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by Choc Lit Lite, 3 Dec. 2014. Kindle Edition.
When Anna Morris moves to
London to pursue her career in journalism, she meets Max Conran at her friend
Seb's art gallery. He is attractive yet somewhat shady, but she can't keep away
from him. When Anna accepts a job at the gallery, Seb reveals that Max is
actually Darrick Farron, an art investigator with a nefarious clientele who
will stop and nothing to obtain the paintings they want. Torn, Anna follows Seb's
advice and tries to cool it off with Darrick. But not for long.
their relationship develops she learns more, and understands less, about him.
Why does he have a photo of Seb's dead ex-girlfriend Julia hidden in his flat?
What's he doing with Seb's ex-wife? And what happened to the valuable artwork
Julia owned, after she died? And, little by little, Anna finds herself drawn
towards the biggest question of all: just how did Julia die?
novel had a well-crafted denouement that kept me engaged and guessing the whole
time. At times, the tension was almost palpable and I nearly jumped once when a
loud noise disturbed my reading, so engrossed was I in the story.
author created sympathetic characters and established believable relationships
between them. Anna was a credible heroine and a likeable one - struggling with
the same career decisions and housemate issues as many other young Londoners.
Darrick was a suitably mysterious and manly love interest, and the more
intimate details of his relationship with Anna were cleverly glossed over in a
way that left the reader in no doubt as to what was going on, but didn’t dwell
on the details. I appreciated the nuanced linguistics as much as I appreciated
the author’s focus on the plot.
was only sorry this was not part of a series. I'd like to see more from Clare
Clare Chase writes fast-paced romantic mysteries, using London
and Cambridge as settings. Her influences include JD Robb, Janet Evanovich,
Mary Stewart and Sue Grafton. Brought up in the Midlands, she went on to read
English at London University, then worked in book and author promotion in
venues as diverse as schools, pubs and prisons. More recently she’s exercised
her creative writing muscles in the world of PR, and also worked for the
University of Cambridge. Her current day job is at the Royal Society of
writing is inspired by what makes people tick, and how strong emotions can
occasionally turn everyday incidents into the stuff of crime novels. It would
be impossible not to mix these topics with romance and relationships; they’re
central to life and drive all forms of drama.
she’s not reading or writing, Clare enjoys drawing, cooking and trips to the
Lake District. Closer to home she loves wandering round the pubs, restaurants
and galleries of Cambridge where she lives with her husband and two teenage
Joanna Kennedy studied French and German at university. She works in
the aerospace industry and is a chartered marketer in the UK. She describes herself as a
voracious reader, enjoying genres as varied as crime thrillers, historical
fiction and autobiographies. Joanna lives in London. She is the daughter of crime thriller
writer Leigh Russell.