Broadland by David Blake

Broadland by David Blake

20th December 2021.

DI Tanner escapes London for the tranquillity of the Norfolk Broads. On his first day, a body is found, bringing him into conflict with an existing detective inspector, who’s got plenty of local knowledge, but little experience of leading a murder inquiry.

It’s a routine police procedural with an interesting setting and some good conflict between the existing and new detectives. The pace is as gentle as the Norfolk countryside, but picks up once another murder is committed. When Tanner and DC Evans uncover the motive, the pace picks up towards the climax in a disused mill.

While Tanner and Evans are an interesting team, the story never quite gripped me, mainly because I felt the behaviour of two of the local detectives was a bit stereotyped and unrealistic.


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 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.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Broadland by David Blake

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