St Benet’s by David Blake Book Review

Hey! Today I have a review for the wonderful novel St Benet’s by David Blake. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy from Books on the Bright Side and David for sending me a free copy to review. All opinions are my own and are free of bias.


“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


This is the 2nd novel by David Blake that I have read. St Benet’s starts as it means to go with captivating writing and story. I really enjoy David’s books he has a way of dragging you in and creating a story which compels you to keep going. The main and secondary characters are becoming more and more involved as each book continues, we see more of their personailities, traits and how that changes when they are together.

The plot was fantastic and not entirely predictable. The deaths were described in the most brilliantly gruesome way which just added to the depth of the story.

In this book we see the relationship between Tanner and Jenny develop and how that impacts on their working relationship. It takes us through some highs and lows unlocked more of their character arc. We also see the introduction of a new character who I feel will become more involved as the book series continues.

I am throughly looking forward to the next book The Moorings. This is an absolute must for thosewho love a good police procedural.

Author Bio

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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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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