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The author David Blake is damn clever. Short snappy chapters made me turn the pages of the book faster. Each chapter had a scene which made me crave to know the secret, the reasons and identity of the murderer.

Add 2 strong cops, DI John Tanner and DS Jenny Evans, strong in their investigative skills and sweet on each other, and this book was nothing short of perfect.

A 94 year old war veteran was forcibly drowned, the cops investigated. His sons were murdered one by one, and the cops investigated more. A breakthrough along with perseverance and intelligence got them the murderer. A good police procedural. Right?

Oooh then the author brought out the twists. Personal tragedy was mixed with the crime, shocking reveals at the moorings got them the bodies, live horrifying death by boat going under had me gasping. How the heck had this author thought it all up?

Book 3 in the series, but made no difference. The writing was complete, cleverly nuanced to bring out the thrilling aspect of past and present without it feeling like an intrusion. My niggles were tiny, reaction after the witnessed drowning could have been more detailed.

But then the emotions!! Emotions in a police procedural, you ask? You betcha. The love and tenderness, along with pain and helpless, frustration and belligerence all popped up at apt times. Did I not say the author was beyond clever?!

Ah well, you guessed it!! I loved the book and the wicked mind of the author!!

I received a free ARC from Sarah and the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.

A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and that the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

Publication Date: 17th September 2019

Publisher: Black Oak Publishing

14 Responses

  1. That does sound like quite a complex case with the drowning and following murders. Interesting to hear that this was a good read and an emotional one too. You are bad for my TBR Shalini 🙂

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