Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Review of One Dark Lie by Clare Chase - 5**


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 …

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


This is the 3rd book in the London & Cambridge Mysteries series. It follows on from A Stranger's House (which is also brilliant) but can be read as a standalone. 

Ruby takes a job writing about Diana, a member of the Cambridge elite. Diana's brother asks her to do it and sets some very stringent guidelines. However, Ruby being Ruby, follows her nose into the mystery of Diana's suspicious death.

In the meantime, Nate is closing in on the gangster whom he suspects killed his sister - but he is still working out whether it was him or his sister that was the target. 

I LOVE Clare's books! And this one was just as good as the others. She keeps you guessing right to the end and a couple of red herrings in this one really confused me - in a good way!

The characters are believable and I love Ruby's dogged determination. The plot is complicated enough to keep your interest all the way through and the flashes of humour certainly help to relieve the tension.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. So delighted with this wonderful review, Ann – thank you!

  2. Oooh, you've just reminded me I want to read it. More now after that fab review! Well done, Clare! Thanks for sharing, Ann. :) xx