#GuestPost by David Blake @daviddblake, author of Broadland @BOTBSPublicity

Posted April 5, 2019 by Zoé in Guest Posts, Reviews and Stuff / 2 Comments

#GuestPost by David Blake @daviddblake, author of Broadland @BOTBSPublicity

Today we welcome David Blake to my blog, with a Guest Post and we can check out his book Broadland. Do also check out Simon @ Black Books Blog, who is the opening the tour with me! So, what is the book about?

Broadland by David Blake
Published by Black Oak Publishing on April 5, 2019
Pages: 321


"I bloody loved the book. Wow! Loved the twists and turns!" Ali Dunn

"A COLD DENSE shadow fell over Jane Richardson as she hurried along the concrete towpath. To her left, moonlight danced over the River Bure’s untroubled surface as it slipped silently past, heading back the way she’d come. A low-hanging branch scratched at her face as she ducked underneath. From somewhere far behind her came the shriek of laughter, slicing through the air, only to fall silent a moment later to leave nothing but the sound of her high heels, click-clacking out a stark but steady beat."

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 intimate relationship begins 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 murder mystery that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

I am really excited about this one!

Guest Post

The idea for Broadland came about through my love of sailing, the Norfolk Broads and crime drama.

When I first sat down to write it, ideas were a little thin on the ground, to say the least. I had a title, and a location, but not much else. One thing I did know was that I wanted my protagonist to live on board a boat. To do so has been a dream of mine for a very long time. It is still where I eventually hope to end up, although I may need to wait for my children to fly the nest first.  

Over the following six months the story gradually came together. It draws on many of my own experiences, without all the murder of course, even down to the choice of car, one of which I used to own.

This is my first venture into serious crime fiction, but it is not my first book. Far from it. It is in fact my fourteenth. The books I used to write were predominantly crime comedies, most of which featured two rather inept British detectives: Capstan and Dewbush. Having written so many humorous books, I was keen to take a break to have a go at something more serious, or as I would tell my friends; more “grown-up”. Saying that, I have attempted to add in a thin slice of what many would consider to be my trademark humour, as well as just a smidgen of romance, both of which can be found within the way the two main characters interact with each other.

If you choose to read it, I sincerely hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed thinking, planning and eventually writing it.

Well this has got me even more excited about the book now!

Until next time xxx

Follow the rest of the tour here

Thank you so much to Sarah at BOTBS Publicity for the tour invite and the author for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review.

About David Blake

David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fourteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his fifteenth, St. Benet’s, which is the follow-up to his debut crime fiction thriller, Broadland.
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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