St. Benets by David Blake #BlogTour

June 28, 2019

"Wow! Even better than Broadland!" Anna Burke

A girl thrown from a church tower, a man sacrificed to Satan, and a priest murdered at the hands of the Devil.

When the body of an old man is found lying in the ruins of St Benet’s Abbey, his throat cut, a knife resting in his open hand, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans are given no choice but to accept a ruling of death by misadventure. 

But when the body goes missing from its tomb, after a priest is found nailed to a cross, and another impaled on a stake, everything begins to point back to the murder of a teenage girl, thrown from the top of a church tower, some forty-three years before.

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

St. Benet's is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the second in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

My Review

Thanks to Sarah at Book on The Brightside Tours for the invite and ARC for this, the 2nd in the series by David Blake Starring DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans. I’ve yet to read the first in the series, Broadchurch but as I’m on the tour for St. Benet’s, I’ve kicked off with this one.

Events from book 1 are touched on as is the case in any series but it in no way made my read of this any less enjoyable.

This tale begins in the past, detailing a young girl and an incident that place in a church 45 years previous...moving into the present when a body is found at the St. Benet’s Abbey, unsure how he met his death, DI John tanner and DC Jenny Evans pick up the case.

Tanner and Evans are also in a relationship, which makes for an interesting read.

Sin, religion, Satan , cults and more , David Blake feels like an author not afraid to shock , I think he quite enjoys it actually! , and there are some deliciously gruesome scenes in this book,.

A proper police procedural with a very likeable main protagonist in Tanner, ably backed up by partner Evans , also a great character , the chemistry between them is very good. The locations the book is set in is great and I like Tanner’s living situation, I’m quite jealous in a way.

Extremely well written, a fast-moving story that got me with the final twist, this is A top drawer Thriller.

I think I’ll be reading book 1 very soon!

4 stars and highly recommend!

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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