What if you were powerless to protect the person you cared about most?
When Ruby finds out that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, a job house-sitting in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution.
But it’s soon clear the absent owner hurts everyone he gets close to, and Ruby’s faced with the fallout. As violent repercussions unfold, her instinct is to investigate: it’s a matter of self-preservation. And besides, she’s curious…
But Ruby’s new boss, Nate Bastable, has his eye on her and seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play?
Book 2 in the Series. Book 1 – You Think You Know Me. Book 3 – One Dark Lie
From Death by Choc Lit – gripping edge of your seat reads.
Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries set in London and Cambridge. 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.
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 a 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.
…lare Chase has written a book with all the perfect elements of a good mystery novel – location, secrets, mysterious characters and lots of little clues hidden throughout the story line. This was a difficult book to put down once you start to read it. I love the fact that I immediately hated Damien Newbold and continued to hate him throughout. He is a fantastically well developed character with so many concerning traits that he intrigues the reader throughout. A really enjoyable read and highly recommended for those of you who love a good sleuth!
Reviewed by JB at Brook Cottage Books
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I absolutely loved this book. Gripped from start to finish, I found the storyline completely plausible and the characters realistic and likeable. The depth of background information about the main characters left you genuinely caring about what happened to them. The romantic element was enough to make you want them to get together, but not so much that it took away from the grittiness of the story. Despite Ruby’s vulnerability, she was still an admirably strong character who didn’t spend all her time feeling sorry for herself or being a victim. Nate offered all the aspects of a traditional ‘hero’ without being cliched. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and truly hope that Clare Chase is planning a follow up where Nate and Ruby investigate Susie’s death. I would be first in line to read that. In the meantime, I fully intend to download ‘You Think You Know Me’ now!
Clare Chase really impressed me with her first London & Cambridge Mystery, You Think You Know Me, and the author’s skill at weaving together intricate levels of intrigue and romance are displayed brilliantly again here. With a solid plot and marvellous characters, A Stranger’s House is a fantastic read that is hard to put down!
Reviewed by Clare Hill at Claire Loves to Read
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