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(DI Tanner #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,929 ratings  ·  224 reviews
"I bloody loved the book. Wow! Loved the twists and turns!"
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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.

When a girl’s body is found strangled, raped, and horrifically mutilated by a boat’s propeller, deep in the heart of the
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published April 5th 2019 by Black Oak Publishing Ltd
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May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
A readable book set amid the quiet backwaters of the Norfolk Broads. The locations are made for a warm and relaxing read and the contrast to the macabre murder of a young woman is quite disturbing.
The premise of a new DI joining the local CID is a good one and placing him on an old sailing boat is a great idea.
His welcome and the resentment others have is also a rich seam that is ready to be mined.

Thereafter, I found the characters less rounded and a little unbelievable. Tanner is too assertive
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Having been lucky enough to have had a couple of holidays on the Norfolk Broads, one of which was spent on a boat, I knew a lot of the places that were mentioned throughout the novel which really made it come alive. Whilst you get a feel for how picturesque the area is, you also get to see a lot of a darker side through the crimes committed in the story.

Tanner I really liked. He is a man with a past, of which the author doesn’t reveal to much, leaving, I hope more to come. The glimpses we do get
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read and I had no idea who was the culprit. The main characters were D.I. John Tanner and D.C. Jenny Evans. Tanner was new to the area and there were the usual rivalry between newcomer and old. I was surprised by the inappropriate comments Jenny made to a superior officer, particularly when first meeting. However, I did enjoy this book and will look out for the next one in the series. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow, what a terrific start of a new series. As soon as I opened the book, I was lost, lost in the story. Unfortunately, one has to sleep from time to time. If not I would have devoured the book in one go.
I loved DI Tanner and the banter between him and Jenny. It was very interesting to get a peek in the DI’s past which gave us a better impression of the person behind the police officer.
I enjoyed the story a lot and this was also due to the author’s fluent writing style.
The author managed to c
Victoria Ray
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
- Bloody, sick, horrific...crimes. Interesting plot.
- Very charming killer or killers
- smart ending

- starts very slowly, in the beginning of the book (or about 20%) - all we see are boats, nothing is happening, DI Tanner is too busy with “toilets” & “instant coffees”.
- as a result, we’ve got a bit boring DI (I liked Jenny better, at least can relate to her “horny” humor).
- lots of heroes (as well as places) starts with “B”

David Gilchrist
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 5** review of David Blake 'Broadlands' Started this morning, could not put it down. Set on the Norfolk Broads a compelling read. Loved all the twists and turns to the extent I have now pre-ordered book 2 'St. Benets'
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of this author's comedy space series so I was very intrigued when I heard that he had "gone all serious" for this, the beginning of his police procedural crime series, set in the Norfolk Broads. Would he really be able to put all the bonkers, irreverent humour behind him and set his mind to something a little more serious?
And... the verdict is... yes he blooming well can! Although it did hold echos of his trademark humour in some of the dialogue between the two main characters, bu
Susan Hampson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book! I finished this in 2 days flat. It was quite the page turner and had me hooked from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the style of writing and the characters. were well crafted. I enjoyed the rapport and the banter between DI Tanner and DC Evans. The ending I could guess but I still enjoyed it. My only point of contention was that the ending felt a bit simple and rushed. Overall a good book, one which I thoroughly enjoyed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend. And a b ...more
Lexie Conyngham
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A mixture to start with, but an appealing one: new man on job, young daughter dead, but he’s trying to accommodate himself in the unfamiliar surroundings of a friend’s boat while he looks for a flat. The office politics while he fits into a new police station are quite amusing and well depicted, though I wondered at the DC’s instant attraction to and flirtation with her new colleague. The plot was good except that there was one link I made that I felt the police should have made much earlier – a ...more
Trish R.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good murder mystery about 2 women who were 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.
Louise Sowter
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having not read any other books by this author I now avidly want to. The Norfolk broads a favourite haunt of mine portrayed this story well. It definitely was fast paced and I couldn’t solve myself before the end of the book. A definite must read excellent
Jo Ring
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Quite like Stephen Booth. Especially enjoyed it being set all around Wroxham.
Jane Blandford
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic reading. Couldn't put it down

Easy to read and would definitely recommend it. Enjoyed the storyline and look forward to reading more of his books. I do like detective style stories so generally search for similar style writing
Eleanor Sturdy
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tense and entertaining!

Excellent quick and gripping thriller. It evoked the atmosphere of the Broads very well. This is a light but engrossing read - recommended.
Mrs. A.A. Williams
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hair-raising mystery

David Blake's mystery is based in the Norfolk Broads. Detective Inspector Tanner arrives as a new member of staff transferred from London. He becomes involved in solving a Murder with some chilling consequences. An exciting read.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broadland is a thriller set on the Norfolk Broads. A family out on a hire boat for a much needed holiday find a body tangled in their propellor. this sets off a murder investigation. D I Tanner is newly arrived in Wroxham from London so is not made very welcome by DI Burgess who wants top job. so this story is not only about a murder but also the interaction of the characters. an excellent read that will keep you turning the pages.
Carl Lemkes
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super yarn

Well great story with fine Characters I was so keen that the two would get together. Hope we n
Can meet them both again
Alan  Main
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an Author, who js changing his Genre,dont change again David its great,cant wait for the next one in June.
Caroline Vincent
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Engaging, gripping, and intriguing. Broadland is the first in an exciting new detective series featuring
Detective Inspector John Tanner, who, after a traumatic event, transferred from the London Met to the Norfolk Police.

Tanner Murder Mystery #1

Jane Richardson should NOT have taken the towpath along the river Bure. It would have been fine if it were light still but the Norfolk Broads were dark and looked impenetrable. Jane knew she was in trouble when she heard a sound behind her. S
Jason Arscott
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very dark and twisted story of murder most foul in the beautiful settings of the Norfolk Broads, with twist and turns gripping you from the outset with horror that sets those hairs tingling. Everytime I guessed or made an assumption about what was going to happen next, I was pretty much wrong on every count.
You will be gripped until the very last page as you learn about DI Tanner, where he originates from and what floats his boat (excuse the pun). Other chararcters also show their colours and
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I feel like I've come upon an episode of the Keystone Cops.

DI John Tanner turns up for a new postion. He meets with DCI Burgess who is a totally unlikeable man in the form of a blowhard. Tanner himself seems a little inept and has a bad temper. (Would a cop really get away with talking to his boss that way?)

He and his subordinate DC Jenny have an immediate attraction to one another. How cliché. Jenny was sizing Tanner up for boyfriend material before they even got to the car to take the
Mrs. Moira McGeough
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and the first of a series. It made a good holiday read while I was away from home. DI John Tanner is newly arrived in Norfolk from London expecting a much slower pace of life when he is plunged into a horrific murder. He quickly establishes a good working relationship with DC Jenny Evans, ( a saucy one indeed), but is sorely resented by Burgess who feels cheated by the new comer. After a slow start the pace picks up a the finale is unexpected and ...more
Kath Middleton
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First in a new series set in the Norfolk Broads. I enjoyed the characters, and DI Tanner’s growing relationship with his new colleagues after his transfer from London. It’s a good puzzle and several times I thought I’d sorted who was guilty – but things aren’t as simple as I believed them to be. This has all the signs of being a very enjoyable new series. Certainly this first volume is.
Alyson Read
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first crime fiction story from this author and is an excellent police procedural featuring DI John Tanner. Relocating from the Met to Wroxham station in Norfolk after the death of his daughter Tanner is resigned to having a much quieter time of it, even if it seems that his wealth of experience may be wasted on a small CID division based on the scenic Norfolk Broads. He hasn't even organised a flat or house, instead having the loan of a small boat from an old boss to live on for the ...more
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
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 tu
Simon Leonard
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I first read book 1 in his Inspector Capstan series, The Slaughtered Virgin of Zenopolis and have read every book he has published since.

This book however is completely different to his Inspector Capstan, Abigail Love and Space Patrol books, as it is a serious Police procedural book instead of the comedy of his other series.

I was very intrigued to see how this worked and I am very to pleased to confirm that David is as brilliant a serio
Simon Leonard
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I first read book 1 in his Inspector Capstan series, The Slaughtered Virgin of Zenopolis and have read every book he has published since.

This book however is completely different to his Inspector Capstan, Abigail Love and Space Patrol books, as it is a serious Police procedural book instead of the comedy of his other series.

I was very intrigued to see how this worked and I am very to pleased to confirm that David is as brilliant a serio
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
People who are familiar with the author, David Blake, who has produced numbers of comic crime mystery books surrounding the characters of Inspector Capstan and his sidekick Dewbush - in both present day and futuristic environment - will know what a great author he is. Well, this is the same author (that is, not another with the same name) and he has now strayed from his 'usual' comic writing style and written a serious crime mystery.

Has he done a good job in this cross-over? Yes, he's done a ver
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
NO. NO WAY. That ending and outcome. NO! Shocking. Jaw dropping… Could never see that coming. Broadland is book one in the brand new series DI Tanner…
Tanner has recently moved to another police station and is back to the basics (for now)… However, first day of the job… There’s a body. A killer to be found. There is a lot of tension between Tanner and Burgess who have to share this case with them both being DI’s and both wanting to prove themselves worthy which takes them down some wrong paths al
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David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. 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.


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