A war veteran murdered in his bath, a crooked property developer, a family with a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried…
It’s clear DI John Tanner and sidekick DC Jenny Evans have their work cut out in Moorings, the third instalment of David Blake’s Norfolk-based murder mystery series.
There’s twists and turns aplenty, and a couple more corpses, before Tanner and Evans realise they’ve been looking in the wrong direction.
And, if you can identify the killer before they do…well, you’re a better detective than me.
Overall, this is a well-paced thriller – that can be read as a standalone – with a couple of empathetic central characters and lots of red herrings.
Oh, and don’t forget the beautiful Norfolk setting that made me want to head straight for the M18 and the Broads.
If I’ve got a quibble – and yes, there’s always one – it’s with the blurb description that positions the book as a ‘dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance’.
Perhaps, it’s me, but I completely missed both the romance and the humour.
And, there’s at least one murder that didn’t feel ‘cozy’ at all.
It didn’t distract from my enjoyment of the book – it’s more a case of managing reader expectations…
However, such grumbles apart, Moorings is a thoroughly satisfying read.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
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About the author
David Blake is a full-time author living in North London.
He has written 16 books along with a collection of short stories. Moorings is the third novel, after Broadland and St Benet’s, in his Norfolk Broads crime series.
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.