BROOK COTTAGE BOOK TOURS PRESENTS: A STRANGERS’S HOUSE by Claire Chase 11 – 22 April 2016

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A STRANGER’S HOUSE
BY CLARE CHASE

Genre: Mystery: woman sleuth / crime-solving couple
Release Date: 12th February 2016 (Kindle version)
Publisher: Choc Lit Ltd (under their new ‘Death by Choc Lit’ imprint).

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?

From Death by Choc Lit – gripping edge of your seat reads.

BUY LINKS
Buy UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clare-Chase/e/B00P5DU5NY/
Buy US: http://www.amazon.com/Clare-Chase/e/B00P5DU5NY/

MY REVIEW

From the moment Ruby stepped across the threshold of River House I knew this was going to be a great read.  Glad of a place of refuge while she sorts out her life following husband Luke’s betrayal with a much younger woman, house sitting seems to be the ideal solution. Unfortunately she soon finds living in the mysterious Damien Newbold’s house is far from peaceful. Strange things begin to occur; a mysterous package is delivered, an ex-lover arrives and Ruby becomes involved with the students next door, one of whom had fallen under Damien’s spell with disastrous results. And then the unthinkable happens.

I warmed to Ruby straight away and also her friend Steph.  The house sitting was suppose to give her space to sort out her life but instead she found herself pulled into a lot of strange and sometimes quite scary goings on. Then to add to her problems she finds herself dealing with Luke, who has become the subject of hate mail.

Nate is lovely – dependable and undeniably attractive , he has his own past to deal with.  There is an immediate and strong attraction between him and Ruby and  moments when I was convinced they were going to get together. But it didn’t happen.  For those who remember, it reminded me of the will they – won’t they situation in the 1980s series Moonlighting between Maddie and David. (Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis.)

The book is cleverly written from the two central characters’ viewpoints.  As the story progresses more people become suspects as the body count increases and we are supplied with a good few red herrings to confuse and distract.  I have to confess I did work out  whodunit but not the why.  Maybe I’m wrong but the ending did give me a feeling we might see more of Nate and Ruby in the future. A fabulously entertaining read and a well deserved five stars from me.

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT CLARE CHASE

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 …)

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, 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.
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A signed paperback copy of previous book, You Think You Know Me (also a mystery/suspense novel) plus a sweet treat from Hotel Chocolat.

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PROMO POST – BROOK COTTAGE BOOKS PRESENTS: DOLLAR SIGNS BY MANNING WOLFE 4 – 8 April, 2016

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DOLLAR SIGNS
BY MANNING WOLFE

Genre: legal thriller
Release Date: 2/18/16
Publisher: Starpath Books, LLC

MERIT BRIDGES, an attorney and widowed mother in Austin, Texas, works hard, drinks too much wine, and sleeps with younger men. When Merit goes after a shady
corporation threatening her client, she encounters hired gun Boots King. His charge is simple, “Stop her!” Merit and her team – including Betty, a mothering office manager with a bad-ass attitude – struggle to stay alive, while they navigate a labyrinth of legal issues, and prove once again that you don’t mess with a Texas lady lawyer.

BUY LINKS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MANNING WOLFE an author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King.

A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peek into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.

 

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PRAISE FOR DOLLAR SIGNS!

A legal thriller not to be missed…Manning Wolfe just put
herself on my list of must-read authors. — Mark Pryor, Hugo
Marston Novels

Move over, John Grisham. There’s a lady lawyer in town.
Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Ricos Tales

This novel is smart, funny, moving, and entertaining as hell.
Jesse Sublett, 1960’s Austin Gangsters

A great read, and Texas crime fiction has a new star.
Bill Crider, Dan Rhodes Mysteries

Pages smoke like burnt fried chicken grease on a Saturday
night…This one, my friends, is a non-putter-downer!
George Wier, Bill Travis Mysteries.

A high-speed storyline full of twists and turns upon a stark
background of reality as lawyers might really experience
it. Manning Wolfe is one of the up and coming legal thriller
writers of this generation. Read her and enjoy her, but don’t
expect much sleep! — John Ellsworth, author, Thaddeus
Murfee Legal Thrillers

 

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