Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for the latest additions to DI Tanner series of police procedurals written by David Blake.
The remains of a 17th Century witch, an MP found hanging above a five-pointed star, and three girls with powers beyond anyone’s control.
As DI Tanner and DS Evans endeavour to make plans for their big day, the chance discovery of Norfolk’s last known witch, tried and hanged by Norfolk’s infamous Witchfinder General, sparks a chain of the most horrific events, none of which Tanner seems able to stop.
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Four missing children, three murdered men, and the helm of a boat with a blood-red sail, hiding a secret only he can tell.
Returning to the Broads after nearly two years at sea, Tanner moors up next to a boat to find the body of a man whose five-year-old daughter is nowhere to be seen. As a torrent of unwanted memories begins flooding through his mind, an attractive Broads Ranger arrives at the scene with a disturbing tale; one of children being taken by a ghostly figure, standing at the helm of an old wooden boat.
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I am a newcomer to this fascinating series of police procedurals, but my blogger friends raved about David Blake’s previous books and now I can see why. Fast-paced, gritty, atmospheric, Horsey Mere is an excellent addition to DI Tanner series.
I must admit, when I first read the short blurb provided by the publisher, I imagined the book in a different light. So, if you are not a big fan of paranormal, rest assured, however atmospheric the beginning of the story is (three boys open an old grave with human remains), it is followed by a solid police investigation into a different case. I don’t really want to give the story away, but the plot is well-thought through in the best way possible. You have all the clues, but you discover their significance together with the police, when you begin to see connections between the things which previously appeared unrelated. I like a good twist as much as any other reader, but what I like more is a foreshadowed twist and David Blake is a real master of creating watertight plots.
Most of us read series like that because we find the detectives and their personal and working relationships, which are inevitably intertwined, fascinating. We get to see more of DI Tanner and his fiancee Jenny Evans. I dare say that seeing how well they understand each other, hearing their playful banter and knowing that they will always have each other’s back ( ‘until death do us part’) is one of the most tender moments of this otherwise down-to-earth book.
There are some really serious issues explored in this story- politics, racism, xenophobia, social climbing, blackmail with the overarching idea of action and reaction, force and counterforce, injustice/ suffering that is unfortunately exarcerbated by more injustice. These topics may sound too heavy, but the book is a real page-turner told at a perfect pace.
Fortunately, the next instalment is already out and I can’t wait to tell you all about it tomorrow in my new post on The Wherryman, DI Tanner#6.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the publisher for the review copies of Horsey Mere and The Wherryman. All opinions aremy own and were not influenced in any way.
Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, 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. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. 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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Thank you for reading the post! Tomorrow I am going to post my review of The WherryMan – hope you’re already intrigued about DI Tanner’s latest investigation.
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