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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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Narrator is best bit

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

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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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Disappointing and far fetched

What is going on with Tanner's voice?? think he has turned into Rhod Gilbert! Sorry, but I normally love Jonathan Keeble's narration, but not this time. I am struggling to finish this one, but will keep going to the end, hoping that the storyline is worth it, but at the moment, I am amazed at how Tanner still has a job!

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Bit over long

Love these books and narration, found this one over long..and couldn't keep up with who was who!

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Superbly narrated but not David Blake’s best.

Without such a brilliant narrator I’m not sure this story would have held my attention so well. The writer led us off track at times but overall the plot was fairly easy to unravel from the first few chapters. Seems Tanner missed a trick or two!! I’ve enjoyed some of David Blake’s other books and think this one isn’t as good. Thank you Jonathan Keeble for your exceptional narration as always.

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Worth a credit.

Without spoiling the story I figured something out at the beginning of the book. But having said that it didn't spoil the plot. There were some surprises along the way. I really did enjoy it. But I've enjoyed everyone of David Blake's books. I would thoroughly recommend.

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Have enjoyed the series and this was a good story but found the bad language completely unnecessary.

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fantastic but don't be fooled by synopsis

fantastic story great story great narrator, would highly recommend.
This book however is nothing to do with ghosts or the paranormal in the absolute slightest as it is suggested by the tags and write up.

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brilliant

listened to this book in one day while recuperating, got me hooked from beginning to end

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Another great listen

The last one in the series and it was as good as all the others. Hopefully there will be more later. Highly recommended. Narration excellent.

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  • TGR
  • 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 don't know why I keep going with this series other than to see that each one does seem to hold a small glimmer of interesting storylines that I keep wishing would go in a different, better direction and I 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.