Broadland: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (DI Tanner Norfolk Broads Murder Mystery Series Book 1)

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Broadland: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (DI Tanner Norfolk Broads Murder Mystery Series Book 1)

Broadland: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (DI Tanner Norfolk Broads Murder Mystery Series Book 1)

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Once again, it really wouldn’t have looked out of place on display at a 1960s ideal home exhibition. The Collins Family name was synonymous with boat building and hire on the Norfolk Broads, from humble beginnings in Coltishall to establishing one of the most successful hire fleets in Broadland at Wroxham .

We managed to fulfil another part of Andrew’s dream and get ourselves a place in The MICHELIN Guide. 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.

A bit more trawling (pun intended) of the internet revealed that the image above does indeed feature the harbour mouth at Seahouses. A type 22, hexagon shaped pillbox survived in a private garden, being used as a storage shed for many years after the war. Having changed hands numerous times, the remaining hire fleet was finally disbanded and the premises was sold off for redevelopment. Heading down Acle Dyke, nothing remains of the wartime defences, although an old aerial image clearly shows that another Type 22 pillbox was situated along the dyke.

The twists and turns in the story kept me guessing and I enjoyed the characters which I felt were very believable and I could empathise with. Magnify that across the rest of Norfolk and Suffolk and, indeed, the whole of the UK and you can appreciate just what an incredible feat of organisation and engineering this was. I want to thank NetGalley and Black Oak Publishing for forwarding to me a copy of this book for me to read and review.We’re super excited about what 2024 will bring with Hannah and to quote the talented exec and director herself, “. By the time I got through half of the book, I found I really didn't care who murdered the woman – or about any of the characters either. I will not weary you with superlatives extolling the virtues of this place, but will hold myself to say merely that a Broads holiday is a very original experience, and if you are equipped with the right party, a good boat and fifty per cent fine weather, you can have a very good time, at a much lower cost than you can afford. The old ironmongery building was a rabbit warren over, I think, three floors, and a cold building hence the sweaters under jackets, all with pens in pockets.

Having been distracted for almost an entire afternoon, I got very little work done on the actual Broads photographs. Hannah was a TV Director and Executive Producer and therefore loves a strong visual and also to tell a decent story.Whilst the Blakes agency began producing annual yachting lists and brochures from 1908 onwards, Hoseasons from the 1940s, and other agencies including Bradbeer, Helmsman and Pennant’s popping up at various points along the way, many boatyards have also produced their own brochures, advertising leaflets and booklets over the years.

The large picture windows and patio doors, and the wooden cladding, look very much like the holiday chalets which began to spring up around Broadland and elsewhere during the 1950s and 1960s. I really enjoyed this book, the story was fast paced with short enough chapters to make me want to keep turning the pages. David first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I first read book 1 in his Inspector Capstan series, The Slaughtered Virgin of Zenopolis and have read every book he has published since. This story, however, concerns probably one of the finest yachts built by Ernest Collins and how she ended up 4000 miles away from home.The entry for the Vesta class from the 1954 edition of Blake’s “Holiday’s Afloat” brochure can be seen on the left. Both regular and territorial forces were involved in the defence of the region, along with the Home Guard, the latter playing an increasingly more important role in those home defences as the war progressed. As a more romantic relationship develops 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. In the beer garden of the Bridge Inn is a spigot mortar emplacement pedestal, another remains in a field at the rear of the pub and a third stood in the nearby boatyard.



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