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Friday, March 31, 2017

One Dark Lie by Clare Chase - Book Review & Giveaway

 Book review

Review by Anniek
Ruby is a writer. Lately she hasn't been happy with her books and the direction her publisher wants her to take. When Quentin Patrick-John approaches her to write a book about his sister Diana, Ruby sees this as a new opportunity to profile herself as a writer. Diana Patrick-John was a well know academic and was murdered in her home. Her murder is still unsolved. Even though her house is also the crime-scene, Ruby moves in and stays with Diana's brother, wife and daughter. What will Ruby find when she starts digging into Diana's background and life?

Nate withdrew from the outside world after his sister was killed in a housefire. Nate thought for a long time that he was the target, but now that he's found out that it was his sister they were after he's trying to get enough evidence to put the murderer behind bars. Nate is keeping his girlfriend Ruby away from his home because he doesn't want her to get hurt. He knows that Quentin Patrick-John is bad news and he's not happy with the fact that Ruby is living with him now and is writing a story about his sister. Will Ruby's job be the one thing that they can't overcome together?

Ruby is a skilled writer. She's curious and has a brilliant mind. She's very good at connecting dots and knows where to look for more information. Even though Quentin Patrick-John is an intimidating person she doesn't let him make all the rules. She knows what she's doing and she won't stop until her story is complete. Ruby is a strong and independent woman and I loved that about her.

Nate still struggles with the pain and grief of losing his sister. I understood why he made certain choices, but I wished for him to be more open with Ruby about this. Instead of growing closer to her, Nate only drifts further away from Ruby. It saddened me that Nate thinks he has to deal with his sister's murder on his own. He knows he will be in danger when trying to bring a murderer to justice, but he's willing to take that risk and I was desperately hoping for him to succeed. Nate is determined to avenge his sister's death and I admired him for that.
Ruby and Nate are already established characters and One Dark Lie isn't the first book about them. They were formed by events that happened in the past. They were introduced in the second book in The London & Cambridge Mysteries series, A Stranger's House. Because I haven't read that story it took me a little while to connect to Ruby and Nate. One Dark Lie can be read as a standalone since Clare Chase will give you enough information to understand the story, but it slowed me down a bit because I didn't know Ruby and Nate's background. That said, One Dark Lie is a phenomenal story with lots of mystery and action. Ruby and Nate both have their own gripping journey and I was thrilled to learn more about the outcome for them both. Their story is filled with suspense and unexpected surprises. I really enjoyed reading about Ruby and Nate and think they're interesting main characters I'd love to know more about.


One Dark Lie is an action-packed story filled with mysteries and mindblowing twists. To fully understand the main characters I would recommend to start with A Stranger's House.

About Clare Chase

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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One very lucky winner will receive a fabulous prize pack which includes a paperback copy of A Stranger’s House (the first Ruby Fawcett and Nate Bastable Cambridge mystery), a sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat and a Cambridge key ring.


  1. Sounds like an exciting read . Thanks for the chance .

  2. Thanks so much for the lovely review, Anniek!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog! We hope you had a great tour!

  3. Since I enjoy reading mysteries, I would love to win a copy of this book by a new-to-me author.

  4. Thanks for the advice to read the other book first.

  5. I'm always looking for new and exciting authors to discover. This sounds like a great read.

  6. It sounds really good and the prize is awesome too :)

  7. I'd love to read A Stranger’s House so I could come up to speed on Ruby and Nate's relationship before reading the next book in the series One Dark Lie. And a sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat is tempting too! I'd love to visit Hotel Chocolat. Thanks for a great review!

  8. I think the review was deftly written, it came the point, which I admire. I hate wordy reviews.

  9. I'd like to win because it's the book that actually gives the characters stories, in what looks like a thrilling series :)

  10. Sounds like a book I would enjoy and of course the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate is always welcome

  11. This book looks and sounds like I will enjoy reading it. Thanks for the review!!!

  12. I would really like to read this book!

  13. Because this book sounds good!


  14. I love discovering new books with strong women protagonists.

  15. We live with slugs as well Clare! They are enormous with orange stripes like tigers, come from who-knows-where in the middle of the night & nibble on any catfood left lying about!