cringeworthy, particularly the vapid, innuendo-filled quips of the dim and ghastly female lead.

Some of the sentences don’t make sense because they are clumsily constructed.

The characters are more like caricatures, making this like an audio pantomime, especially the homosexual and the working class.

A horrible book to listen to. I was on the murderer’s side. I was hoping they would do away with Tanner.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2020

Cringeworthy

Old fashioned and out of touch. At times I was laughing out loud at this book and not for the right reasons. It seems like it was written in the 1960s by a very elderly author and he simply tried to bring it up to date by the occasional mention of Instagram or face book. The characters were stereotypical policemen. The women were completely pathetic and did not behave at all as young women would nowadays. Tanner’s interest in the young policewoman and her returned interest in him made me cringe. The constant referral and detail to the make and model of various different cars, even those just parked in car parks was hilarious. In addition as the narrator made all the PCs but one (the stupid one!) extremely middle class sounding this added to the sense of the story being dated. I just don’t think any of the characters would either behave or sound like that in 2020. Cannot understand the good reviews. I’m new to audible and it has made me question if I can really trust reviews again.

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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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  • NHP
  • 23-09-2019

Excellent

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

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