Murder by the Broads
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.
I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Murder on the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo is a Police procedural drama set along the windswept Norfolk coast.
First the more difficult part of the review.
For me the novel didn’t quite work, but that was down to the format. The author frequently changes points of view in the middle of the chapter, meaning I had to go back more than once to pick up the thread of the story. While the way he flips the story back and fore between the event the story is centred around and those leading up to it, is not clearly sign posted. The multiple story threads are also confusing and a bit too messy, and left the story off balance for me.
Now for the better part of this review, the bit I love writing!
Even with the above, this is still a promising debut by an author who clearly has a bright future. I loved the characterisation, especially DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man whose complicated home life makes him fascinating and he has I believe, the makings of a classical personality, around which a series of books could be written. I pretty much liked the characters that I was meant to like and felt contempt for those who prey on those weaker than themselves.
Where Anthony Tamiozzo excels himself, is in the way he portrays the drug culture that can swallow up whole communities. This part of the novel is superb. It reeks of the seediness of the cruel world that many of us walk past each day, but never focus on. He captures the exploitive nature of the criminal underworld and the violence that it breeds. He takes you into a world that many of us know is there and makes us face our own fears, of how close it actually is to us and those we love.
Murder by the Broads shows the potential of a writer whose journey I will follow with much interest. Give it a read, because what didn’t quite synch with me, might do so with you and you don’t want to miss a great read!
You can purchase Murder by The Broads from Amazon.
About the author
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.