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. (It's currently being turned into posh flats ...)
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, with her husband and teenage daughters, 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.
Clare's debut novel, You Think You Know Me, has been shortlisted for an EPIC award, and
was chosen as a debut of the month for September 2015 by Lovereading.
A signed paperback copy
of previous book, You Think You Know Me (also a mystery/suspense novel) plus a sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat.
I really enjoyed Clare's first book and this one is just as good. The descriptions of the villages around Cambridge are very well-evoked and the characters could all be people that you or I know in everyday life. It's a thriller with
a twist and Clare is excellent at building up suspense, leaving the reader wanting more. Her real skill is in making you empathise with her protagonist until at the end when you realise she's in danger, you just want to scream 'Be careful'. I read this book
in two sittings and just love Clare's easy-to- read style.