Meet DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man who has his work cut out. While at a crime scene he is informed of another murder. But Burnt is also having problems at home. He suspects his wife is having an affair.
As the clues unfold DS Burnt begins a game of cat and mouse.
What links the two murders to a doctor and a psychiatric hospital?
Trying to juggle his personal life and the job, Burnt must navigate Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas to catch a killer and stop a vicious gang.
Murder By The Broads is the authors debut novel and the first book in a new series to feature DS Adam Burnt. Adam is someone that never quite turns off from his work. Even though he is married with a young family, when spending time with them his mind always seems to drift to the case he is currently working on. Then of course there is also the issue with his own marriage and whether he can trust his wife or not. Even though we get to know a bit about Adam, I feel like there is more to come with this character. His personal life, even though we get a few snippets, is more in the background and the author concentrates more on the case. I actually like this as sometimes authors can spend too much time letting the reader get to know the characters at the expense of the story. Well thankfully not in this instance.
The story flicks back and forth from present day to events leading up to the death of two boys of which is where the story starts off. I’m sure attending a murder isn’t easy at the best of times but it’s even worse when it’s someone that whom hasn’t fully reached adulthood yet. The fact that it isn’t just one death but two had my interest piqued right away.
The pace of the story is a steady one picking up every now and again in places. It’s certainly one you need to keep your wits about you to keep up with the story line so you don’t get lost. Not that, that’s a bad thing, it’s just with the story going back and forth and then flicking between certain characters, it’s one that you may need to concentrate on that little bit more.
Murder By The Broads is a dark and tense read with a few surprises up it’s sleeve. It’s a strong and solid start by an author who I think is going to go from strength to strength. Will certainly be looking forward to more by him after this commendable debut.
My Thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Anthony Tamiozzo was born in Derby and raised in Great Yarmouth. He moved to Aberdeenshire around 2007 with his wife and two kids. He has the day job of a software engineer.
His spare time, when not hill-running, tearing down a mountain on a bike, or coaching his boys football team, he is writing about where he grew up.
He knows people who died or was killed because of drugs all in the unassuming town of Great Yarmouth, which continues to inspire his ideas.
His real name is Ant Wilson but adopted his father’s Italian surname for his writing pseudonym. His favourite writer is Elmore Leonard.