I’m getting worried about the homicide rate in Norfolk, and particularly around the Broads.  In the last week we’ve had DCI Greg Geldard investigating a new series of murders in Heather Peck’s latest book Fires of Hate, and now DI John Tanner is back in David Blake’s latest book, Long Gore Hall.


Number 8 in the best selling DI Tanner series has arrived, and it’s another cracker.  It starts with an intruder at the spooky Long Gore Hall, set in the marshes of the Broads.  The new owner, recently arrived from South Africa, picks up a shotgun and as the intruder jumps out with a knife, takes a shot at point blank range.  Thinking the intruder is dead, he calls the police, but by the time Tanner arrives the body has gone!

To mark the launch of the new book, David Blake is going to be visiting several outlets in Norfolk during April to sign some books and meet some of his fans.  Dates confirmed so far include:

  • Wednesday 13th April, 1pm, Waterstones, Norwich
  • Thursday 14th April, 10.30am, Roys of Wroxham, Hoveton
  • Thursday 14th April, 2pm, Waterstones, Lowestoft

In addition, David is hoping to call in at some other bookshops and retail outlets around the Broads.

Long Gore Hall by David Blake (DI Tanner No. 8)
Paperback 316 pages; Black Oak Publishing
ISBN 9781916347977; RRP £8.99

We also have some other new books arrived this week.

A History of Norfolk in 100 Places

A History of Norfolk in 100 Places

This super book features 100 locations in Norfolk with historical significance, organised in chronological chapters – starting with Happisburgh Beach in the Palaeolithic era through to Norwich Library in the twentieth century. For each location there are photographs, detailed descriptions, an access guide (how to get there, times of opening etc.) and a very useful list of related further reading.   If you love visiting historical sites and want to get a better understanding of the history of Norfolk, this is a brilliant guide.

A History of Norfolk in 100 Places
Paperback 288 pages; History Press
ISBN 9780750993661; RRP £17.99

Norwich in the Second World War by Neil R. Storey

Norwich in the Second World War

There are quite a few books around that hark back to wartime in Norfolk, but this one is much more than a photograph album.  Well known local historian Neil Storey divides the book up into the different phases of the war and explores the affects on the city of Norwich.  The text is interesting and very readable, collating stories and anecdotes of wartime life from numerous sources.  An appendix, useful for anyone researching local family histories, lists the names and addresses of all the casualties of the air raids on the city.

Norwich in the Second World War by Neil R. Storey
Paperback 148 pages; History Press
ISBN 9780750996167; RRP £17.99

Bungay History Tour

This new title in Amberley’s excellent History Tour series takes a closer look at the small but historic town of Bungay on the Norfolk Suffolk border.  The town has a long history and this guide takes you around the places to visit.  If you haven’t come across this series there are quite a few covering towns and cities in our area, including Norwich, King’s Lynn, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Cromer and Sheringham, Ely, Bury St. Edmunds and Great Yarmouth.

Bungay History Tour by Christopher Reeve
Paperback 96 pages; Amberley
ISBN 9781398103641; RRP £8.99

And finally don’t forget we stock a comprehensive range of maps and guidebooks for East Anglia, including Ordnance Survey maps of course, our own range of Dinky pocket walking maps, and many others that are not always readily available elsewhere.