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Summary

The debut crime thriller series of the year! 

An intruder shot dead to be seen rising from the grave, a young reporter's body found with a face contorted by fear and a long-forgotten mansion lying in the midst of an ancient Norfolk marsh.  

The ancestral owner of Long Gore Hall arrives from overseas with an ambitious plan to renovate his crumbling family home. But when he shoots an intruder only for the body to vanish into thin air, DI Tanner is left grappling with a story of a ghostly apparition, one that will instantly kill anyone who dares stare into its hollow, unforgiving eyes.  

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

Long Gore Hall is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the eighth 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 J M Dalgliesh into David Blake devotees.

©2022 David Blake (P)2022 W F Howes

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Absolutely fantastic!

Loved the whole series and can’t wait for next instalment.
Jonathan Keeble really is a class apart…

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Narrator is best bit

I worked out the plot very quickly it was predictable and a bit dull shame

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Superintendent in charge of the whole Police Force?

I do like these books and as an ex police officer I find them fairly accurate with regards to police procedure knowing that some artistic license is expected. However to constantly refer to a Superintendent as head of Norfolk Police as if he’s the Chief Constable is quite frankly a little bit irritating.

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Fabulous !

I just love this series... can't wait for the next one, roll on March 2023 !,

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Good listen.

The fact that I listened to the book & finished it in 2 days really sums up how good this book is.

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Excellent read

Loved it. Loved it . Loved it. Tanner never fails to surprise… his life is so complicated…. Story was great .. lots of twists and turns as all these books have … can’t wait for the next one

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Time for a new beginning?

I’ve listened to all of the DI Tanner books in audio format from the beginning through to this latest edition.

The first thing I will say is that the bits you are expecting to be done well certainly are. Jonathan Keebles now very familiar voice is still perfect for the style of storytelling, and the fact he has been there throughout causes a fond affection for returning characters.

I think this series from David Blake has been fantastic, I’ve very much enjoyed listening to it, however, this is the first time that at a point in the story I actually felt a little bit tired of it. The general story around Long Gore hall is not bad, but when Christine becomes entangled in it you can’t help but feel that it’s all a little TOO close to Tanner again and it feels like it’s just sort of disappearing into itself and becoming somewhat of a nonsense.

It doesn’t help that I will freely admit I don’t really like the Christine character, I don’t feel a closeness or an affection to her and she for me just doesn’t have anything about her that makes you want to root for her (I actually found myself in this one rather hoping she was going to be written out!) So it certainly had an effect on me that much of the story plays around her role.

As I say, I’ve genuinely enjoyed this series, it’s the only series where I’ve preordered the next edition, and listened to book after book across a number of weeks.

I like Tanner, I like the narration, and I like the setting of these stories. However, this is the first time that I’ve listened to one of the books in this series and wondered if maybe it’s time to start a fresh? Has David Blake taken Tanner as far as possible without bringing about change? Do we need to look at the story from perhaps one of the younger officers points of view with Tanner being more of a supervisor? With this edition at times I found myself screwing up my face and saying “oh really?!” Out loud as I couldn’t quite believe in the direction the story was taking.

David Blake deserves a lot of credit for the series, however this is the first time I have listened and wondered if perhaps we’re scraping the barrel a little.

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A little annoying

I’m a big fan of this series but please can DCI Forester stop shouting his head off. Also if I could have a £1 for every use of the word psychopathic, I’d be very rich! Starting to get annoyed. Please tone it down for the next one!

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Compelling intriguing engaging murder mystery

Brilliant next book in the series was very engaging, got hooked very quickly, quite a few twists and turns to the storyline, was good to catch up on Mike and Christine will look forward to the next book when the baby will be born, narration was brilliant love Jonathan Keeble narration books

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Great series of books

I've loved listening to all the books in the series. Great storyline and great narrator. can't wait for the next one

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  • 07-07-22

So here’s the thing…

Honestly, I’ve listened to the entire series and I am not sure why ?! There isn’t anything awesome about the stories, the characters, the performance or the writing. In fact, I find the use of profanity gratuitous and largely inappropriate at the times it’s used. I’m not offended, per se, it’s just ridiculously over used and speaks to a lack of just clearly writing what NEEDS to be spoken, rather than what “could “work in lieu of the right words.
Tanner is annoying. And kind of dull for a detective. The girlfriend— the first one, met a sad demise— but if she hadn’t I think I would have stopped listening/reading long ago. Unfortunately, though smarter, the next girlfriend is put in to ridiculous situations that don’t match her stature.
For the life, I do t know who I keep going with this series other than to see that each one holds a small glimmer of interesting storylines that I keep wishing would go in a different, better direction and it can at least say that perhaps, simple annoying stories like this one are minutely good enough to get me to my next awesome read/ listen.
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  • Anna Schwoerer
  • 08-06-22

Well written!

The characters were delightful and quirky. I loved the cheeky Brit's sense of humor. Well done!

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  • Trish R.
  • 04-06-22

Can't wait for the next one..

Very good mystery, which I never figured out, I had to be told at the end. I did feel sorry for Lawrence Hambleton.

A smidge of romance and the F-bomb was used 18 times.

As for the narration: Jonathan Keeble is an awesome narrator. I've listened to all 18 of his narration of the DCI Ryan Mysteries, by LJ Ross, and have loved every one of them, as well as all 8 of these DI Tanner books.