Thursday, 23 March 2017

One Dark Lie by Clare Chase
Series: London & Cambridge Mysteries #3
Release Date: 12th December 2016
Publisher: Choc Lit Ltd (Death by Choc Lit Imprint)
Genres: Mystery

The truth can hurt, and sometimes it leads to murder …

After becoming embroiled in a murder investigation, Nate Bastable and Ruby Fawcett have decided to opt for the quiet life. But crime has a habit of following them around.

When her work dries up, Ruby finds herself accepting a job researching and writing about Diana Patrick-John, a colourful and enigmatic Cambridge academic. Simple enough. But then there’s the small fact that Diana was found dead in suspicious circumstances in her home – the very place where Ruby has now been invited to stay.

As she begins to uncover Diana’s secret life, Ruby’s sleuthing instinct kicks in, leaving her open to danger and retribution. But can she rely on Nate to support her? Especially when his behaviour has become increasingly distant and strange, almost as though he had something to hide …


Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous book A Stranger's House by Clare Chase (you can find my review HERE ) I was so keen to read this book. And, I was not disappointed. For all you fans of mysteries this book will feed your addiction to good old fashioned sleuthing! 

The story carries on from A Stranger's House but it can be read just as well as a standalone although I would urge you to read the previous book just to add further to your enjoyment of the series. Again we are introduced to Nate and Ruby. Now in a relationship, Nate is unhappy that Ruby takes up the job offer to write about the life of Diana Patrick-John, a murdered academic. Nate is worried that Ruby and her nose for a good story will not be able to resist the urge to investigate the murder while she is writing the book. He is also worried that Diana's sleazy brother has another agenda in hiring Ruby. But, Ruby being fiercely independent and not one to take advice easily decides to go ahead and move into Diana's old home to write the book. She does not feel she has Nate's support but he himself has some secrets that he doesn't want to reveal to Ruby in order to protect her from danger, despite placing himself right in the line of danger in an attempt to protect Ruby and bring the murderer of his own sister to justice. Both are being inexplicably lead into worlds that could threaten the survival of their relationship and in fact their lives. 

During her research into Diana, its not long before Ruby finds put that Diana's life isn't everything that was publicly portrayed. In fact, the entire family is such an intricate web of lies and deceit and before long Ruby finds herself caught up in trying to solve the murder.

This book had me totally hooked from the very beginning. So much so that I simply could not put it down. The easy writing style carried me along and  I have been recommending this book to work colleagues, long before I even finished it. Its just that good! I love that Ruby is such a strong female lead with a real nose for a good mystery. She doesn't rely on Nate or need his validation to do what she wants. She's a brilliant character and I love her! Throughout the course of the book there are little snippets of secrets and clues hidden throughout and lots of surprises and open mouthed moments for me! With a complicated but expertly written plot to tease the reader throughout, One Dark Lie will weave you into its mystery and suspense. More please Clare Chase!!! A very highly recommended read from me.

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Clare Chase writes mysteries set in London and Cambridge featuring crime-solving couples. She fell in love with the capital as a student, living in the rather cushy surroundings of Hampstead in what was then a campus college of London University. (It’s currently being turned into posh flats …)
After graduating in English Literature, she moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies presents a good happy medium.
As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.
She lives with her husband and teenage children, and currently works at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
One Dark Lie is her third novel with Choc Lit. Previous titles are You Think You Know Me and A Stranger’s House.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks so much for this wonderful review, JB. I’m absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the book!

  2. Because the book sounds ace and I live chocolate!

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